Danish in the PYP

At AIS, we believe that part of being in Denmark for either short or long term stays, it is important that students also learn the language and the culture. It is a unique opportunity to understand and to engage in the local community.

Integrating Danish into the AIS curriculum

Students begin studying Danish as they enter school in PYP4, and they have 4 or 5 Danish lessons per week, depending upon level. The Danish language programme at AIS strives to raise each student’s appreciation of and performance in all areas of the Danish language. To be able to achieve this, we offer Danish at three different levels in our Primary Programme to support learners who are just beginning their Danish language journey, whilst also fostering the learning of native or near-native speakers. Danish A follows the Danish curriculum (Dansk Fælles Mål) and the Danish B/C groups follow a locally developed curriculum for language acquisition. Furthermore, through careful assessments throughour the year, our Danish teachers are able to ensure that each student is placed in the most appropriate language level and pace, according to their experience of Danish language.

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 student language acquisition further.

For more information on Danish Language in PYP at AIS, please read here.

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.