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 Dutch Beginners A1

 MBIB-DUTBEGA1-14 (exchange students and extra-curricular students)


 2016/17
 Period A&B and C&D (only exchange or extra-curricular students)
 Elective course: 5 EC
 Full time exchange students from all HU faculties

 Yael Brenner
 yael.brenner@hu.nl; +31641621737, pigeon hole 30
 September 2016

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Contents

1 Course Description 3
2 Course Goals and Learning Objectives 3
3 Place in the Curriculum and Related Courses 3
4 Study Burden 3
5 Pre-requisites 3
6 Exemption Possibilities 4
7 Competencies 4
8 Didactic Forms 4
9 Assessment 5
10 Course Material and Literature 5
11 Course Evaluation 6

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1 Course Description
Dutch Beginners is a course for basic Dutch. We will focus on communication for everyday purposes in class. In this way
the course will help students get acquainted with the Dutch and their culture and will hopefully contribute to a pleasant
stay in this country.
Students can choose to also read the book ‘Dealing with the Dutch’ (see the recommended literature) written for expats
in the Netherlands. In combination with learning the language this will help students develop an internationally oriented
frame of mind for their professional careers.

2 Course Goals and Learning Objectives


Dutch Beginners A1 (period A & B or period C & D)
At the end of the course you will be able to understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases
aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. You will be able to introduce yourself and others and to ask and
answer questions about personal details such as where you live, people you know and things you have. You will be able
to interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help. (Common
European Framework of Reference: level A1).

3 Place in the Curriculum and Related Courses


Dutch is related to all the courses dealing with communication skills and intercultural communication. Although the level
of Dutch at the end of the course is only what is possible in the very short space of time at hand, students will acquire a
taste for language learning and will experience their life abroad more intensely.

4 Study Burden
Dutch Beginners A1 (period A & B or period C & D)

Dutch Beginners A1: 5 EC = 140 hours


You should count on around 60 hours of work in period A (or C) and 80 hours in period B (or D).

Period A (or C)
You will have twice 2 hours of classes each week and will need approximately two hours at home after each class for
homework (exercises in the book, learning words, etc.). So, four hours of self-study a week.

Period B (or D)
You will still have twice 2 hours of classes each week but should count on more time for self-study, tests and revision
than in the first period.

There will be 2 or 3 exams per period during classes (at the end of each chapter) testing vocabulary and grammar. For
these tests, you will need more or less 6 hours in total, including re-sits if you need one. Preparation for the final oral
exam shouldn’t take much time, if you have studied regularly, but reserve three or four hours for revision.

We strongly advise students to read the book Dealing with the Dutch. It takes about 15 hours of pleasant bedtime
reading.

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5 Pre-requisites
None for Dutch Beginners A1. The training course is for beginners.
A1 level (or having passed Dutch Beginners A1) is a pre-requisite for Dutch Beginners A2

6 Exemption Possibilities
All exemptions must go through the exam board.

7 Competencies
Dutch Beginners A1 (period A & B or period C & D)
The level of proficiency at the end of Dutch Beginners A1 is that of a ‘basic user’ (= level A1) as described in the
Common European Framework of Reference:

Level A1
Students can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of
needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal
details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way provided
the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help. (Common European Framework of Reference: level
A1).

Listening
I can recognise familiar words and very basic phrases concerning myself, my family and immediate concrete surroundings when
people speak slowly and clearly.
Reading
I can understand familiar names, words and very simple sentences, for example on notices and posters or in catalogues.
Spoken interaction
I can interact in a simple way provided the other person is prepared to repeat or rephrase things at a slower rate of speech and help
me formulate what I'm trying to say. I can ask and answer simple questions in areas of immediate need or on very familiar topics.
Spoken production
I can use simple phrases and sentences to describe where I live and people I know.
Writing
I can write a short, simple postcard, for example sending holiday greetings. I can fill in forms with personal details, for example
entering my name, nationality and address on a hotel registration form.

