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GER4004 : Intermediate Dutch

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Carol Fehringer
  • 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, text comprehension (reading different types of texts and answering questions in Dutch and reading a short Dutch novel;
B) Oral and listening skills (including discussion of the set novel, 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, general oral work, oral role-plays based on coursebook, listening exercises.

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 teaching441:0044:00PiP
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery41:004:00PiP
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1001:00100:00N/A
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
GER4104Intermediate Dutch - Part 1
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

As this is a language module 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) Reading and writing skills:reading set novel, grammar, text comprehension, writing (1 hr a week); B) Oral and listening skills (1 hr a week)


Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1202A75N/A
Oral Examination152M25N/A
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Written exercise1Athrough out the year.
Written exercise2Athroughout the year
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

1. In the 120 minute 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.
2. 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.

Formative coursework: Small practice assignments spaced throughout the year.

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

Reading Lists