Saint-Louis University - Bruxelles
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GERM1105 - Dutch : Language proficiency



Credits : 5

Lecturer :
Mode of delivery :
Face-to-face , first and second term, 30 hours of theory.

Language of instruction :
Dutch

Learning outcomes :
To help students to achieve a strong command of written and oral Dutch (the level is equivalent to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages level B2).
To help students to achieve a fine understanding of authentic material, written or oral, in the varieties of Dutch spoken in the Netherlands and in Belgium.


Prerequisites :
None

Co-requisites :
None

Course contents :
The course concentrates on different themes related to the Dutch and Flemish language and culture:
- The place of Dutch in the world
- The difficulties of Dutch
- The Englicization of Dutch
- Flemish movies
- The concept of identity in the flemish community
- Integration and immigration in Belgium
- …

o Writing exercises: summaries, formal and informal texts and e-mails, description exercises, and so on.
o Oral expression: Spontaneous conversation exercises in the form of debates, role plays, and other creative exercises; home-prepared presentations on cultural and linguistic topics.
o Reading: Understanding of authentic texts in Dutch related to the different themes evoked above.
o Listening: Understanding of authentic videos related to the different themes evoked above.



Planned learning activities and teaching methods :
The course adopts a seminar format with interactive exercises that require the active participation of the students.
Students are regularly asked to prepare exercises at home before coming to class, in order to allow for a good progress of the course.



Assessment methods and criteria :
Participation in the course “practical exercises” will be taken into consideration in the calculation of the overall course grade in compliance with article 4 of the specific exam provisions (cf.
http://www2.usaintlouis.be/public/enseignement/dispositions_philo_2016-17.pdf).


• Formative assessment:
The students have to prepare several presentations throughout the year. They will receive constructive feedback from the teacher on their presentation skills and on their language proficiency.


• Summative assessment during the exam session:
Written and oral exam in January and in June. The weighting between the written and the oral exam is 60% for the written exam and 40% for the oral exam. The weighting between January and June is 50/50.




• Formative assessment:
The students have to prepare several presentations throughout the year. They will receive constructive feedback from the teacher on their presentation skills and on their language proficiency.


• Summative assessment during the exam session:
Written and oral exam in January and in June. The weighting between the written and the oral exam is 60% for the written exam and 40% for the oral exam. The weighting between January and June is 50/50.



Recommended or required reading :
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Other information :
A syllabus will be available at the reprography.
Course materials (videos, articles, hand-outs, …) will be available on Moodle.