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Academic year 2014-2015Value date : 12/05/2015
Version 2013-2014
HEVL0014-1  Practice of the Dutch language

Duration :  90h Pr
Number of credits :  
Bachelier en traduction et interprétation8
Lecturer :  Dominique Buurke
Language(s) of instruction :  
French language
Organisation and examination :  
All year long, with partial in January
Course contents :  
The course develops the four skills in Dutch by means of practical reading, listening, written and oral expression based on tests and real audiovisual material taken from the Dutch-speaking Belgian media. By analyzing the supporting material, the students will be requested to ensure that they have a deep understanding of all the nuances and cultural references as well as implicit messages understood in the texts and audiovisual extracts. To ensure correct expression, a basic revision of the grammar is provided. Given the practical nature of the activities, active and regular participation is obligatory
Learning outcomes of the course :  
At the end of the course the student will be capable of : -understanding and correctly transcribing the authentic audiovisual supports of medium difficulty from the Dutch media in Belgium.
-finding explicit and implicit messages contained in the written and audiovisual supports.
The will be capable, using correct language (written and/or oral) of:
-summarizing and commenting on texts with an average level of difficulty from the Dutch media in Belgium;
-explaining and paraphrasing sections of text;
-explaining in his or her own words, the nuances and cultural references in the supporting material;
-applying the grammar and vocabulary dealt with in specific exercises (themes, grammar exercises) and in an integrated way to apply it in a written and oral context;
-writing a coherent and correct notes on a text of medium length on a subject dealt with during the academic year.
Prerequisites and co-requisites/ Recommended optional programme components :  
Good working knowledge of the Dutch language
Planned learning activities and teaching methods :  
  • Revision of basic grammar and exercises
  • Practical exercises to be prepared at home, in reading (comprehension: explaining and paraphrasing passages, answering questions relating to content, definition of words, the search for synonyms and antonyms, identifying the correct meaning of polysemic words based on the context).
  • Comprehension exercises from listening to the authentic support material.
  • Oral expression exercises
  • Essay writing
Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning) :  
Face-to-face and homework
Recommended or required readings :  
  • The course notes will be handed out by the course leader.
  • REQUIRED READING: HENN, C./VROMANS, J./BIJLEVELD, H.-A., Pratique du néerlandais de A à Z. Namur : Didier Hatier, 2004 + exercise book
  • RECOMMENDED READING: the Dutch-speaking press
Assessment methods and criteria :  
  • 30 % of the mark : continuous assessment (tests and assignments during the academic year), including the exam in January
  • 40 %: written exam in June : writing, grammar, listening and reading comprehension and translations of phrases.
  • 30 %: oral exam : based on a file of press articles, the student will be questioned orally on the contents and vocabulary in the articles.
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