« LANGUAGES/Dutch

Thu 07 Oct 2021 - Thu 02 Dec 2021

18:00 - 20:00

9 Sessions

TBA

Start your linguistic adventure into the Dutch language here. Thanks to the similarities with English, both in terms of vocabulary and grammar, you will have a leg up and make fast strides in achieving your Dutch language goals.

Course outline

This course will help you develop basic Dutch language skills - integrating speaking, writing, listening and reading skills through a communicative and interactive teaching approach. Grammar patterns and new vocabulary are offered in the context of conversations or real-life situations – giving you ample opportunity to apply what you learn straight away! Along the way, you will also learn more about the culture and customs of Dutch-speaking countries.

Topics covered in this course:

  • Weeks 1–3. We will start off by getting acquainted with the language and each other. You will learn how to introduce yourself and how to ask and answer questions. This includes talking about your family, your hobbies, and the languages you speak. You will also learn to describe someone’s appearance and personality. The grammar focuses are the present tense, the verbs ‘hebben’ and ‘zijn’, and personal pronouns (ik, jij, hij vs. mij, jou, hem). 
  • Weeks 4. This week, we will learn to talk about the weather and the seasons. You will learn the days of the week and the months of the year, and how to talk about recurring events. The grammar focuses are articles (‘de’ vs. ‘het’) and plurals.
  • Weeks 5–6. The focus will be on buying food and groceries. You will learn to ask for things in shops/markets, indicate what you want, how much you want and how you can pay. The grammar focus is variations to the basic sentence and question structures. You will also learn to use ‘geen’ and ‘niet’ correctly.
  • Weeks 7–8. The focus will be on travel, including asking for directions, reserving/buying tickets, using public transport and checking into a hotels. The accompanying grammar topic is modal verbs to express obligation (‘moeten’), permission (‘mogen’), wish (‘willen’) and possibility (‘kunnen’).
  • Week 9. We will revise everything we have learnt and address any queries you may have. We can also touch upon topics suggested by students in previous weeks.
  • Homework. You will be encouraged to complete weekly tasks that will be set  (grammar exercises and writing tasks) and revise the course materials on a regular basis. It is recommended that you spend 1-2 hours per week on homework and revision.  

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, you should be able to:

  • engage in simple conversations about the above topics
  • express your opinion on these topics 
  • write descriptive short texts about these topics 
  • You will also have developed a basic understanding (and hopefully appreciation) of culture and customs.

Who should enrol

This course is designed for people who have no prior knowledge or minimal knowledge of the Dutch language and who wish to obtain basic Dutch language skills for the purposes of travel, communication, enjoyment, re-tracing roots, or further study.

Course materials

All course materials will be provided through CCE's online environment. As this is an online delivered course, participants will need to have access to the suitable infrastructure: a PC or Mac computer with a stable internet connection. It is not recommended to access this course via a smart phone.

What our students say

"Fantastic! Excellent and enthusiastic teacher who encouraged everyone to participate and improve"

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