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Early Modern Dutch Reading Skills Course
Next start dates: 2nd December 2013, 6th January 2014 and 3rd February 2014
This is a tutor-supported online course teaching reading skills in a specialised form of Dutch, i.e. Early Modern Dutch (i.e. 16th, 17th and 18th-century Dutch). The course, which is taught on a one-to-one basis, is open to both students with or without prior knowledge of Dutch and is available worldwide.
The course can be taken by university students, academics and researchers who have no or little knowledge of Modern Dutch and who want to learn to read texts that were written in the Dutch Early Modern period. If you already have an intermediate or advanced level of Dutch but little acquaintance with the language of the Early Modern period, you may be interested in the second part of the course which is entirely in Dutch and specifically aimed at developing reading skills in Dutch texts from the time.
The course consists
of two parts. The first part,
which is taken by students with no or little prior knowledge of Dutch, is geared
to general comprehension of Dutch. The language of instruction is English. You
practise your reading skills through various tasks and exercises on vocabulary,
grammar and syntax, and content. The second part consists of three so-called
Specialist Modules. In these Modules, which are entirely in Dutch, you learn to
read texts in the original language. The first of the three Specialist Modules
covers historical texts from the period. The second module deals with sixteenth
and seventeenth-century texts on art, and the third covers original texts that
are important for the history of Early Modern Dutch culture.
You choose the module
which is most closely associated with your own specialist subject. You again
practise your reading through various tasks on the original spelling, early
modern grammar and syntax, and vocabulary. All text material is authentic. All your exercises you email to the course tutor for feedback.
An important feature of the course are the videoconferences between you and your tutor. They allow you to interact directly with your tutor and to get feedback and explanations on your course work, advice and guidance.
Students with no or little knowledge of Dutch should sign up for parts 1 and 2 of the course, advanced learners only for part 2.
At the end of the
course you will have:
- the ability to read Early Modern Dutch;
insight into the Early Modern Period in the Netherlands;
- insight into language structure and good self-study skills
You need internet access and a computer and webcam. The course includes live sessions using Skype.
The only printed book you need is a translating dictionary (Dutch/English, English/Dutch).
Your tutor helps you with the course materials and provides feedback on your written and oral work. You can also ask your tutor for advice and guidance. The course is taught by means of a web environment and tutorials via Skype.
Assessment is based on (online submitted) coursework.
Early Modern Dutch course parts 1 and 2 (for students with no or little modern Dutch): £780
Early Modern Dutch course part 2 (for students with intermediate or advanced knowledge of modern Dutch): £410
|To sign up for Early Modern Dutch course parts 1 and 2 or Early Modern Dutch course part 2, complete and submit this form. After completing the form, you can pay the course fee by credit card using the UCL online store.|
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