Early Modern Dutch Reading Skills Course

Next start dates:  7th July, 1st September and 6th October 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.

Books Bredero

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 (via Skype) 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 (20 study weeks), advanced learners only for part 2 (10 study weeks).

Click here to view the Early Modern Dutch Reading Skills Study Guide

Learning Outcomes

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

What Materials Do You Need for this Course?

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).

Course Delivery

The course is taught by means of a web environment and (individual) tutorials via Skype. Your tutor helps you with the course materials and provides feedback on all your written work. You can also ask your tutor for advice and guidance.
Note that the Skype tutorials do not take place at a set time. You decide with your tutor for each individual call on a day and time that suits the both of you. Note however that once the Skype session has been arranged, calls need to be cancelled and postponed no later than 24 hours before the call is due to take place. If you don't cancel the call in time, it will be assumed to have taken place. If you decide to have the session at a new date, you need to pay an extra charge via the Online Store of UCL.


Assessment is based on (online submitted) coursework.

Course Fees

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 (20 study weeks) or Early Modern Dutch course part 2 (10 study weeks), complete and submit this form. After completing the form, you can pay the course fee by credit card using the UCL online store.

Page last modified on 23 jun 14 17:01 by Ruxandra S Comanaru