What is the course about?
This course will help you develop your communication skills in Dutch in a wide range of situations. You will learn the vocabulary and idioms you need to cope with more complex situations and discussions.
What will we cover?
You will discuss a number of issues in your social life, at home and at work; practise telling stories from your life and from the news; discuss current issues, giving your opinion and arguments for and against; talk about your experiences and ambitions in education and at work.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Use future & past tenses with confidence
- Express your opinion
- Express a wish
- Give advice
- Make a complaint.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is aimed at people who have successfully completed a Dutch course of up to two years or more. People may also have acquired conversational skills in the language by living in the Netherlands or Flanders for a longer time.
For further details of the specific foreign language skills required for this level, please see the languages self-assessment chart, using the link at the top of this page. You can also find the chart at the start of the languages section in our course guide. You will also need to be able to respond to simple instructions and read course documents in English and be at ease with the use of number for daily activities (e.g. using money, telling the time, etc).
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course is based on the communicative approach:
- active students’ interaction
- emphasis on speaking and listening skills
- pair and group work
- role plays
- use of realia, pictures and authentic material
- use of audio-visual techniques when appropriate
Please note, students are expected to participate in oral classroom activities and to do some homework as and when required.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Materials provided by the tutor, but you might want to purchase a book + CD for home study. Please ask the tutor. It is advisable to purchase a Dutch/English/Dutch dictionary.
Please try: Grant and Cutler - www.grantandcutler.com (020 7734 2012) and The European Bookshop - www.europeanbookshop.com (020 7734 5259).
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Dutch 3: module 2. Please enrol as early as possible to avoid disappointment.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details