Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Studieskolen - Module 3.1, First Impression Fail

The good news is that I have two teachers for this module (a guy who is new to Studieskolen on Mondays and Wednesdays, and a woman on Thursdays and Fridays who has been teaching there for many years).

The bad news?

The new guy hasn't started out on good footing as far as first impressions go.

Now, keep in mind that the class schedule has been in writing and available to students since maybe November or December.  And I can only assume that this schedule was agreed upon by both the teachers and the administration...

So, there isn't really any reason why the teacher should have been unclear as to which days of the week he was teaching.  Apparently, he thought he was teaching on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, so after we'd sat outside our locked classroom for 15 minutes, and someone finally went down to the office to find out what was up, the teacher rushed into school.  Entirely unprepared to teach.

And maybe it's because he was so unprepared, and was flustered about the confusion and showing up more than half an hour late... But he seemed to be extremely awkward.  He spent the entire class sitting at a table in front of the room, and seemed frustrated when students would ask him to go to the board to spell a word or phrase.

The biggest issue to start, though, is that his Danish is much less clear than our previous teacher.  Now, I think this will be a good thing in the long run.  It sounds like he speaks much more standard Copenhagen Danish, as opposed to the Danish of someone who's been teaching the language to foreigners for 20+ years.  It's harder to understand him, but it will be good to tune my ear to his pronunciation, so that I'll have an easier time understanding people out and about in the city.

So, here's hoping that he's more prepared and less nervous on Wednesday.

And here's hoping that our Thursday/Friday teacher can pick up the slack if he's not.

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