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Early Modern Dutch Reading Skills Short Course
Next start dates: 3rd June, 1st July, 5th August
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. Some
exercises are self-scoring and self-correcting, but the majority needs to be
mailed 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, advice and guidance.
Depending on your prior knowledge of modern Dutch, you sign up for parts 1 and 2 of the course or 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 as described in our Computer Specifications section. The only printed book you need is a translating dictionary (Dutch/English, English/Dutch).
The course is taught by Dr An Vanderhelst. She helps you with the course materials and provides feedback on your written and oral work. You can also ask her for advice and guidance. The course is taught by means of a web environment and webcam-type tutorials.
Assessment is based on (online submitted) coursework.
Click here for course fees and further information
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