Jesper Hansen, MA
Senior Teaching Fellow in Danish at UCL Scandinavian Studies
Chingford, London, United Kingdom
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2006 – 2008
- Practical and theoretical teacher’s certificate (‘pædagogikum’) from Herlev Gymnasium og HF (Herlev High School / Sixth Form College). This is a 2-year degree which combines practical teaching with courses on didactics, psychology and pedagogy, and a large amount of peer-observation.
2003 – 2005
- MA (cand. mag.) in English and Danish (2-year degree, University of Copenhagen). Final mark on the 13-scale: 10 (1st class in the UK system)
- Studies at the University of Glasgow as part of my MA.
1999 – 2002
- BA in English and Danish (University of Copenhagen). Final mark on the 13-scale: 9 (class 2.1 in the UK system).
March 2015 – present
- Commissioned by Hodder & Stoughton to write a Danish Grammar as part of their Danish Tutor: Grammar and Vocabulary Workbook. Forthcoming (2016/2017).
Sept 2014 – present
- Senior Teaching Fellow in Danish at UCL (SELCS: School of European Languages, Culture and Society, Scandinavian Studies).
Aug 2013 – present
- IB (International Baccalaureate): Principal Examiner for Danish B.
Oct 2012 – present
- External examiner for the University of Kent.
Oct 2011 – present
- Teaching Fellow at the University of Westminster (Evening Language Programme: grades one, two and three).
Sept 2010 – Sept 2014
- Teaching Fellow in Danish at UCL.
2010 – 2013
- Chairman of Lektorbestyrelsen (a committee of lecturers teaching Danish abroad under the Ministry of Higher Education and Science).
2008 – 2010
- Teacher (Danish and English, full time: 14 contact hours per week) at Herlev Gymnasium og HF. Responsible for all contact with students with regard to social events; co-responsible for logistics at the graduation ceremony; external examiner in both Danish and English written and oral exams (combined 100+).
2005 – 2006
- Supply teacher at Herlev Gymnasium og HF.
Jan – March 2006
- English teacher at Baotou Middle School in China (10 contact hours per week; interrupted due to the outbreak of SARS).
PROJECTS, PRESENTATIONS AND SEMINARS
- Commissioned by the Director, Dr Stephanie Bird, to develop and design the new SELCS Newsletter for staff, students and alumni. Please feel free to sign up!
- Organiser of a student project with UCL Art Museum. The project explores the advantages of object-based learning in foreign language teaching and will result in a pop-up exhibition curated by the undergraduate students involved. The results of the project will be disseminated at the UCL Teaching and Learning Conference 2016.
- Review of UCL SELCS, commissioned by the Director, Prof Dilwyn Knox, with the aim of establishing a greater degree of harmonisation between comparable modules and degree programmes.
- Organiser of ‘Writing for Children: A Nordic Perspective’, UCL: short presentations and demonstrations by a panel consisting of three prominent authors and two scholars.
- A series of outreach sessions on Danish language and culture and Old Norse in collaboration with Dr Erin Goeres for the East London Science School.
- Danish taster sessions to year 8 and 9 students.
- Training course: ‘De-stigmatising Student Mental Illness’: a one-day conference with workshops organised by the UCL Student Psychological Services.
- 45-minute presentation on ‘Using Video to Support Learning’ at a meeting of the Digital Linguists’ Network (www.ucl.ac.uk/ah/linguistic-computing/dln), based at UCL and run by Chris Dillon.
- Co-organizer of two marking seminars with CALT on feedback strategies and effective/efficient marking. Speaker: Dr Nick Grindle.
- Two 45-minute presentations on Nordic Noir and Danish Language (‘an entertaining taster-session’) at the event ‘Danish in a Day’ at the Lakeland Arts Trust, celebrating the Danish ceramicist Bodil Manz. Audience of around 20 people.
- 30-minute presentation on ‘Grundtvig and the Danish Folkeskole’ at the Danish Embassy in London as part of the launch of the Dania school in London. Audience of around 60 people.
- Presentation on ‘Learning Through Publishing: Norvik Press and Student Publishing at UCL’, at the SASS Conference (Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Studies) 2013 in San Francisco.
- Live telephone interview on Radio New Zealand about the Right Wing in Danish Politics (the length of my contribution was around 7 minutes).
- Together with UCL colleagues, I answered questions asked by the Guardian readers about Danish culture.
- Made a video in collaboration with the Guardian: ‘A Crash Course in Danish for Fans of The Killing’. The video is also on YouTube where it has had 28200 hits.
- Bite-sized lunch-hour lecture on the Danish concept of ‘Hygge’ at The Red Room.
- 15-minute presentation on ‘Hygge’ in the session ‘The Meaning of Home’ at the conference ‘The (Dis)comforts of Home: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Domestic Energy Use’.
- 15-minute presentation at ‘The Bridge Briefing’, a public event at which I talked about Danish language and culture to an audience of around 45 people. The event was part of the Nordic Noir Book Club, a sustainable programme of public events funded by a UCL Beacon Bursary.
- 15-minute presentation at ‘Borgen Briefing’, a public event at which I talked about Danish language and culture to an audience of around 45 people. The event was part of the Nordic Noir Book Club.
Performance at a Bright Club event at the Victoria and Albert Museum on ‘The Craft of Teaching’.
- 30-minute presentation at the ‘Nordic Study Abroad Conference’ at Niels Brock (Copenhagen Business College), presenting UCL to an audience of approximately 150 Danish undergraduate students preparing for their year abroad.
2014 – 2015
- PI, external grant (£1300) from the Danish Arts Council to invite the Danish author Merete Pryds Helle to visit UCL, the University of Kent and the University of Edinburgh. At UCL, Ms Helle presented her work on Ipad literature to both students and members of the public as part of the panel ‘Nordic children’s and young adults’ literature’, which consisted of both academics and authors.
- PI, external grant (£500) from Lektoratsudvalget (board under the Ministry of Higher Education and Science that funds lecturers abroad) to cover Merete Pryds Helle’s fee.
- PI, external grant (£2000) from Lektoratsudvalget to take five students of Danish on a study trip to Denmark from 28 Mar to 1 Apr. The trip included guided tours of important museums (Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Thorvaldsen’s Museum and the Museum of National History at Frederiksborg Castle), a tour of the Danish Parliament, a visit to the alternative community of Christiania, and participation in language classes and tour of the University of Copenhagen in preparation for the students’ year abroad.
- PI, external grant (£2600) from the Nordic Council (the Office of International Education) to host a one-day witness-seminar at UCL on 8 June on ‘Language Diversity in the Nordic Countries and the UK’. We had 7 speakers (4 speakers presenting their experiences as non-experts and 3 speakers presenting their research) and around 25 people participated (half were not from UCL).
- PI, external grant (£2000) from Lektoratsudvalget to take five students of Danish on a study trip to Denmark from 26-30 Apr. Please refer to 2014 visit for sample itinerary.
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