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Faculty of Humanities Curriculum for Courses in Danish as a Foreign Language for International Students at the University of Copenhagen

The 2008 Curriculum

Faculty of Humanities The Board of Study for Nordic Studies and Linguistics University of Copenhagen

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Chapter 1. Introduction 1. Introduction The courses in Danish as a foreign language for international students at The University of Copenhagen, the 2008 Curriculum, consist of preliminary BA studies. 1.2. Contents and Aims The courses in Danish as a foreign language for international students at The University of Copenhagen consist of intensive language instruction classes. Danish is studied and taught as a foreign language for communicative as well as academic purposes. In accordance with a discursive view of language and a primarily cognitive view of language acquisition the courses integrate theoretical knowledge of lexicon, grammar and phonology in the process of developing communicative competences in modern Danish, spoken and written. 1.3. Board of Studies and Faculty This curriculum applies to studies under the auspices of the Board of Study for Nordic Studies and Linguistics, the Faculty of Humanities, the University of Copenhagen. 1.4. Commencement and Authority This curriculum is valid from 1 September 2008, as per the Ministerial Order for “Bekendtgørelse nr. 338 af 6. maj 2004 om bachelor- om kandidatuddannelser ved universiteterne, section 67”, ”Bekendtgørelse nr. 867 af 19. august 2004 om eksamen ved universitetsuddannelser, section 33” and ”Bekendtgørelse nr. 32 af 29. januar 2008 om adgang m.v. ved bachelor- og kandidatuddannelser ved universiteterne, section 37”. 1.5. Duration and Structure The study programme for Danish as a Foreign Language is prescribed to 37.5 ECTS credits. The Danish language courses are offered as • 3-week pre-semester courses in January and August (7.5 ECTS credits) • Semester courses given twice a week during the academic term (September-November & February-May) (7.5 ECTS credits) Subject Elements: The following levels are offered: • Beginners 1 • Beginners 2 • Lower Intermediate • Upper Intermediate • Advanced Each language instruction course amounts to a total of 60 lessons of 45 minutes. Admission to Advanced level requires the student to have completed and passed Upper Intermediate level or documentation of equivalent competences in Danish. Admission to Upper Intermediate level requires the student to have completed and passed Lower Intermediate level or documentation of equivalent competences in Danish.

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Admission to Lower Intermediate level requires the student to have completed and passed Beginners’ level or documentation of equivalent competences in Danish. Admission to Beginners’ level 2 requires the student to have completed and passed Beginners’ level 1 or documentation of equivalent competences in Danish Admission to Beginners’ level 1 requires no prior knowledge of Danish. Credits: It is not possible to earn more than 15 ECTS credits from the ’Curriculum for Danish as a Foreign Language’ per semester. The students will be able to enrol in as many Danish language courses as they wish, but the number of ECTS credits will be limited to 15 each semester, including credits for pre-semester courses. 1.6. Admission Requirements The courses in Danish as a foreign language are designed for international students enrolled at the University of Copenhagen. International students enrolled at other Danish universities may enrol for the Danish Language courses by special agreement between the University of Copenhagen and the university at which they are matriculated. Native speakers of Danish are not eligible for enrolment. 1.7. Enrolment Enrolment takes place at the International Office of the University of Copenhagen. 1.8. Competency Targets and Profile of the Study Programme The courses in Danish as a foreign language for international students aim at developing communicative competences in modern Danish, spoken and written, for both social and academic purposes. Each course irrespective of level aims at providing international students with • communicative competences in Danish to various degrees of proficiency according to the social and academic demands relating to the study purpose of the particular student and his/her general exchange programme; • theoretical knowledge of Danish lexicon, grammar and phonology; • theoretical knowledge about the Danish language system, in a typological as well as historical perspective; • knowledge about Danish culture and society. 1.9 Examinations and Assessment Criteria The 3 week pre-semester and the semester courses lead up to exams in • Subject Element Code 46000001 Beginners Level 1, • Subject Element Code 46000002 Beginners Level 2, • Subject Element Code 46000003 Lower Intermediate Level, • Subject Element Code 46000004 Upper Intermediate Level or • Subject Element Code 46000005 Advanced Level. Form of Assessment: The 7-grade scale. The academic target for the individual subject elements describes Grade 12 (twelve). An examination has been passed if the assessment 02 (two) is given. Grading: External examiner appointed by the University.

