NetDansk has been developed for students or young professionals coming to Denmark to study or work. Progression is fast because the material is targeted at a well-educated and highly motivated group of learners.
It is taken for granted that the learners have an academic background and are used to studying and learning on their own. Learners are therefore also expected to be computer literate and used to working with standard software on the Internet.
NetDansk is divided into two parts, NetDansk 1 and NetDansk 2.
NetDansk 1 covers basic Danish grammar and vocabulary in 17 metro lines (units). These 17 lines have stations with texts, dialogues and exercises. There is a clear progression from line 1 (no knowledge of Danish) to line 17. The web version has sound files (texts and dialogues); it is intended for individual learning (self-access or e-learning).
The last lines also include small sections on Denmark. This is further developed in NetDansk 2.
It is foreseen that NetDansk 1 can be completed in approximately 70 hours. It is therefore well suited for relatively short language courses for foreign students before or at the beginning of their first semester in Denmark. In this context, the web version allows students to start preparing themselves at home. Experience shows that this enhances rapid learning after their arrival in Denmark.
NetDansk 2 is intended for the learner who has completed NetDansk 1 and has come to Denmark or is going to Denmark shortly. NetDansk 2 consists of 28 metro lines (web units).
NetDansk 2 is quite challenging. There is no progression through the material; rather, it covers different situations relevant to the target group and offers further information on life in Denmark, Danish culture and traditions as well as practical information (public transport, living in halls of residence, seeing a doctor, etc.) NetDansk 2 thus encourages the students to keep developing their linguistic and intercultural skills before or after their arrival in Denmark. Each unit concentrates on a specific topic, and it is then up to the students to choose what is most relevant or interesting for them.
In NetDansk we have taken learning styles into consideration. Apart from the fact that learners have the opportunity to work autonomously, we have also designed the structure of the web-site to accommodate both global and analytic learners.
Learners can get an overview of the units (the metro lines and the individual stations) if they prefer to do so, or they may progress one step at a time. While at a particular station, they may either see everything at once by scrolling on the screen or answer questions / solve tasks one by one as they see fit to do.
Finally, we have chosen a colour scheme that should not be offensive to anyone.
Ready to start?
Before you begin, you should familiarise yourself with the concept of learning styles. It will help you enhance your learning and get so much more out of studying – NetDansk or anything else. See the metro line on Learning styles and reflection.
The station on reflection introduces you to the idea of reflecting on what you have learnt and how you have learnt it. NetDansk builds on the idea that the learner should reflect on the learning process and its results and thus enhance learning.
You should also study the content of the other stations on this metro line as well as the Toolbox before starting your NetDansk course. This will help you benefit from your leaning experience and make learning Danish so much more fun!