2023-2024 / LANG1932-1

Dutch 4


30h Th

Number of credits

 Master in economics : general (120 ECTS)3 crédits 
 Master in management (120 ECTS)3 crédits 
 Master in business engineering (120 ECTS)3 crédits 
 Master in management (60 ECTS)3 crédits 
 Master in human resources management (120 ECTS)4 crédits 
 Master in human resources management (120 ECTS) (Management)4 crédits 
 Extra courses intended for exchange students (Erasmus, ...) (Faculty of social sciences)4 crédits 


Wannes Duponcheel, Nicole Engelen

Language(s) of instruction

Dutch language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


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Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

This course aims at developing communication skills both in everyday and business contexts.

CEFRL levels of the course :
Listening B2/B2+
Reading B2/B2+
Speaking B2/B2+
Lecturing B2/B2+
Writing B2/B2+

Course contents: explanation and discussion of recent articles/audio or video documents on socio-economic, financial, (inter-)cultural or political topics.

Field activities: company visit, language exchange or Tandem project: meetings between students from HEC and Dutch speaking students.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

Strengthening communication practice in everyday Dutch.

Mastery of business Dutch in situations requiring oral communication (listening comprehension; speaking) and written communication (reading comprehension, writing letters and documents)
- The student will be able to understand broadcasts and newspaper articles and to communicate with native speakers on specific subjects of the social and economic life.
- He will also be able to express his opinion about contemporary topics and to develop arguments.

He will therefore consolidate (or even improve) level B2 of the KLO. He will also develop the following capacities (mentioned in the KLO): communication and adaptability.
Indeed, this course will allow him to communicate easily and efficiently in Dutch about a company, an organization or a project. Last but not least, it will also allow him to show curiosity, creativity and autonomy so that he can adapt his managerial practice to the needs of a fast-evolving world.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

B2 level of the CEFRL
Mastery of everyday Dutch and good knowledge of more specific vocabulary.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

  • oral exercises: debates, conversation clubs.
  • writing exercises: writing report and e-mails, summary of lectures, texts with arguments.
  • listening comprehension exercises.
  • exercises aiming at developing the acquisition of "technical" vocabulary.
  • Possibility (optional) to participate in a field trip in Flanders or The Netherlands.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

2 hours which take place during 11 to 13 weeks
The course is mainly organized as a seminar (there are about 25 students in a group) implying the active participation of students. Students will be asked to prepare (in advance) the exercises and documents on which the course is based.

Student work is shared out as following: 3 credit course (3 times 30 h = 90h): class attendance: 20 to 24 h reading, preparation of the exercises and studying: 66 to 70 h

Recommended or required readings

Syllabus Multimedia files 
E-learning platform:   http://lola.hec.uliege.be

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam ( open-ended questions )

Continuous assessment

Additional information:

Written exam (1/4 of the global mark)
Listening comprehension test (1/4 of the global mark)
Oral exams (1/2 of the global mark): this part includes the participation at the debates and presentations in class, the oral exam at the end of the semester.

If the student is absent or does not present one of those different tests, he obtains 0/20 as a global mark.

The participation in every part of the continuous assessment is obligatory and necessary to be allowed to participate in the exams during the exam session. It is therefore necessary to be present at every debate/presentation and to participate in them all.

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


Elies Smeyers, Ph.D. and professor for the Dutch language
(office 210, N1, rue Louvrex, 14)

Nicole Engelen, teacher for the Dutch language
(office 210, N1, rue Louvrex, 14)

Office phone number: 042327277

Association of one or more MOOCs

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Additional information
All documents and additional information are available on the learning platform lola.

Documents online
The coursebook and all other documents are available on the learning platform lola.