Early Modern Dutch Reading Skills Course

Next start dates: 3rd August, 7th September and 5th October 2015. You can sign up until two days before the start date.

This is a tutor-supported online course teaching reading skills in a specialised form of Dutch, i.e. Early Modern Dutch (16th, 17th and 18th-century Dutch / Flemish). 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. You decide whether your private online teaching sessions via Skype take place in the day time or the evening - for every Skype class, you agree with your tutor on a day and time that suits both you and your tutor.

The course consists of multiple modules which can be studied individually or as 'packages' depending on your interests or your starting knowledge of Dutch or Early Modern Dutch. After signing up your personal teacher contacts you and you receive an individual log-in and password for access to the online course modules. At the bottom of this page, you find links to sign up and pay for the Early Modern Dutch courses.

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The so-called general module of the course is aimed at students with no or little knowledge of Dutch and therefore geared to general comprehension of the language. You practise your reading skills through various tasks and exercises on vocabulary, grammar and syntax, and content. The text materials you study are modernised versions of Early Modern texts. The course runs over 10 study weeks and is taken by all students with little or no prior knowledge of Dutch before they can move on to any of the other modules of the course.
In the specialist modules which are for students who have completed the general module or who have an intermediate reading knowledge of Modern Dutch, you learn to read texts in the original language of the 16th and 17th century. The specialist modules consist of three sub-modules: the first covers Dutch and Flemish historical texts from the period, the second deals with texts on art and the third covers original texts that are important for the history of Early Modern Dutch and Flemish culture. You choose one or two modules which are 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. The course runs over 10 study weeks.
The eighteenth-century module is for students who have completed the Specialist Module. The course content and the exercises are geared at developing advanced language, reading and translation skills in 18th-century Dutch and Flemish texts. The studied texts are of a historical and cultural nature. The course runs over 5 study weeks.
The manuscript module can be taken by students who have completed the specialist or 18th-century module or who have an advanced reading knowledge of Early Modern Dutch. It focuses on developing reading skills in handwritten texts of the 17th and 18th century, although other exercises are aimed at improving your knowledge of the original spelling, vocabulary and grammar of the period. The studied texts are primarily of a historical nature. The course runs over 5 study weeks.

The course is delivered entirely online by means of a web-based learning environment. All your course work you send to your tutor via email for written feedback. You also participate in regular one-to-one Skype lessons with your tutor. They allow you to interact directly with your personal tutor and to get feedback and explanations on your course work, as well as advice and guidance. All our tutors are native speakers of Dutch and have been awarded a PhD degree in Early Modern Dutch.

Click here to view the Early Modern Dutch Reading Skills Study Guide. If you have any further queries about the course content, email Dr An (ucldava@ucl.ac.uk).

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 and Belgium;
  • 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 an online 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 you both. 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.

Students with no or little knowledge of Dutch may sign up for one of the following course packages. To sign up, fill in the registration form and pay the course fee in the UCL Online Store:

- Early Modern Dutch - General and Specialist (Modules). 20 study weeks

- Early Modern Dutch - General, Specialist and 18th-Century (Modules). 25 study weeks

- Early Modern Dutch - General, Specialist, 18th-century and Manuscript (Modules). 30 study weeks

Students with an intermediate knowledge of Modern Dutch may sign up for one of the following packages. To sign up, fill in the registration form and pay the course fee in the UCL Online Store:

- Early Modern Dutch - Specialist (Module). 10 study weeks

- Early Modern Dutch - Specialist and 18th-Century (Modules). 15 study weeks

- Early Modern Dutch - Specialist, 18th-century and Manuscript (Modules). 20 study weeks

Students with a good reading knowledge of Early Modern Dutch may be interested in the following course. To sign up, fill in the registration form and pay the course fee in the UCL Online Store:

- Early Modern Dutch - Manuscript (Module). 5 study weeks

If you prefer to pay by bank transfer, contact the financial administrator Sam Keenan (s.keenan@ucl.ac.uk).

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