I have been teaching since I was 18 when I was a supply teacher at a primary school for a couple of years. I found out, though, that I didn’t want to teach young kids but rather teenagers and/or adults. I therefore chose to study English and Danish at the University of Copenhagen where I finished my bachelor’s degree in 2002.
After my bachelor’s degree I was offered a job as an English teacher in China. I accepted the position and met a completely different system with 50 pupils per class and iron-fist teachers. This was my first real encounter with a system that completely ignored didactics and pedagogy, which I later came to study much more in-depth myself.
In 2004 I combined studies in Glasgow with a special upgrade needed to teach in Danish high schools (it basically upgrades your minor, so instead of one major and one minor, I have more or less two majors).
Graduating in 2005 I found a temporary position at Herlev High School. After the first year they offered me a teacher’s degree, which was a 2-year position which combined theoretical courses at university level in didactics, psychology and pedagogy with practical experience in the classroom. I passed the theoretical part with the equivalent of a B+ and the practical part with the equivalent of an A.
After two years as a fully qualified teacher, I applied for the job as a teaching fellow at University College London, and got it. Here I teach basic Danish (1st year), intermediate Danish (2nd year) and advanced Danish (4th year) – the students go to Denmark to do their 3rd year. I also teach evening classes at the University of Westminster.
Apart from teaching I am and have been involved in a wide variety of projects. I have secured funding for and been the main organizer of the seminar “Language diversity in the Nordic countries and the UK”. I have spoken at a number of seminars, both academic and as part of “public engagement”-projects (for instance in relation to the successes of Danish TV dramas such as The Killing, Borgen and The Bridge). In relation to The Killing III, I produced a language-video-blog in association with The Guardian.