2017-2018 / HEVL0014-1

Practice of the Dutch language


90h Pr

Number of credits

 Bachelor in translation and interpretation8 crédits 


Dominique Buurke, Adeline Fléron

Language(s) of instruction

Dutch language

Organisation and examination

All year long, with partial in January

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit 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 learning unit

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.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

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
  • e-Tandem project

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

  • 20 % of the mark : continuous assessment (tests and assignments during the academic year, e-Tandem)
  • 20 %: written exam in January (listening compréhension + grammar
  • 30 %: written exam in June : writing, 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.
  • Attention: students must pass both exams in June. If the student fails one of the two exams in June (oral or written exam) the overall mark will be reduced to 9/20 and the student must retake the failed part (< 10/20).
The mark obtained for the midterm exam in January will count for 20% of the June final mark if it reaches 10/20 or more. The mark will have no effect on the final grade if it doesn't reach 10/20 . In the latter case, students can retake the listening comprehension and grammar part on the final exam in June.

Work placement(s)

Organizational remarks

Second lecturer: Adeline Fléron


Dominique Buurke : dominique.buurke@ulg.ac.be(d1buurke@hotmail.com)