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Conversations in Danish are popular among international employees

Conversations in Danish about the news, culture and life style are at the top of the wish list when foreign AU-employees attend a language course.

2019.01.28 | Anne Pletschette Langer

Grammar and inflections are important but what is really a hit among foreign employees at AU who are attending Danish courses are the spontaneous conversations and class discussions about current topics and Danish culture. This is also the result in an evaluation which A2B who offer Danish teaching at AU, has recently completed. 

” The course participants express unequivocally that they benefit a lot from the conversations and discussions in Danish and that it is particularly the verbal representation which moves them verbally,” explains Marie Steiness, international coordinator at A2B in Aarhus.

” All our courses at Aarhus University are conducted in Danish, so we facilitate the verbal language from the beginning.” 

The majority of the foreign AU-employees attend the highest levels of the Danish education. However, the high level may mean, that the attendees will be more reluctant to speak up. 

” The course participants have a high level already and a high personal expectation to have the right pronunciation from start. This can moderate the courage, but the language class gives a personal space for the individual to open up for the spontaneous speech,” she explains and recommends speaking Danish outside the language course as well. 

At the moment A2B conducts 21 Danish classes for international AU-employees at a number of different institutions at different times during the day and during the week. 

 “The flexibility regarding class-hours and educational methods are also highlighted as positive parameters in the evaluation, Marie Steiness says. 

For more information about Danish courses at A2B contact Marie Steiness:

Phone: 24 88 48 15 E-mail: sprogaarhus@a2b.dk

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