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Dutch Intermediate 2

Course Times & Enrolment

Thursdays from 23rd January 2020 (Code DU021-202) Thursdays from
23rd January 2020 6:30pm - 8:20pm • (10 classes)
G36B Paterson's Land, Holyrood Campus • Tutor: Claire Van Wengen BA PGCE MSc
This course is now closed for enrolments

Course Summary

Our Intermediate courses are targeted at those who want to build on what they have learnt in the Elementary courses to make progress to CEFR B1 level. Students will begin to develop their ability to talk in a general way about non routine situations. They will be able to deal with most situations likely to arise while travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Their ability to use grammatical structures and vocabulary will be further developed to support this. They will also learn to read and discuss everyday texts on general topics.

As learners progress through the six Intermediate courses, they begin to develop their independence and confidence as users of the language. In choosing where to start (Intermediate 1 to 6) students should consult the information on pre-requisites. 

Course Details

Pre-requisites for enrolment

Intermediate 1 is targeted at:

• existing students who have completed all 6 Elementary courses. 

• new students who have achieved a very good standard grade or a recent A grade at GCSE/O-level.

• new students who have, through less formal contact, developed the ability to deal with simple, straightforward information and express themselves in routine conversations on simple predictable topics, – i.e. those who have reached A2 in the CEFR:

Depending on their confidence in their ability to use and understand the language described in the level description for Intermediate, new students may also like to consider joining the courses from Intermediate 2 to 6.

In term 1 we run Intermediate 1 and 4, in term 2 Intermediate 2 and 5, and in term 3 Intermediate 3 and 6.

If you have any queries, please, contact

Content of Course

The following will be covered across Intermediate 1 to 6:

  • Work life

  • Reading and discussing newspaper articles

  • Listening to TV news

  • History and politics

  • Music

  • Education

  • Fashion and design

  • Cinema and television

  • Reading and discussing a short story

  • Health and diet

  • Agreement, disagreement, complaining, giving opinions, etc.

  • Grammar - coverage of most of the most important structures

The aim is for students to understand others and make themselves understood in these areas. Grammar and vocabulary will be presented and practised in the contexts above.

The above is a sample of the core topics typically covered at Intermediate level and gives an indication of the likely content of the course. The content will vary from language to language.

Teaching method(s)

The emphasis of all of our courses is speaking and listening. The lessons focus on language that is required for communicating in real situations.

The lessons include whole class activities and pair or small group work, role-play, responding to short texts and dialogues and watching video clips. Grammar is introduced in context. More extensive written exercises and reading texts are normally only set as homework.

Learning is assessed informally throughout the course with the teacher providing feedback on practice tasks at the end of the course in revision and tests.

Typically, the primary language used in the class is the language being learnt.

Learning outcomes

By the end of all 6 Intermediate courses students will:


  • have developed their ability to talk in a general way about non routine situations.

  • be able to deal with most situations likely to arise while travelling in an area where the language is spoken.

  • be able to read and discuss everyday texts on general topics, e.g. newspaper articles.






By the end of Intermediate 6, students will have made significant progress to becoming ‘independent users’ - level B1 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR):


Core Readings


To study this course you will need the course book. Your tutor will advise you on the purchase of your textbook at your first class.

Nederlands in actie by Berna de Boer, Margaret van der Kamp and Birgit Lijmbach. 3rd, revised edition (Derde, herziene druk). Bussum: Uitgeverij Coutinho, 2012. ISBN 978-3-12-528877-5

Web Sources

Where appropriate, web sources will be provided by the tutor.

Class Handouts

Handouts supplementary to the coursebook. 


If you have questions regarding the course or enrolment, please contact COL Reception at Paterson's Land by email or by phone 0131 650 4400.

Student support

If you have a disability, learning difficulty or health condition which may affect your studies, please let us know by ticking the 'specific support needs' box on your course application form. This will allow us to make appropriate adjustments in advance and in accordance with your rights under the Equality Act 2010. For more information please visit the Student Support section of our website.