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Dutch Intermediate 5

Course Times & Enrolment

Thursdays from 25th January 2018 (Code DU023-201) Thursdays from
25th January 2018 6:30pm - 8:20pm • (10 classes)
1.19 Patersons Land • Tutor: Claire Van Wengen BA PGCE MSc
This course is now closed for enrolments

Course Summary

Continuation of the independent stage. The aim is to enable students to deal with most situation likely to arise when travelling in an area where Dutch is spoken. By the end of the course, students should be fairly confident in expressing wishes and preferences, talking about the past, giving their opinion. They will continue to learn more complex grammar enabling them to communicate.

Course Details

Pre-requisites for enrolment

Students should have completed Dutch Intermediate 4 or otherwise acquired a similar level of proficiency (B1.1 according to CEFR).

Content of Course

  • Discussion of ideas based on increasingly complex texts.
  • Cultural aspects of the Netherlands and the way society works
  • Comparisons of Dutch culture and other cultures
  • Acquisition of more complex and specialist vocabulary
  • Revision and consolidation of grammar from previous courses
  • Broadening out of knowledge of grammar acquired at an earlier stage

Teaching method(s)

The emphasis in this course is on speaking and listening. The lessons will focus on language that is required for communicating in real situations.

The lessons will include whole class activities and pair or small group work, role-play, watching videos and listening to CDs. Grammar is introduced in context. Extensive written exercises and reading texts are set as homework where appropriate.

In order to fully benefit from the course and to achieve the learning outcomes, you will need to devote some time outwith classes to revision and homework.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course students should be able to:

  • Understand the main ideas of complex texts on both concrete and abstract topics;
  • Interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party;
  • Produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.


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.

Class Handouts

Handouts will be provided by the tutor throughout the course.


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.