You never know what will happen in the private sector – and what consequences your decisions may have for the future. That is of course part of the excitement.
Some years ago we went to a bookfair in Berlin – EXPOLINGUA which is Germany’s International Exhibition on Languages and Cultures. Well, it turned out to be more about study trips etc. but one contact was the well-known bookstore in Berlin, Dussmann das KulturKaufhaus in Friedrichstrasse. We had a chat with the man in charge of foreign languages, who told us that it would be a good idea to group our 11 booklets in one! So we invested in a kind of cardboard box to hold them all, created ISBN numbers (we have for both German and English speaking people), but alas, our contact was no longer with Dussmann when we were ready with our new product…..
This was of course end of story for a long time, but when we opened our bookstore in Copenhagen and began working with Alfabeta, the publishing firm for learning Danish at all levels, we got the idea that we could sell these boxes via DBK, and lo and behold our 11 booklets have been shipped to DBK in the hope that other bookstores will be interested….. those cardboard boxes have now come to good use and saved us a lot of work.
We had a great time at the Bogmessen in Bella Centret last month – and equally so in Frankfurt! Especially the Germans know how important it is to speak good English. As for our Danish materials it is always a pleasure to guide someone to buy the right book for their study – and the more we work and meet people, the more material we discover: materials for dyslexic people from Alfabeta, crosswords making proverbs in Danish just for the fun of it, How to live in Denmark (in English, Chinese and Arabic) by Kay Xander Mellish – and dansk som andetsprog for kindergarten.
Just the other day I discovered an organization called Elderlearn (www.elderlearnd.dk). They started in December 2017 financially supported by Ensomme Gamles Værn and a handful of municipalities in and around Copenhagen. It is a socialøkonomisk organization which means that some of its profit will be reinvested in their projects of abolishing loneliness among elderly people and advancing integration among foreigners. What a great idea! Maybe other municipalities will copy the idea?
Jeg har længe arbejdet på at få arrangeret nogle fyraftensmøder i vores boghandel – og nu er første møde planlagt! Jeg glæder mig til at byde velkommen til Fanny Slotorub og Neel Jersild Moreiras oplæg om deres idéer bag deres materialer til Dansk som andetsprog. Meld jer til på nedenstående mail eller mobil.
Fyraftensmøde om effektiv indlæring af sprog for voksne ved Fanny Slotorub og Neel Jersild Moreira som er ophavskvinderne til Puls- og Fokusserien fra Alfabeta.
1. Introduktion af det sprog- og tilegnelsessyn, som ligger bag de to materialer.
2. Kort gennemgang af materialernes pædagogiske idé og metode – herunder brug af tasks og Cooperative Learning-strukturer.
3. Eksempler på kommunikative opgavetyper. Hvad kan de?
4. Undervisning i grammatik og udtale. Hypotesedannelse og den induktive tilgang.
5. Diskussion og erfaringsudveksling.
Hvor: Sankt Peders Stræde 51 i Forlaget Klingbjergs boghandel
Today I went down to Haderslev Sprogcenter to tell them about the relatively new things we have done to help students learning Danish. I told them that since we got our new website I can follow how many visitors we have – and what they look for – and that my expectations had been dampened by the fact that almost nobody had looked at the recordings of the texts we have made – nor the suggestions for work with the texts. I also told the teachers about our co-operation with Alfabeta, with whom they were very familiar. And then it struck me that maybe the events we plan in Copenhagen in Sankt Peders Stræde could also be made in Haderslev for people from Jutland…If you need any help to these free of charge offers, just write me. It is quite easy.
Right now I listen to many discussions of how to advertise. The modern way in the social media or the old-fashioned way in papers – local or national. For our company there is no doubt: advertisements are expensive, and we get little or no response. We are a small company – not a brand – and have to rely on people talking well about us. With the social media all you spend is your time. The follow-up is the interesting part. So what has been the outcome so far? We have made contact to some of the textbook writers from Alfabeta to come and make a seminar / event in our shop for people interested in their work! And we have made contact to Tina Bacher from Danish Matters to build a network to enhance the learning of Danish. We are very confident right now and look forward to launching our new initiatives. (The picture should show that we have started from scratch). Stay tuned!
Which season is the reading season? Well, for many of us it is all year round, but I admit that autumn and winter and indoor activities go well together. So no, I did not go to Louisiana Literature this year – because having a bookshop means even more reading, and I valued reading books instead of seeing/listening to the authors. At least this year. So what have I been reading or listening to this summer? Christina Leonora Skov: Den der lever stille, Knud Romer: Kort over Paradis, Shaun Bythell: The Diary of a Bookseller, Mathilde Walter Clark: Lone Star, Jonathan Stroud: The Screaming Staircase (if you have read Harry Potter and want something similar and yet different); listened to a reading of Horrid Henry by Francesca Simon (will it be suitable for (good) beginners of English?) and then I have started on Hanya Yanagihara: Et lille liv. And I enjoyed them all! Besides that, I knit a lot and am on the social media: Instagram and LinkedIn where I discovered Kay Xander Mellish. She writes books about How To Live In Denmark and How To Work In Denmark, gives lectures on cultural differences – so these books are on my near-future to-do list. I always say that if you go somewhere bring a book, a knitting and some music.