Module Catalogue 2019/20

GER4004 : Intermediate Dutch

  • Offered for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Carol Fehringer
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0
Pre Requisites
Code Title
GER2031Beginners' Dutch
Pre Requisite Comment

N/A

Co Requisites
Co Requisite Comment

This module is only open to Modern Languages students (including Combined Honours students and Linguistics students) who are simultaneously taking Level D German (GER4061), as there are some links in content between the two modules.

Aims

In consonance with the overall aims of the degrees offered in the SML, this module will focus on consolidating students' competence in Dutch. It will reinforce students' grammatical and lexical knowledge of the language and their ability to establish and maintain effective social and working relations with speakers of the foreign language.

This is a Dutch language course for students who have passed GER2031 'Beginners' Dutch' or who have done an equivalent beginners' Dutch course elsewhere. It will be divided into two parts:
A) Reading & Writing skills: i.e. Dutch grammar, translation into English, text comprehension (reading different types of texts and answering questions in Dutch and reading a short Dutch novel;
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

Text comprehension (including reading one novel in Dutch), Dutch grammar, composition, translation into English, general oral work, oral role-plays based on coursebook, listening exercises.

Learning Outcomes

Intended Knowledge Outcomes

By the end of the course, students will have had the opportunity to learn about:
1. more complex Dutch grammar
2. a wider range of Dutch vocabulary
3. modern Dutch life and culture

Intended Skill Outcomes

By the end of the course, students will have had the opportunity to:
1. understand spoken Dutch (in oral classes and through listening exercises using audio and video cassettes)
2. understand written Dutch (from a variety of authentic texts, including one short novel)
3. translate Dutch into English and (at a simper level) English into Dutch
4. write short compositions in Dutch (e.g. letters, summaries)
5. speak Dutch in everyday situations (through role-play)
6. participate in group work on language exercises

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
Total200:00
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
GER4104Intermediate Dutch - Part 1
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

As this is a language course it is more classroom-based than the other optional modules, hence the higher number of contact hours. The teaching will be split into two main parts: A) Reading and writing skills: i.e. grammar, translation and text comprehension, which includes reading a short novel in Dutch; B) Oral and listening skills, which will always be taught by a native speaker of Dutch and will focus on the students' active use of the spoken language in understanding and speaking Dutch.

THIS COURSE WILL BE TAUGHT AND ASSESSED IN ENGLISH AND DUTCH, DEPENDING ON THE EXERCISE.

Reading Lists

Assessment Methods

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A67N/A
Oral Examination202A33N/A
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1M6 pieces of written work spaced throughout the year.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

1. In the 120 mins written examination students will answer 3 questions which directly relate to the skills learned during the 'reading and writing skills' part of the course: 1 text comprehension exercise, 1 translation from Dutch into English from the set novel and 1 set of grammar exercises (including a small amount of translation from English to Dutch) (66.6%).
2. The oral examination is an integrated test of the oral and listening skills practised in the oral part of the course: aspects of the students' academic and social life, and answering questions on the set novel in Dutch.

Formative coursework: 6 pieces of written work spaced throughout the year

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

Timetable

Past Exam Papers

General Notes

N/A

Disclaimer: The information contained within the Module Catalogue relates to the 2019/20 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 2020/21 entry will be published here in early-April 2019. Queries about information in the Module Catalogue should in the first instance be addressed to your School Office.