"We try hard to teach with a focus on how to get by in Danish society in everyday life"
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It’s a warm Tuesday afternoon and the Trampoline House's big classroom is filled with people eager to improve their Danish language skills. After spending a few minutes in the class, you quickly realize why it’s so popular.
By Anna Emy
Signe is teaching today, and she is planning to talk about how to say the time and different time markers one can use. She passes out a helpful summary of everything you need to know to say the time in Danish and some worksheets.
Danish class at Trampoline House is not your typical Danish class. In Signe’s words, “there are many different levels in Danish class at Trampoline House so we try to do some exercises where everyone can join. But at one point we split into two different teams, one for beginners and one for more advanced, because there’s a big diversity. There’s a big diversity in every way at Trampoline House but also in the level of how well people speak.” The class is very collaborative and democratic in nature as a result.
The curriculum is more than just grammar or vocabulary: “We also really often try to focus on what people do in their everyday life. So that could be talking about transportation and how do you use the transportation in Denmark. Also some good sentences to know when you go to the grocery store or supermarket. We try hard to teach with a focus on how to get by in Danish society in everyday life.” The class is all about making the transition into Denmark as smooth as possible and it even mirrors Danish society in its democratic teaching style!
Danish class takes place every week on Tuesdays at 3-4 pm, and on Wednesdays and Fridays at 4-5 pm. Remember that you can see all Trampoline House's activities in our calendar.
At least 120 children have lived between 4 and 12 years in Danish asylum centers - some of them their entire lives. That is an existence unworthy of any child.Therefore, asylum seeking children and their parents from Trampoline House call for a campaign focusing on the right to a safe childhood for children in the asylum system.
It's the best kept secret in the asylum law that asylum seekers have the right to work in Denmark. Trampoline House is going to ensure that right with the new, job-focused initiative 'Next Practice'.
At this year’s Roskilde Festival, Trampoline House’s catering service Sisters’ Cuisine opened their own food stall in the Festival’s food court. It was a great experience, and hopefully a step towards opening a permanent Sisters’ Cuisine restaurant in the future.
"For me, People’s Meeting was so different from my own country. There were politicians who came and spoke with local people, something that is the opposite of in my country, and I think Danish people should be proud of their democratic culture"
In the beginning of April, Humanity in Action and Roskilde University invited Trampoline House to participate in a workshop about the asylum system in Denmark. 10 people from Trampoline House's democracy class travelled to Roskilde University to join the workshop.
Trampoline House's catering service Sisters' Cuisine has published a cookbook that combines recipes and migration politics. The cookbook is filled with delicious recipes by Sisters’ Cuisine. But it's not only a cookbook: the book also portrays the cooks behind the recipes.
Dejene and Marie have started a new activity in Trampoline House: Radio workshops, where the participants learn to plan and produce radio as part of their internships in Trampoline House. "There is no specific requirement, people just need to be interested, then they can come and learn something together"
Trampoline House's Director Morten Goll has been interviewed in Bashy's Corner on TV København/Kanal Hovedstaden / Trampolinhusets Daglige Leder Morten Goll er blevet interviewet i Bashy's Corner på TV København/Kanal Hovedstaden
2016 was a fateful year for Trampoline House. We began the year by officially declaring the house in danger of closing, and at the same time, we witnessed a humanitarian catastrophe on the political level that included the jewelry act, border control, stricter asylum policies and deliberate deterioration of asylum seekers’ conditions. The result was evident amongst the asylum seekers that we meet: increased poverty, isolation, and forced passivity.
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