Module Catalogue 2020/21

GER2031 : Beginners' Dutch

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Carol Fehringer
  • Teaching Assistant: Dr Simone Schroth
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Pre Requisite Comment


Co Requisites
Code Title
GER2061Level C (HE Advanced) German
Co Requisite Comment

This module is only open to Modern Languages students (including Combined Honours students and Linguistics students) who are simultaneously taking Level C German (GER2061), as there are some links in content between the two modules.


In consonance with the overall aims of the degrees offered in the SML, this module will introduce students to the Dutch language both in its written and spoken form, so that by the end of the course students will be able to speak and write in Dutch to roughly between GCSE and A-level standard.

This course is an introduction to the Dutch language for students who speak German. It will be divided into two parts:
A) Writing skills: i.e. Dutch grammar, translation into English and text comprehension (reading different types of texts and answering questions in Dutch;
B) Oral and listening skills (including role-plays based on the set coursebook, general conversation and listening exercises).
One hour a week will be given to each part of the course. Part B will be taught by a native speaker of Dutch.

Outline Of Syllabus

Dutch Grammar, Text comprehension, composition, translation in to English, general oral work, oral role-plays based on coursebook, listening exercise.


OTHER PROGRAMME LINKS:- Any student whose degree programme includes German Level C.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

By the end of the course, students will have had the opportunity to learn about:
-the rules of Dutch grammar.
-Dutch vocabulary.
-modern Dutch life and culture.

Intended Skill Outcomes

By the end of the course, students will have had the opportunity to: -
-understand authentic written and spoken Dutch.
-translate Dutch in to English.
-write short compositions in Dutch (e.g letters, summaries)
-Speak Dutch in everyday situations (through role-play)
-participate in group work on language exercise.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching441:0044:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1156:00156:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
GER2131Beginners' Dutch - Part 1
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

As this is beginner's language course it is more classroom based than the other optional modules, hence the higher number of contact hours. The teaching will be split in to two main parts:
A) Writing skills: i.e grammar translation and text comprehension.(1 hr a week).
B) Oral and listening skills (1 hr a week)

the latter of which will always be taught by a narrative speaker of Dutch and will focus on the students active use of the language in understanding and speaking Dutch.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Examination152M25N/A
Written Examination1202A75N/A
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

In the 120 min written exam students will answer 3 questions which which directly relate to the skills learned during the writing skills part of the course: 1 short composition in Dutch, 1 text comprehension exercise and 1 set of grammer exercise. In addition, the 15 min oral exam will allow students to give evidence of their ability in spoken Dutch by taking part in a role-play exercise based on an everyday situation (e.g ordering foodin a restaurant, buying a train ticket etc.), which they will prepare in advance, and by answering some informal questions in Dutch about themselves, their studies, their hobbies and interest etc.The oral examination is an integrated test of oral and aural skills.

For the written exam students may be allowed to type their own answers provided that spell check / grammar check has been disabled.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2020/21 academic year. In accordance with University Terms and Conditions, the University makes all reasonable efforts to deliver the modules as described. Modules may be amended on an annual basis to take account of changing staff expertise, developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback. Module information for the 2021/22 entry will be published here in early-April 2021. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.