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 3 feedback!
If you make it module 3, you will start to see improvements coming your way.
I started module 3 with evening classes (3.1) and finished it with day classes (3.2). Classes were not as crowded as during the earlier modules, which was really nice. I could see also a change with who is attending the classes. There were less students and more professionals with a great dedication and motivation at each class!
Grammar is still a big part of this module as we need to be reminded of it and get better at it!
Module 3 includes a lot more talking in small groups, which will substantially help your talking. The teachers only speak Danish during the class, which is really helpful and forces you to think in Danish and process it faster when wanting to talk.
As I mentioned in my Module 2 review, expect a lot more homework. You should expect to have a good amount of written essays about more complex topics, such as:
Volunteering in Denmark, hospitals and accidents, health, Modern life and stress, writting emails, writting comments as if you were a user reading an online forum post, a famous person you admire and why, being vegetarian, etc.
Content used during the module
We read also one book every week, which we had to sum up in a resume, as well as introducing it to the other students in the class. Some books were thrillers, drama, biographies of Danish authors, poets or painters, or just everyday stories. The books are more interesting than module 1 and 2, but by the end of module 3, they get a bit boring. Module 4 books are definitely more interesting.
I really liked being able to discuss (in Danish) what we read and share my thoughts on it. Besides, you get a correction of your resume, (from the teacher) which will help you improve in grammar.
Videos and audio files
During module 3, we had to listen to audio files/watch videos and answer questions. We also had to transcript audio files, which will improve your understanding. Here is an example of an audio file we had to listen to and use for questions.
We also listened to Danish songs, trying to guess the text and get used to it. This really helps your understanding and will add vocabulary (I previously wrote a post about listening to Danish songs, here is the post).
During module 3.2, our teacher started to have us watching a very famous TV series called Matador. This was online on DR, with subtitles. I wrote a full post about it, which was “The Matador Challenge“! I would definitely recommend you to check it out and try include it in your studies. It really helped us with understanding Danish.
Module 3 is split into 2 levels: Module 3.1 and Module 3.2.
What you can expect to learn/review in this module:
- Pronunciation, expressions, grammar (inversion especially), verbs, tenses, conjunctions, expressing your opinion with more expressions and sophisticated vocabulary (compared to what you learnt in the modules 1 and 2).
- The teachers will only speak Danish, which is really great!
- You will be discussing topics that are more complex and that relate to the Danish society.
Module test 3 only includes two parts: reading and written.
Please note that you are allowed to use a Danish/English dictionary during the test.
You will need to be very consistent throughout the module and make sure to learn all the new vocabulary and expressions between each class. I personally managed to learn approx 600 new words/expressions during this module, which made my level in Danish that much better. It wasn’t easy to be honest, but this really paid off from module 4.
Prepare yourself before
Here is an exercise that we were given in class to be prepared for module 3 test. Try to do it at home, this is the type of written test you can have for module 3 (give yourself max 25 min to do it).
What the module test includes
Part 1: you should read a text and answer questions (5 min)
Part 2: you read a document including a few pages and find the answers to questions. The idea is too search for the important information and read quickly (20 min)
Part 3: you read various texts about topics/people and you need to match who said what, from a list you have (5 min)
Part 4: you read a text and need to answer questions (10 min)
Part 1: Write an application – job for example (15 min)
Part 2: Write an essay about a specific topic given on the day (30 min)
In all honesty, the time given is really sufficient and you will have many chances to proof read what you will hand over. Do not stress yourself too much for the test. The module 3 prepares you very well for the exam, thanks to the various written homework.
There are many great books used by the various schools to learn Danish. The one my teacher used during module 3 was called “Det Kommer!”. I really like this book, because it was very well structured and included an exercise book. I could definitely feel that the texts were more complicated, which helped me improve a lot more.
Module 3 has been a great learning curve and I personally improved a lot during this module. I enjoyed that the teachers were only talking Danish to us, but that we also spoke Danish to each other during the classroom. This helped me get more confidence and just go for it.
I really enjoyed reading more books on topics that are more complex, but also being able to learn more about Danish society, culture and history. I cannot recommend it enough, but read as much as you can, this will help you.
During module 3, I managed to learn a lot of vocabulary which helped me read, understand conversations and also have more structured conversations. I felt that I could take more “risks” and trying my best to talk to Danes. You will start noticing some changes by the end of module 3. As described above, we also started to watch series and documentaries, which really pushed my level in Danish.
Hang in there, module 4 will only start to get better and so will be your Danish level! Full comprehensive review of module 4 coming out next week. Stay tuned!
What did you think about module 3? Did it meet your expectations?
Would you recommend it?
What book did you use?
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