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Module LXG-2009:
Dutch I

Module Facts

Run by School of Languages, Literatures, Linguistics and Media

20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits

Semester 1

Organiser: Dr Sarah Pogoda

Overall aims and purpose

To introduce students to the basic written and spoken forms of contemporary Dutch, thus providing them with a foundation for further study and the opportunity to practice the basic elements of the languages.

Students on this module will be working towards achieving A2 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

Course content

An introduction to contemporary Dutch language, presenting students with a foundation knowledge of modern Dutch in both its spoken and written form.

Set Text Gerdi Quist et al., Routledge Intensive Dutch Course (New York: Routledge, 2006)

Websites: SMLC offers a link list for all language students that covers the most important resources (newspapers, TV channels, online grammar and dictionaries, etc.) in the language(s) that they study:

Assessment Criteria


40-49%: Demonstrate understanding of basic forms of modern Dutch and able to communicate basic information.


50-69%: Demonstrate accuracy of expression and breadth of vocabulary in both written and spoken Dutch.


70+%: Demonstrate a secure grasp of the language commensurate with the time available for study. evidence of fluency and linguistic competence.

Learning outcomes

  1. Display an awareness of key tenses, vocabulary and fundamental grammatical constructions.

  2. Read and pronounce a given Dutch text with confidence.

  3. Display an understanding of basic information and instructions in the target language in both formal and informal registers.

  4. Demonstrate the capacity to produce short written texts.

  5. Show the ability to hold dialogues in the target language.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
CLASS TEST Mini Test 1 12.66
CLASS TEST Mini Test 2 12.66
CLASS TEST Mini Test 3 12.68
ORAL Oral Examination 7
CLASS TEST Final Test 50

Teaching and Learning Strategy


3 x 1 hour language sessions for 11 weeks. These will focus on the key skills of reading and writing, grammar, and aural and oral skills.

Private study 167

Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
  • Management - Able to utilise, coordinate and control resources (human, physical and/or financial)
  • Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
  • Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others

Subject specific skills

  • Studying the countries or regions where the target language is used, including aspects of their literatures, cultures, linguistic contexts, history, politics, geography and social or economic structures. (Benchmark statement 5.10)
  • The ability to extract and synthesise key information from written and spoken sources in the target language. (Benchmark statement 5.3, 5.4, 5.14)
  • The ability to use the target language creatively and precisely in short written assignments in the target language. (Benchmark statement 5.14)
  • The ability to translate short passages into and out of the target language. (Benchmark statement 5.3, 5.4)
  • Engaging with, interpreting and critically evaluating short and longer contemporary texts (short stories, films, novels) in the target language (Benchmark statement 5. 8, and 5.9)
  • Effective oral communication and presentation skills (including delivery and argument development, discussion and defence) in the target language through individual and/or group discussions. (Benchmark statement 5.3, 5.4)
  • The ability to use the target language creatively and precisely in oral assignments, showing familiarity with a range of topics and registers in formal and informal situations. (Benchmark statement 5.3, 5.4)
  • Develop aural comprehension skills in the target language, supported by a wide range of appropriate materials in different media. (Benchmark statement 5.3, 5.4)
  • The ability to read, understand and summarise written texts in the target language. (Benchmark statement 5.3, 5.4)
  • Sensitivity to and analysis of grammar and syntax in the target language, as well as basic morphology and phonology. (Benchmark statement 5.8, and 5.9)
  • Basic reading and listening skills in the target language as well as vocabulary acquisition. (Benchmark statement 5.3, 5.4, 5.7, and 5.10)
  • The ability to make effective use of notes and to carry out independent study. (Benchmark statement 5.15)
  • Develop verbal communication skills in the target language through group work and class discussions. (Benchmark statement 5.8)
  • The ability to read, understand, translate, and write short texts in the target language (benchmark statement 5.13, 5.14, 5.15 and 5.16)
  • Further develop students's verbal communication skills through group work and class discussions.


Pre- and Co-requisite Modules

Pre-requisite of:

Courses including this module

Optional in courses: