The Dutch Language Program consists of the following courses:
In Dutch 1 we use the Home in on Holland immersion method. This method is ideal for English speakers as the book was written with English-Dutch similarities/differences in mind. The book comes with a CD, which the students can use at home and/or in language lab. The exercises are supplemented by the audio of children’s books and songs. With this method, the students are expected to speak Dutch from the first day of class, and while it is quite challenging in the beginning, it does stimulate students to speak right away without being hampered by undue grammatical concerns.
In Dutch 2 we supplement Home in on Holland with the vocabulary-building texts of the Delft Method Tweede Ronde. Once Dutch 2 is completed and all of Dutch grammar has been covered, the students are able to engage in conversations and write short, simple texts. Their passive knowledge of the language (comprehension) is typically higher than their active use of the language (reading and writing).
Dutch 100 —Dutch for Reading Knowledge—is designed for students and faculty who want to be able to read Dutch for research purposes. Focus is on a more passive knowledge of the language; syntax, grammar, vocabulary are taught as needed. Text selection are tailored to individual student needs. No previous knowledge of Dutch required.
Dutch 107—The Structure of Modern Dutch—is a basic linguistic course on the structural properties of modern Dutch, including phonetics and phonology, morphology, and syntax. Comparison is made with English and German is made in order to consider Dutch in contrast to other Germanic languages. Students observe the application of linguistic rules in forming the Dutch language to hallmark texts. They also learn the ability to critically analyze language data based on Dutch linguistic approaches.
Dutch 110 includes a grammar review with exercises (Nederlands in Hoofdlijnen). Conversation is taken to a higher plane, role playing becomes increasingly important, newspaper articles of the more difficult papers are read and radio programs and television programs are listened to and watched. These activities provide material for short essay assignments. Problems in the essays create occasions for grammar review. For this class we have also assembled a basic vocabulary list on which students are quizzed every week.
In Dutch 125 we proceed with the patterns of 110, although at this point we expect our students to be grammatically competent. Great emphasis is placed on weekly essays and intense conversation. In this class we hope to show more Dutch movies which can also provide a source for essays and discussions. Typically we give out a Reader at the beginning of the semester containing more complex texts from a wide variety of sources. With more advanced students/classes we expect the students to read one Dutch book (literature) which leads to various assignments such as a book report/discussion, essay and a letter to the author whose book they have read.
Dutch Studies students are encouraged to participate at the officially recognized international Dutch Language Proficiency Exam Certificaat Nederlands als vreemde taal.
Dutch Studies students who would like to practice their Dutch on the internet can contact the Internationale Vereniging voor Neerlandistiek in order to find a Dutch pen friend. Improve your Dutch by watching the daily news from the Netherlands or from Flanders.
Interested in Dutch? Curious how Dutch sounds? Wondering how difficult or easy it is? Perhaps you are thinking of studying Dutch? Then here is your opportunity to have a go at the language yourself and experience what it is like to learn Dutch from scratch. You can work through the pack all by yourself. No knowledge of Dutch is required.