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Dutch Intermediate 1

Course Times & Enrolment

Wednesdays from 4th October 2017 (Code DU029-101) Wednesdays from
4th October 2017 6:30pm - 8:20pm • (10 classes)
G36B Paterson's Land • Tutor: Claire Van Wengen BA PGCE MSc
This course is now closed for enrolments

Course Summary

Students will be expected to start learning to manage more complex and unexpected situations. They will move on to more complex vocabulary and grammar and the classes will be conducted as much as possible in Dutch. By the end of the course students will be fairly confident in talking about past experiences and about feelings and ideas as well as discussing current ideas and being up to date with social currents in the Netherlands.

Course Details

Content of Course

  • Revision and consolidation of grammar from previous courses.
  • 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.
  • Broadening out of knowledge of grammar acquired at an earlier stage.
  • Conjunctions, passive sentences, relative pronouns, irregular verbs in various tenses, the conditional, the use of ‘ER’ and separable verbs.

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 points of clear standard input of familiar matters regularly encountered in everyday situations.
  • Produces simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest.
  • Describe experiences and events, ideas and emotions and be able to justify opinions and views.


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 during 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.