As of 1 October 2020 IA Sprog is a part of Studieskolen, and together we are the largest provider of language courses in Copenhagen. We are all educated within linguistics. And our students are the focus of everything we do.
Our teachers are deeply engaged in developing the latest learning programmes with digital and blended learning.
We offer FVU in pleasant surroundings at Hejrevej 26 in Copenhagen close to Nørrebro Station with Metro, S-tog and busses. FVU stands for preparatory adult education. Our FVU offering includes upskilling in Danish, Mathematics, IT and English, for adults who already speak som Danish.
IA Sprog has a long history. It all began in the 1970s, when the first Turkish immigrants arrived in Denmark. The so-called guest workers were here to make money, so they worked long hours and had no time to go to school. So IA Sprog – Indvandrernes Aftenskole or ‘the immigrants’ night school’ – was founded.
Here the busy workers could get Danish lessons, when they had the time in the mornings, in the evenings or on weekends – and in a way that suited them. And that is still how it is today. Many of the workers gradually came to feel an attachment to Denmark. They brought their families here, and so we taught them too.
Before we began teaching the Turkish workers, very few foreigners had been interested in learning Danish. And hardly anyone knew how to teach it. That is why we developed our own methods, wrote our own textbooks and helped to boost research in Danish as a foreign language.
Much has changed since. Today our students learn Danish with a range of strategies and learning technologies, which we make available and guide them in using. Our students are quite diverse. They come from many different countries, work in various industries and are enrolled in all kinds of educational programmes.
But we adhere firmly to our values and fundamental principles. We still adapt the lessons to the students’ needs. We still develop and improve our methods. We have developed the largest digital learning platform in Denmark with more than 100 videos and interactive exercises for learning Danish. And our teachers are still deeply involved in the scientific study of Danish as a foreign language.