Opperlands Advanced Dutch Language Course

Tulip Mania

Next start dates: 7th of September, 5th of October and 2nd of November 2015.

Opperlands is aimed at students worldwide who have successfully completed Hogelands II or who have reached a minimum linguistic standard of level B2 as defined by the Council of Europe. The course is taught on a one-to-one basis (i.e. one teacher for each individual student) and you decide whether your private online teaching sessions via Skype take place in the day time or the evening. Once your registration is complete, your personal teacher contacts you and you receive an individual log-in and password for access to the course materials. At the bottom of this page you find links to register and pay for the Opperlands course.

Taught entirely in Dutch, Opperlands is geared at developing your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills at an advanced level (level C1 as defined by the Council of Europe). The course runs over a 12-week study period and consists of four thematic chapters. The course themes range from the Dutch and Belgian colonial past to the modern-day multicultural societies of the Low Countries, allowing you to also develop your knowledge of the culture, society and history of the Netherlands and Flanders. Each chapter offers a variety of authentic reading and listening materials. Reading materials range from modern-day columns and newspaper articles to 17th-century poems and pamphlets. The listening materials include fragments from Dutch and Flemish movies, current affairs programs and radio interviews. All writing, listening and speaking activities are tutor-supported and you receive weekly feedback from your tutor on all your submitted work. Another key feature of the course are the weekly videoconferencing sessions (via Skype) between you and your tutor. They allow you to practise your listening and speaking skills and to interact directly with your course tutor in a one-hour individual teaching session. All our tutors are native speakers of Dutch with a PhD degree in Dutch language and literature.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course you will have:

  • an advanced level of proficiency in Dutch (C1 CEFR). You will be able: to understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics; to interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity with native speakers; to produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue
  • good knowledge of the culture, history and society of 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  delivered by means of an online learning environment and includes frequent (individual) teaching sessions via Skype. All speaking and listening practice you do with your tutor via Skype.
Note that the Skype sessions 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.

Course Fees

Opperlands (12 study weeks): £480.

To sign up, fill in the registration form and pay the course fee via the UCL Online Store

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

Click here to view the Opperlands Advanced Dutch Study Guide

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