Teacher: Marion Verbruggen

Course outline

This course builds on Beginning Dutch 1 and aims to help you in communicating in real life situations and conversations; not just to give you phrases for shopping and ordering food, but to give you the basics for creating your own messages and meanings. To do this, this course introduces you to more grammatical patterns, vocabulary, and expressions which are frequently used.

To communicate naturally with native speakers it is also very important that you understand what things are (usually) said or cannot be said in certain situations. To this end, you will learn some information about this,
particularly about the level of (in)formality of certain ways of saying things.

This course takes you further than Beginning Dutch 1, by introducing more vocabulary and expressions, and more peculiarities in spoken language. It also introduces you to more basic grammar patterns, such as when talking about events in the past. The course is based on Chapter 6-10 of the book Complete Dutch but the pace of the course and the exact number of units covered will vary according to the group. The textbook will be supplemented by audio and video material as well as by other print sources.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, you should have acquired enough language to engage in basic conversations in various situations, including to express your opinion on a variety of topics. You should also be able to read and write basic texts in Dutch.

Who should enrol

This course is designed for adults who have previously attended Beginning Dutch 1, or for students with a basic knowledge of the Dutch language.

Course materials

The following book is recommended but is optional: Complete Dutch, Beginner to Intermediate Course: Learn to read, write, speak and understand a new language by Gerdi Quist and Dennis Strik. ISBN10 1444102389 or ISBN13 9781444102383. You can buy the book online at https://www.amazon.com OR http://www.bookdepository.com