Starting school with Danish as a second language
More about language screening
Why do we carry out a language screening of your child?
We carry out a language screening of your child to find out whether they need help with their Danish language. In this way, we can establish which school services are best for enabling your child to develop their Danish language.
How do we carry out a language screening?
Your child is given three small assignments by one of our consultants. We then assess your child’s language and comprehension.
- If your child is in kindergarten and is going to be starting school, the language screening will take about 45 minutes.
- If your child is moving schools or is a new arrival to the municipality, the language screening will take about 60 minutes.
The screening is made up of three sections:
- The three assignments
Can I attend my child’s language screening as a parent?
You are welcome to attend your child’s language screening, but you cannot help your child with the assignments.
What does the result of the language screening mean?
The screening may show that your child needs support with developing their Danish language. In that case, we refer the child to the school that gives the best options for support. This can determine whether your child is enrolled in a regular class or in a reception class before continuing to a regular class.
What should I do as a parent when my child needs a language screening?
You should contact your child’s district school and book a language screening. We call this a school beginner screening.
The screening takes place at the district school in January and February.
In mid-April, you will receive a letter from us. This will tell you in which school your child is going to start and give you the result of the screening.
Remember: You are welcome to attend your child’s language screening, but you cannot help your child with the assignments.
Any further questions on the language screening of your child? Then contact your child’s kindergarten, the district school, or Aarhus Municipality’s Department of Education and Leisure (Pædagogik, Undervisning og Fritid ).