The classes are held at the Scandinavian School, 20 Woodside Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94127. The semester consists of 8 weekly lessons – each lesson an hour and a half long. The cost is $280 per session. There is also a one time registration fee of $25 for first time students. Approximately $30 for teaching materials initially. The materials can be used for multiple classes.
Beginner Classes start on February 4 and end on April 8. No classes on February 18 and March 4.
Intermediate Classes start on February 13 and end on April 3.
Session 2 of beginner starts on April 22 and ends on June 24. No classes on May 27 and June 3.
Session 2 of Intermediate starts on April 24 and ends on June 12.
|Beginner 1||Cancelled||Pernille Oland|
|Beginner 2||Cancelled||Pernille Oland|
|Intermediate 1||Wednesday||6:00pm – 7:30pm||April 24||Mette Hjermind|
|Intermediate 2||Wednesday||7:40pm – 9:10pm||
Each year we have four semesters: two in the spring and two in the fall. You sign up for one semester (8 classes) at a time.
It is important that you send us the form along with a check with the tuition fee prior to class start. Send this to:
The Scandinavian School
Attn: Language Program
20 Woodside Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94127
Classes are small (typically 10 students) which gives us lots of time for individual attention. Beginner and intermediate students will be using the text book Colloquial Danish by W. Glyn Jones and Kirsten Gade available at Amazon or through your book store (please get second edition published in 2003 or a newer version). Articles from newspapers and magazines, song texts, music, picture collages, video clips, audio tapes, etc. will also be part of a fun and engaging curriculum in all classes.
The conversation class is a new class that we are offering for 8 weeks this fall. This class focuses on Danish conversation and is open to everyone who has already taken Beginner 1 and is enrolled in Beginner 2 or a higher level of Danish.This class is a good supplement to all other level classes and will be running parallel with Beginner 2 class on Monday nights.
This is a class for the student with no prior knowledge of the language. We will focus on basic Danish grammar and sentence structure and gradually build up our vocabulary.
This class is targeting students with at least 8 classes of Beginner or a very basic knowledge of Danish grammar and sentence structure. (The class follows the text book “Colloquial Danish” and will continue the curriculum from Chapter 6). We gradually build up our vocabulary and speak Danish. The focus is on practicing face-to-face communication in typical everyday situations. We read and write short texts and will also train our capabilities deciphering Danish through songs and taped conversations.
In this class, students read and write essays while practicing more conversation through role plays, interview and listening exercises. We still talk about grammar and vocabulary, but we also begin to create scenarios in which we can talk about more complex topics. Grammatical issues will still be explained in English, but we try to keep much of the class in Danish.
Intermediate 2 is for the student who has taken at least one Intermediate 1 semester (8 classes) or has equivalent experience. We continue the curriculum from Intermediate 1 but will soon move into new textbook material as the class finishes the “Colloquial Danish” book used so far. Emphasis is on speaking Danish as much as possible in class but grammar and more complex topics will still be explained in English.
In the advanced class, the spoken language will primarily be Danish and emphasis is on conversation. This is not (necessarily) a class for students almost fluent in Danish, but as the class is conducted mainly in Danish, students should be able to interact with the teacher and the other students in Danish. Grammar exercises will be tailored to the most common problems in student essays.
If the above schedule does not fit your calendar, or if you prefer one-on-one tutoring, we offer private lessons at $50/hour.
Mette has a background in journalism. She has done both her B.A and M.A within this field and worked at regional newspapers in Denmark before pursuing a freelance career in the Bay Area. Mette currently writes for a number of Danish and American publications and handles some of the PR for Innovation Center Denmark in Palo Alto. She also arranges study tours for Danish groups visiting the US. She has taught Danish at Berlitz, worked as a Danish localizer/translator at Yahoo! and is currently doing Danish language tutoring at her home in Bolinas. Here, the youngest “students” are her four-year old daughter Elisabeth and infant son Lars.
Danish Language Teacher
The Scandinavian School in San Francisco
phone: 415 847-8649
Pernille Oland lived in Denmark until she moved to SF almost a decade ago. She lives with her Danish husband and their two girls. Before moving to San Francisco, Pernille worked as a certified SAP consultant in the IT department of a large real estate company. She also served as an instructor, teaching the employees how to use SAP as well as Windows XP and Office. Now she works at CPMC where she teaches IRBNet.