Welcome to the “Prøve I Dansk 3” feedback series!
Last week, I published my personal review about Module 1. This week, we are moving onto Module 2.
Please note that below feedback is based on my personal experience at Studieskolen in Copenhagen. The content of the modules that I describe is obviously subject to change with time (as per the national guidelines) and can vary slightly based on the teacher and the school.
In order to have consistency throughout theses module reviews, I will use the same analytical structure:
- Module expectations
- Module structure
- Module Test
- Book used
- Personal feedback
Welcome to Module 2 feedback!
Congratulations on completing module 1!
Things will start to get a bit more difficult from this module onwards. Module 2 is when the learning of the Danish language will start to get more interesting. Classes are still crowded (at least in the first couple of weeks), which is nice to develop your own network and hear different pronunciations.
This module gets a lot more intense in terms of grammar and vocabulary. Danish grammar can be quite difficult, therefore grammar will be repeated and studied a lot from this module onwards. If you feel lost about some grammar topics, do not stress yourself too much. You will recap it (a lot) in module 3 and module 4 and have plenty of chances to get better at it.
Expect also to write a lot more, compared to module 1. Module 2 is a great kick off to more complex homework, where for example you can write short text copies about:
A celebrity you like, an e-mail to a friend about your weekend, your home country, describing your apartment in Denmark, what do you do on evenings at home, etc.
This module will add a lot more structure to your language, which will allow you to feel a bit more comfortable with talking Danish and understanding Danes.
Module 2 is split into 2 levels: Module 2.1 and Module 2.2.
In the module 2 (like module 1), expect the teacher to still write vocabulary on the board. This will really build up your knowledge. As I mentioned in the module 1 review, they do not write as much vocabulary on the white board in the later modules, as you are expected to understand the words (and looked them up in the dictionary upon your own initiative).
What you can expect to learn in this module:
- Pronunciation, vocabulary, expressions, more emphasis on grammar, verbs, more emphasis on tenses (past, present, future, imperative), conjunctions, formulating questions that are more complex and finally expressing a bit more your opinion in Danish
- Teachers will also be talking much more in Danish than in module 1, but still expect to talk English with them as it is normal if you don’t feel ready to talk Danish all the time with them. Your vocabulary and knowledge are still in the process of becoming richer and more varied.
As per module 1, if you have studied consistently throughout the module, you should really be fine with the test.
It comprises of three parts: Listening, written exam and an oral exam.
NB: At the time, I didn’t save much information about the duration and details of the test. My apologies but I will not be able to give a thorough overview of the exam.
If you have more details/feedback about the actual module test, please feel free to contact me so that I can update this section and share more details.
We had a listening test, where you listen to a list of questions which are told in a slow pace. You then have to answer the questions
We had to write an essay, but I really cannot remember what it was.
Part 1: Oral presentation, follow-up conversation with the examiner
Part 2: Interaction with another student, where you ask each other questions and answer it
There are many great books used by the various schools to learn Danish. The one my teacher used during module 2 was called “Sådan”, which was in the continuity of “Sådan 1” (we used it in module 1). We also finished this book by the end of module 2.
Same review as module 1, I personally liked the book, it was well balanced between text to read, text to listen, written exercises to practice and grammar explanations. However ,I could feel that I was ready to get a new book including more written exercises (which thankfully comes in module 3). Please note that Sådan did have an online page with grammar exercises.
During module 1, we were given a list from Sådan which included a full list of verbs, substantives, nouns, pronouns, adverbs, adjective and conjunctions. I also used it in module 2 (you can download it here).
I also used other materials, which I shared in a previous post about online resources to become a pro at Danish!
Module 2 definitely felt more difficult than module 1, however manageable because I studied consistently. Grammar is not my strength and I had some troubles with it to be honest. I appreciate that the teachers really take their time to teach it and explain it. We had a lot more exercises, which really helps out.
My talking got a little bit better in module 2, but what improved was my reading. It was still very basic, but I was able to read Danish books for beginners (specially designed for learning Danish of course!). Looking back, I would recommend to go to your local library and borrow books from the kids’ section. Try to read as much as possible as it will really enhance your vocabulary.
In terms of talking, module 2 clearly helps, but don’t expect a huge improvement yet. It starts to get better in module 3. I remember being able to “communicate” with my 3-year old Danish nephew at the time, which thanks to module 2 made me feel more comfortable. But again, my conversations with my Danish family-in-law were very basic and we switched back to English nine times out of ten. Simply because I could not have a complex conversation. This gets really frustrating in module 2 as you want to talk but lack understanding and vocabulary. But be patient, you will see improvements in the later modules and feel good again!
Stay tuned for the next post, which will be my review of Module 3! Coming out next week.
What did you think about module 2? Did it meet your expectations?
Would you recommend it?
What book did you use?
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