About IA Sprog

It all began in the 1970s, when the first Turkish immigrants arrived in Denmark. The ”guest workers” were here to earn money, so they worked long hours and did not have time to go to school during the day. That is why IA – Indvandrernes Aftenskole (Immigrants Night School) – was founded.

Photo of two men from the first wave of immigrants. About IA Sprog.

At IA, busy workers could get Danish lessons whenever they had the time – in the evening hours or over the weekend – and in a manner that worked for them. The teachers even learned Turkish to be better able to teach Danish. This created a balanced relationship between teacher and student, a comparison of the two languages creating a basis for the lessons. And our approach is the same today.

Gradually, many of the workers began to feel an attachment to Denmark. They brought their families here, and we taught them too.

Before we began teaching Turkish workers, very few foreigners had been interested in learning Danish. And almost nobody knew how to teach it. That’s why we developed our own methods, wrote our own textbooks and helped prompt research into Danish as a foreign language.

A lot has changed since then. Today more than 6000 people a year take a course with us. Our students are very diverse. They come from many different countries, work in a wide range of industries and are enrolled in many different types of educational programmes. Our lesson materials are also available online. And our in person teaching takes place in classrooms, workplaces, universities and other educational institutions.

But our values and our basic principles remain the same. We still adapt our lessons to the needs of the students. We still develop our own methods. And our teachers are still deeply involved in academic research about Danish as a foreign language.

These are some of the many reasons why we have been Copenhagen’s best place to learn Danish for more than four decades. And why we still are.

IA Sprog
Learn Danish in Copenhagen 

Read the article about IA Sprog written by DOF (Danish adult learning association): DOF’s skjulte kæmpe (in Danish)