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1.10. The Concept of Standard Pages A standard page in connection with prepared texts and written assignments equals 2400 type units including spaces. When estimating the volume of a written assignment notes are included, but not preface, references, and attachments. 1.11. Other Regulations Rules about examinations, including registration and withdrawal, are published on the Faculty website: www.hum.ku.dk. Make-up exams and re-sits are held in accordance with the regulations laid down in the examination order. The Board of Study sets the exact rules for make-up exams and re-sits, and has the power to decide that they should take a form different from the original exam. The Board of Study may stipulate exact rules for special exam conditions for students who are able to document a need for them, for example due to reduced physical or mental functions.

Chapter 2. Modules and Description of Subject Elements Competency Targets Each course irrespective of level aims at providing international students with • communicative competences in Danish to various degrees of proficiency according to the social and academic demands relating to the study purpose of the particular student and his/her general exchange programme; • theoretical knowledge of Danish lexicon, grammar and phonology; • theoretical knowledge about the Danish language system, in a typological as well as historical perspective; • knowledge about Danish culture and society. Beginners Level 1 Subject Element Code 46030001-01 7.5 ECTS credits Content: Texts and exercises focus on immediate communicative needs of exchange students, and students practise a number of basic speech functions relating to finding one’s feet at the beginning of an exchange programme abroad: introducing oneself and entering conversation on topics relating to everyday aspects of life as an exchange student (family and language background, accommodation, study area). Key concepts of time and place (numbers, weekdays, time of the day, transportation) are introduced and practiced in context. Central features of Danish phonology are strongly highlighted and practised orally, and a number of basic features of Danish grammar are integrated according to a communicative approach to language learning. Aspects of Danish cultural norms and ways of life that may appear specifically salient and/or puzzling to the students will be discussed. Academic Skills: The student is able to:

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understand clearly spoken Danish on topics relating to the immediate communicative needs of the newly arrived exchange student; talk about such matters despite a limited vocabulary and a structurally simplified way of expression; pronounce Danish in a way that does not seriously affect communication; read textbooks and similar texts on subjects relating to the topics dealt with in the course; write about topics dealt with in the course, and express own opinion although in a simple manner; apply a number of basic rules of Danish grammar.

Syllabus: A Beginners’ textbook and supplementary material (40-50 standard pages). Language of Instruction: Danish. Prerequisites: General admission requirements. No prior knowledge of Danish is required for Beginners’ Level 1. Form of Examination: • Active participation: Test admission requires participation in a minimum of 80% of the total number of Danish language instruction classes. • Oral proficiency: A conversation between examinee and examiner on a set topic, weights 50 % of the grade. • Written proficiency: Set written test at the university comprising listening comprehension, reading and writing in the form of short answer and multiple choice items (vocabulary and grammar), weights 50 % of the grade. Scope: The test of oral proficiency lasts 10 minutes including assessment. For the set written assignment the student has 2 hours at his/her disposal. Auxiliaries: The student may use own dictionaries (in non-digital form), but no notes, textbooks, or handouts. Format: Individual test. Form of assessment: the 7-grade scale. Grading: External examiner appointed by the University. Special Regulations: The student must pass the tests in both oral and written proficiency in order to pass the exam. If one of the tests is not passed the subject element must be repeated.

Beginners Level 2 Subject Element Code 46030002-01 7.5 ECTS credits Content: Texts and exercises focus on communicative needs of everyday student life, and students practice and expand their command of a number of basic speech functions.

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Written as well as oral skills, both receptive and productive, are developed through intensive reading and vocabulary work. Topics relating to studying, travelling, living in Denmark, leisure time activities, and similar subjects are covered. Central features of Danish phonology and grammar are highlighted, studied and integrated according to a communicative approach to language learning. Aspects of Danish cultural norms and ways of life that may appear specifically salient and/or puzzling to the students will be discussed. Academic Skills: The student is able to: • • • • • •

understand clearly spoken Danish on topics relating to everyday life; talk about such matters despite a limited vocabulary and a structurally simplified way of expression; pronounce Danish in a way that does not seriously affect communication; read textbooks and similar texts on subjects relating to everyday life; write about topics dealt with in the course, and express own thoughts and opinions although in a simple manner; identify and apply a number of basic rules of Danish grammar and phonology.

