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GER4004 : Intermediate 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


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.

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
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.


Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A67N/A
Oral Examination202M33N/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 scene description from the set novel and 1 set of grammar exercises (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.

Reading Lists