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Module

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
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

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.

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

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

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion101:0010:00exercises.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion461:0046:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities81:008:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching341:0034:009h Present in Person 25h online synchronous
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery21:002:00online synchronous
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1001:00100:00N/A
Total200:00
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)

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Examination152M25N/A
Written Examination1202A75N/A
Formative Assessments
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 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.

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.

Reading Lists

Timetable