"Our daughter Kate, being bi-lingual, faces challenges with Danish grammar such as sentence structures and correct words to use in each context. A Danish friend of ours recommended Lise to us, as Lise is widely recognised for her work and expertise in teaching children who have difficulties in Danish. The focus for our daughter is to improve written Danish by working through mistakes she has made in her school assignments. Occasionally she has also handed assignments on topics that interested her. For each assignment Lise gives her written feedback not only on grammar, but also overall level achieved and comments whether her argumentation and reasoning are in place. Each mistake in Kate's assignment has been addressed and explained if it is not obvious. Lise encourages Kate by always mentioning what she has done well which is quite important. Without encouragement it is difficult for a teenager to cooperate with a teacher. Kate has worked with Lise for a year. We have seen gradual improvement. Improvement takes time, but we are very pleased with the progress." Parents to an English and Danish spoken teen.
Are you an expat in Denmark - and does your child need help with Danish language in school?
I have been teaching Danish as a second language to adult foreigners in Denmark for more than 20 years. For a couple of years, I have also been teaching Danish to bilingual students who speak Danish as a second language. I teach students in the last years of primary school and in high school, but also students at university level.
It is only natural that some bilingual students have difficulties performing as well as Danish students at the exams. However, with the right teaching method, bilingual students will become much better at doing an exam in Danish.
I work as the student’s writing coach, and my starting point is the student’s own language mistakes in his or her written assignments. I explain the mistakes and give the student different alternatives to choose from and guide the student to refine his or her linguistic expression. I try to motivate my students to do their best - and to do better each time - but always with respect to his or her level in Danish, and to his or her personal writing style.
I have specialized in writing, but I also teach
- Writing context
- Proofreading on e.g. SRP, SOP assignments and other types of assignments
- Proofreading with guidance for more precise language
- Guidance for oral presentations, preparation for oral exams, etc
I have been invited to speak on conferences about what it is like to be a bilingual student in the Danish school system, and I participate in networks with teachers in high school and folkeskolen as well as with other teachers of Danish as a second language.
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