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Dutch Beginners 1

Course Times & Enrolment

Mondays from 2nd October 2017 (Code DU032-101) Mondays from
2nd October 2017 6:30pm - 8:20pm • (10 classes)
5.04 Charteris Land • Tutor: Claire Van Wengen BA PGCE MSc
This course is now closed for enrolments

Course Summary

For absolute beginners. The students will be introduced to the Dutch language. They will begin by learning how to greet people and introduce themselves and others. While learning the basics of Dutch pronunciation and grammar, they will learn how to talk about their families, daily routines, telling the time and talking about food and drink. There will be a variety of classroom activities covering reading, speaking, writing and listening. The pace of the class should suit all abilities, enabling students to familiarise themselves with the Dutch language.

Course Details

Pre-requisites for enrolment

No previous knowledge is required.

Content of Course

  • Introduction ; useful expressions ; basic personal information ; counting ; spelling
  • How are you? Greeting people ; Dutch birthdays ; inviting people ; seasons
  • Ordering food ; drink ; word order ; may, can? ; giving an opinion ; tastes ; negative
  • Practising ordering food and drink ; dialogues
  • What do you mean? ; personal pronouns ; comparative ; plurals ; negative ; hobbies
  • Shopping ; weights ; prices ; spelling
  • Clothing ; articles and adjectives ; possessives ; demonstratives ; negative
  • Conversation in pairs ; personal info ; married, children, family, job etc
  • Telling others about yourself in Dutch ; descriptions ; making up role-plays: St Nicholas and its importance.
  • Finding the way ; transport ; time ; word order ; perfect tense

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;
  • Introduce him/herself and others, and ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has;
  • Interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.


Core Readings

Your tutor will explain in the first week how to order the book from a Dutch website.

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.