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International researchers have to teach in Danish after three to six years at the University of Copenhagen (UCPH). But the Danish students give them poor evaluations because they speak Danish as a second language. Alberte Ritchie Green has investigated what it feels like to go from being an academic expert to being a language novice.
Non-Danish professors on permanent contracts are to teach in Danish after only 2-5 years, according to a new draft language policy at the University of Copenhagen. But this new, stricter, language policy formulation is misguided, international researchers say. And it will backfire.
Teaching in the English language can make UCPH students more aware of the global labour market and get foreign students and researchers to stay in Denmark, according to the Nordic Group for Parallel Language.
Defying university policy, e-mails, newsletters, invitations and meetings are still just in Danish, discriminating against a large minority of scientists and staff