The book Dealing with the Dutch should focus your attention on certain aspects of Dutch society and business culture
that you might encounter if you were to work in The Netherlands. The idea is that you get a broader interest in this
country and learn to reflect on cultural differences – and similarities.

8 Didactic Forms
This course is a training course. That means that we will be practicing language skills in class and the classes are
interactive. (As a consequence attendance is necessary.)

Didactic forms used will be lectures, individual (home)work, group work and work in pairs. The course is very interactive
and students should be prepared to talk, walk and “interact” in class. Students will also be encouraged to use the
language outside the classroom.

In the course we make use of a sharepoint site: https://www.sharepoint.hu.nl/cursussen/FEM/MCEN-DB1-10


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9 Assessment
Dutch Beginners A1
Type of Assessment Weighting Min. Mark
Continuous Assessment 30 % 5.5
(2 or 3 written exams in class
each period)
Oral exam at the end of the 70 % 5.5
course (period B or D)
Attendance is mandatory Students may not miss more
than 2 classes per period and
should inform the lecturer of
absence preferably before class

Students will be examined in pairs at the oral exam.

Criteria: fluency and adequate use of the language. Exam questions cover all the material from the book and material
discussed and practiced in class, but nothing else. Mistakes in Dutch that have not been dealt with in the present course
or previous courses, do not count as mistakes. (For more details on the exam see the description of level A1 and level
A2 of the European Framework of Reference for understanding, speaking and writing on our site).

During the course there will be continuous assessment ( = written exams in class testing vocabulary and grammar).
The average result for these exams is 30% of your final grade. If you fail one of these tests you can do it again until you
pass. Without a pass mark for all these tests you cannot get a grade or your credits for Dutch Beginners.

Resit possibilities
There is one resit possibility for the oral exam. The resit is in the exam period of the next period, so in period C for the
period B exam and in period E for period D. (This standard practice often needs to be adjusted because exchange
students leave the country at the end of period B or D. Please take into account when you fix your flight home that in the
case that you will need to do a resit there has to be sufficient time between the first and the resit exam to study.)
For the continuous assessment the resits will be announced in class.

Oral exam sample: in couples


One student will receive the instructions A, the other student will receive the instructions B.
Have the telephone conversation.

A.
Je hebt een afspraak met je vriend(in) om vanavond naar de bioscoop te gaan. Je bent heel moe. Bel je vriend(in) op en
vertel dat je liever op een andere dag naar de bioscoop gaat.
Maak een nieuwe afspraak.

B.
Je hebt een afspraak met je vriend(in) om vanavond naar de bioscoop te gaan. Hij/zij belt je op. Reageer op wat zij zegt.
Jij gaat op dinsdagavond sporten en op vrijdag heb je met een andere vriend afgesproken.

10 Course Material and Literature


BOOK ( Required ) for Dutch for Beginners
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Title: Contact! Nederlands voor anderstaligen - tekstboek
Author(s): Elsbeth de Leeuw, Petra Roël, Annemarie Cornax
ISBN: 978 94 6030 1346 Edition: Latest Publisher: Intertaal
BOOK ( Required ) for Dutch for Beginners
Title: Contact! Nederlands voor anderstaligen - werkboek
Author(s): Elsbeth de Leeuw, Petra Roël, Annemarie Cornax
ISBN: 978 94 6030 1353 Edition: Latest Publisher: Intertaal
BOOK ( Required )
Title: Contact! Nederlands voor anderstaligen - woordenlijst
Author(s): Elsbeth de Leeuw, Petra Roël, Annemarie Cornax
ISBN: 978 94 6030 1346 Edition: Latest Publisher: Intertaal

BOOK ( Recommended ) for Dutch for Beginners


Title: Dealing with the Dutch
Author(s): Jacob Vossestein
ISBN: 978946022 0791 Edition: 19th (Latest) Publisher: KIT publishers

11 Course Evaluation
The course will be evaluated by FEM management and by a student panel.

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