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Dutch Elementary 1

Course Times & Enrolment

Tuesdays from 3rd October 2017 (Code DU030-101) Add to Basket Tuesdays from
3rd October 2017 6:30pm - 8:20pm • (10 classes)
Holyrood Campus • Tutor: Claire Van Wengen BA PGCE MSc
£136.00 Concessions and discounts

Course Summary

Continuation of the basic stage and by the end of the year students should be able to communicate on familiar and routine matters.

Course Details

Content of Course

  • Revision of everyday conversational phrases to put students at ease and familiarise them again with simple Dutch
  • Translation round class - discussion and assimilation of various verbal usages, expressions etc. Revision of numerals
  • Revision ZIJN (to be) and HEBBEN (to have)
  • Revision of strong verbs : how to master the Germanic Ablaut system and test on these
  • Revision of plurals
  • Adjectives
  • Review of word order
  • The Dutch modals (kunnen etc)
  • The Dutch separable and reflexive verbs - structure and application
  • Brief survey of Dutch society and culture

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 sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment).
  • Communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters.
  • Describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.


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, 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.

Student support

If you feel you have specific requirements to enable you to study with us, please contact our Student Support Team by email or by phone 0131 650 4400 to arrange a confidential discussion. Giving us this information will enable us to make arrangements to meet your requirements for studying in accordance with your rights under the Equality Act 2010.