Danish in the PYP

At AIS we believe that part of being in Denmark for either short or long term stays, is to learn the language and the culture, as well as to understand and to engage in the local community. Danish is our host country language, and we offer Danish at three different levels in our Primary Programme. The Danish language programme at AIS strives to raise each student’s appreciation of and performance in all areas of theDanishlanguage so as to maximize the number of students who reach proficiency.

As part of the regular AIS school programme, theDanishlanguage is promoted through the use of songs, posted vocabulary, the celebration ofDanishcustoms and holidays as well as by usingDanishas part of the assembly programs. Students begin studying Danish as they enter school in PYP4, and they have 4 or 5 Danish lessons per week, depending upon level. Danish A follows the Danish curriculum (Dansk Fælles Mål) and the Danish B/C groups follow a locally developed curriculum for language acquisition. Our Danish lessons in the PYP are organised into the following levels:

Danish A
Mother Tongue

Danish B
Intermediate (Language Acquisition)

Danish C
Beginner (Danish as a foreign Language)

Language of Instruction: Danish

Language of Instruction: Danish/English

Language of Instruction: English

Phase 5/Native

Phases 3-4

Phases 1-2

5 Lessons per week

4 Lessons per week

4 Lessons per week

We recognize that students coming to AIS have very different experiences in speaking, reading, and writing the Danish language and we, therefore, assess all incoming students carefully in order to place them correctly into the appropriate level. The Danish teachers at AIS closely monitor the progress of each student's progression, and twice annually, the students have the possibility to participate in lessons at the next level, to evaluate whether it is possible for them to join the next level of Danish lessons. The school and family partner together to support the process of language acquisition. The process of language acquisition takes time, especially for students who have a profile with multiple languages. We encourage students to take an active part in their local community and to join Danish clubs or sports, both for the social connections and local friendships, and also to support ongoing language development. We also encourage families to use Danish at home, when possible, to encourage

A Future in Danish
Many PYP families wonder about the Danish levels at AIS and what this means for future opportunities if they are to stay in Denmark long-term. Students who are in Danish A are eligible to take the 9th Grade Danish Language Exam at the end of MYP5 and are also therefore eligible to apply for an upper-secondary education in the Danishpublic/private high school system. Students with a good mastery ofDanishB also have the opportunity to continue on following MYP5 into aDanish speaking programme at a public/private high school here in Denmark. Sometimes students are asked to sit a test in the admissions process or to take part in an interview with the receiving school, in order to have their language skills evaluated. We are proud of the track record of our students who have graduated from MYP5, and we have experienced that AIS students are able to access a wide variety of upper secondary education programmes here in Denmark, and abroad.