Syllabus: A Beginners’ Plus textbook and supplementary material (40-50 standard pages). Language of Instruction: Danish. Prerequisites: General admission requirements. No prior knowledge of Danish is required for Beginners’ Level. Form of Examination: • Active participation: Test admission requires participation in a minimum of 80% of the total number of Danish language instruction classes. • Oral proficiency: A conversation between examinee and examiner on a set topic, weights 50 % of the grade. • Written proficiency: Set written test at the university comprising listening comprehension, reading and writing in the form of short answer and multiple choice items (vocabulary and grammar), weights 50 % of the grade. Scope: The test of oral proficiency lasts 10 minutes including assessment. For the set written assignment the student has 3 hours at his/her disposal. Auxiliaries: The student may use own dictionaries (in non-digital form), but no notes, textbooks, or handouts. Format: Individual test. Form of assessment: the 7-grade scale. Grading: External examiner appointed by the University.

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Special Regulations: The student must pass the tests in both oral and written proficiency in order to pass the exam. If one of the tests is not passed the study element must be repeated.

Lower Intermediate Level Subject Element Code 46030003-01 7.5 ECTS credits Content: Texts and exercises focus on themes relating to daily life and current issues in contemporary Danish society. Fictional as well as non-fiction texts are used. Points of grammar and pronunciation are highlighted and explained where necessary, and students increase their vocabulary and become better acquainted with frequently used idioms and their structural and contextual constraints. Academic Skills: The student is able to: •

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understand oral presentations of topics relating to everyday life and current issues from family and social life, including the ability to understand the main ideas of radio and television items presented in a simple manner; read textbooks and simple authentic texts, and understand the main ideas of simple newspaper articles; talk about such topics as mentioned above and communicate in Danish in most everyday situations; initiate conversations and express opinions about issues from daily life and society; write about ordinary topics dealt with in the course, including the ability to express opinions in writing about a number of issues of personal and social interest; identify and apply basic rules of Danish grammar and phonology.

Syllabus: A lower intermediate textbook and supplementary material (60-70 standard pages). Language of Instruction: Danish. Prerequisites: General admission requirements. Danish Beginners’ Level exam or documentation of equivalent skills in Danish. Form of Examination: • Active participation: Test admission requires participation in a minimum of 80% of the total number of Danish language instruction classes. • Oral proficiency: A conversation between examinee and examiner on a set topic, weights 50 % of the grade. • Written proficiency: Set written test at the university comprising listening comprehension, reading and writing in the form of short texts (e.g. letters), short answer and multiple choice items (vocabulary and grammar), weights 50 % of the grade. Scope: The test of oral proficiency lasts 10 minutes including assessment.

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For the set written assignment the student has 3 hours at his/her disposal. Auxiliaries: The student may use own dictionaries (in non-digital form), but no notes, textbooks, or handouts. Format: Individual test. Form of Assessment: The 7-grade scale. Grading: External examiner appointed by the University. Special Regulations: The student must pass both oral and written proficiency in order to pass the exam. If one of the tests is not passed the study element must be repeated.

Upper Intermediate Level Subject Element Code 46030004-01 7.5 ECTS credits Content: Texts and exercises focus on themes relating to a number of aspects of contemporary Danish society. Fictional as well as non-fictional texts are read intensively and subjected to linguistic, textual and literary analysis. The students increase their general as well as their subject specific vocabulary and are trained in identifying main themes and their development in complex text structures. Academic Skills: The student is able to: • • • • • •

understand and take notes on oral presentations in Danish on a number of topics, understand the main ideas of radio and television programmes in Danish; read and with considerable ease understand authentic texts: newspaper articles and other non-fictional texts and to some extent fiction; talk about and discuss a range of topics of both general and academic interest; with considerable ease understand others in conversation and discussion; express themselves clearly and to the point in writing Danish texts of various kinds (summaries, descriptions and argumentations); identity, describe, and apply the majority of rules of Danish grammar and phonology.

Syllabus: An upper intermediate textbook and supplementary authentic material (7090 standard pages). Language of Instruction: Danish. Prerequisites: General admission requirements. Danish Lower Intermediate Level exam or documentation of equivalent skills in Danish. Form of Examination:

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Active participation: Test admission requires participation in a minimum of 80% of the total number of Danish language instruction classes. Oral proficiency (3 ECTS credits): the student must choose between A) Set oral presentation or B) Free oral presentation Written proficiency (4.5 ECTS credits): Set written test at the university comprising A) listening comprehension, reading and writing in the form of short texts (e.g. a summary) (60%), B) short answer and multiple choice items (vocabulary and grammar) (40%).

