Early Modern Dutch Reading Skills Course

Next start dates:  3rd November and 1st December 2014 and 12th January 2015

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 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.

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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 studied text 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 other 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 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 culture. You choose 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 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 primarily 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 environment and Skype sessions. The course content and all exercises and tasks can be found online. 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 tutor and to get feedback and explanations on your course work, as well as advice and guidance.

Students with no or little knowledge of Dutch sign up for one of the following course packages:

- 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 sign up for one of the following packages:

- 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:

- Early Modern Dutch - Manuscript (Module). 5 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

Assessment is based on (online submitted) coursework.

Course Fees

Students with no or little knowledge of Dutch should sign up for one of the following course packages:

- Early Modern Dutch - General and Specialist (Modules) - £780 for 20 study weeks

- Early Modern Dutch - General, Specialist and 18th-Century (Modules) - £980 for 25 study weeks

- Early Modern Dutch - General, Specialist, 18th-century and Manuscript (Modules) - £1100 for 30 study weeks

Students with an intermediate knowledge of Modern Dutch may sign up for one of the following packages:

- Early Modern Dutch - Specialist (Module) - £410 for 10 study weeks

- Early Modern Dutch - Specialist and 18th-Century (Modules) - £580 for 15 study weeks

- Early Modern Dutch - Specialist, 18th-century and Manuscript (Modules) - £780 for 20 study weeks

Students with a good reading knowledge of Early Modern Dutch may be interested in the following course:

- Early Modern Dutch - Manuscript (Module)  - £290 for 5 study weeks

To sign up for the Early Modern Dutch individual courses or packages, complete and submit this form. After completing the form, you can pay the course fee by credit or debit card using the UCL online store.

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