At the end of the course, you can understand and use familiar, everyday expressions and basic phrases in areas of immediate need. You can also read and write short, simple texts. You can interact in a simple way provided the other person speaks slowly and clearly and is willing to help. You can for example introduce yourself and you can ask and answer questions on very familiar topics.
At the end of the course you can understand phrases related to areas of most immediate personal relevance (e.g. personal and family information, shopping, employment, ...). You can read and write short, simple notes and messages and find information in everyday material such as advertisements and timetables. You can communicate in simple and routine situations on familiar, everyday topics.
You can describe in simple phrases some aspects of your background, your close surroundings and your immediate needs.
At the end of the course you can understand the main points of standard communication on familiar matters regularly encountered. You can enter unprepared into conversation on topics that are familiar and you can connect phrases in a simple way. You can write simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest and you can briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
At the end of the course you can understand most TV news and current affairs programmes. You can even follow complex lines of argument provided the topic is reasonably familiar. You can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible. You can understand the main points of complex texts on concrete and abstract topics and you can understand technical discussions related to your field. You can write clear, detailed texts on a wide range of subjects and you can explain a viewpoint on a topical issue expressing the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
At the end of this course you can better understand native speakers, even when they talk very fast. You learn how to express yourself fluently and spontaneously without any preparation and without much obvious searching for expressions. You can understand more difficult and longer texts, like those you will encounter during your studies. You can also recognize implicit meaning. You can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. You can write clear, well-structured, detailed texts about complex subjects, logically structured, coherent and well connected.
At the end of the course you have no difficulty in understanding any kind of spoken or written language. You can summarize spoken or written language and reconstruct arguments and presentations coherently. You can express yourself fluently and spontaneously and convey finer shades of meaning precisely, even in more complex situations.
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Hours per week
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Objectives and content
In general: This course is a basic Dutch course which pays special attention to self-motivation, interactive learning and the environment of the student. This course does not only contain class sessions, but also self-study materials with varied, challenging, and practical exercises and assignments: search assignments on the internet, language laboratory exercises, grammatical exercises, etc. The complete course is designed so that students can learn the Dutch language in a very thorough and efficient way.
Speaking skills: There is a lot of room for conversation in this course, as participants also have guided self-study materials. By means of conversation and interaction, new words and grammatical items are immediately put into practice. This will enable you to have short, simple conversations in everyday interaction between students. This course is tailored to the daily life of students.
Listening skills: Simple listening fragments will enable you to familiarise yourself with the Dutch standard language.
Reading skills: Reading simple, short texts on everyday life will enable you to use the Dutch language immediately in class as well as outside the lessons. Leaflets, course schedules, time tables, etc. are used to introduce new structures and words. At the same time, speaking will be practised, because the different skills are combined just like in daily life.
Writing skills: The everyday language activities will also be practised in writing. At the end of the course, you can introduce yourself in writing, write a short invitation, etc. In short, you can also put your acquired language knowledge into practice when writing.
Required prior knowledge
You do (almost) not speak or understand Dutch.
You have basic knowledge of English, French, or German (required level: A2 within the Common European Framework)
You are an exchange student.
There is a final test.
UCT course book. You will receive this book from your language teacher in class.