Scope: The test of oral proficiency lasts 15 minutes including assessment. In connection with the test form set oral presentation the student is given 15 minutes preparation time. For the set written assignment the student has 3 hours at his/her disposal. Auxiliaries: The student may use own dictionaries (in non-digital form), notes, textbooks and handouts. Format: Individual test. Form of Assessment: The 7-grade scale Grading: External examiner appointed by the University. Special Regulations: The student must pass both oral and written proficiency in order to pass the exam. If the student passes the oral test, but not the written, he/she must re-sit only the written test provided the re-sit takes place during the same exam period. If the student passes the written test, but not the oral one, he/she must re-sit only the oral test provided the re-sit takes place during the same exam period.

Advanced Level Subject Element Code 46030005-01 (7.5 ECTS credits) Content: Primarily contemporary fiction and non-fictional texts are studied, but a number of short historical texts may be included. The selection of authentic fictional and nonfictional texts is varied with regard to genre, style and topics, and the students’ linguistic competences and their knowledge of social and cultural variation in Danish society are extended accordingly. Intensive reading comprises textual/literary analysis and linguistic analysis identifying grammatical and lexical issues to be discussed. The extensive reading aims at providing students with efficient strategies for coping with long and relatively complex texts in Danish. The students will produce a text to be handed in at the end of the course on a topic chosen by the student and agreed upon by the teacher who will coach the students during the writing process.

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Academic Skills: The student is able to: • • • •

understand with ease virtually everything heard or read in Danish; interact with a high degree of fluency and grammatical and phonological precision and use Danish effectively for social and academic purposes; produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices; analyze texts in Danish with a view to describing authentic use of the Danish language system, including morphology, syntax, and phonology.

Syllabus: Authentic texts – fiction as well as non-fiction – amounting to 100-150 standard pages to be read intensively, and 150-250 standard pages to be read extensively. Language of Instruction: Danish. Prerequisites: General admission requirements. Danish Upper Intermediate Level exam or documentation of equivalent skills in Danish. Form of Examination: • Active participation: Test admission requires participation in a minimum of 80% of the total number of Danish language instruction classes. • Written home assignment (2.5 ECTS credits) on topic chosen by the student and agreed upon by the teacher (6-8 standard pages). Please note: Form of assessment: pass/fail. Grading: no external examiner. • Oral proficiency (2.5 ECTS credits): the student must choose between A) Set oral presentation or B) Free oral presentation • Set written assignment (2.5 ECTS credits) at the university comprising listening comprehension, reading and writing. Scope: The test of oral proficiency lasts 20 minutes including assessment. In connection with set oral presentation the student is given 20 minutes preparation For the set written assignment the student has 3 hours at his/her disposal. Auxiliaries: The student may use own dictionaries (in non-digital form), notes, textbooks and handouts. Format: Individual test. Form of Assessment: The 7-grade scale. Grading: External examiner appointed by the University. Special Regulations: The student must pass all three part-examinations in order to pass the exam. If one of the part-examinations is not passed the student can re-sit this part-examination provided the re-sit takes place during the same exam period. If not, the student must re-sit the entire study element.

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Chapter 3: Regulations 3. Students may apply to the Board of Study to have subject elements passed in another programme, at the same level, approved, instead of elements of the Curriculum for Courses in Danish as a Foreign Language. (2) If students wish to take subject elements as part of other study programmes at the same level, they must seek prior approval of the Board of Study. 3.1 Students who do not actively study for a half year will be offered advice. 3.1.1 Students who do not pass examinations corresponding to 30 ECTS credits for a period of two consecutive years, cf. the admission order section 37, may have their registration withdrawn. 3.1.2 Requirements for study activity on the programme correspond with the University’s rules for study activity. 3.2 The curriculum and all rules, targets and frameworks stipulated in compliance with it will be published on the Faculty website: www.hum.ku.dk. 3.3 Under special circumstances, the Board of Study may grant exemptions from the rules contained in the curriculum that have been set by the Board of Study. 3.4 This curriculum comes into force on 1 August 2008, and is valid for students who enrol on the programme on or after that date, cf. section 4, subsection (1).

Approved by the Board of Study for Nordic Studies and Linguistics, Copenhagen, 18th of June 2008. Approved by the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, 29th August 2008.

Kirsten Refsing Dean

/Annette Moe Director of Studies

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