Module Catalogue 2023/24

GER2031 : Beginners' Dutch

GER2031 : Beginners' Dutch

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Carol Fehringer
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System

Modules you must have done previously to study this module

Pre Requisite Comment



Modules you need to take at the same time

Code Title
GER1071Level B (HE Intermediate) German
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) or Level B German (GER1071) at Stage 2.


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 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, 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.
-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
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion521:0052:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching441:0044:00All PiP
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery41:004:00All PiP
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1001:00100:00N/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 synchronous teaching hours. The teaching will be split into two main parts:

A) Writing skills:grammar, text comprehension, writing(1 hr a week);
B) Oral and listening skills (1 hr a week)

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
Formative Assessments

Formative Assessment is an assessment which develops your skills in being assessed, allows for you to receive feedback, and prepares you for being assessed. However, it does not count to your final mark.

Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1ASmall practice assignments throughout the year.
Written exercise2ASmall practice assignments throughout the year.
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 food in 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.

The oral exam tests the oral skills practised in the oral classes and the written exam tests the students' comprehension and writing skills, as covered in the writing classes.

Alternative assessment (if Covid-19 related changes are needed): Written exam as above but as take home paper. Oral exam as above via Zoom.


Past Exam Papers

General Notes


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