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Dutch Beginners 3

Course Times & Enrolment

Mondays from 16th April 2018 (Code DU028-301) Add to Basket Mondays from
16th April 2018 6:30pm - 8:20pm • (10 classes)
Holyrood Campus • Tutor: Claire Van Wengen BA PGCE MSc
£136.00 Concessions and discounts

Course Summary

This level begins to develop the skills of understanding and speaking Dutch. It introduces the language for everyday purposes such as introducing oneself, greeting people, asking for and giving simple information, etc. To provide a framework for such communication it introduces basic grammatical structures.

Course Details

Content of Course

  • Topic : holidays; describing cities and countries ; cardinal points ; giving your opinion ; writing an email - Grammar : spatial adverbs ; auxiliary hoeven ; past tense imperfectum ; perfectum vs imperfectum
  • Topic : housing ; renting ; furniture and appliances - Grammar : er + indefinite subject ; adjectives ending with -en (materials) ; liggen, staan, zitten, hangen with objects
  • Topic : telling a story in the past ; giving your opinion ; the main points in a news bulletin ; the weather Grammar : perfectum and imperfectum ; imperfectum and separable verbs ; relative pronouns die/dat and the relative subclause
  • Topic : the Dutch school system ; describing your work and your work day; describing a graph Grammar : future ; zou/zouden for wishes ; imperative

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 and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type, such as asking for directions and information, asking about opinions or films;
  • Interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.


Core Readings

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

Contact! 1 (Textbook and audio CDs and wordlist) Intertaal 2009. ISBN: 978-946030134-6.

Web Sources

Where appropriate web sources will be provided.

Class Handouts

Handouts will be provided during the course by the tutor.


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.