Dutch language and culture

lneer1111  2022-2023  Louvain-la-Neuve

Dutch language and culture
5.00 credits
60.0 h
Q1 and Q2
De Rycke Katrien (coordinator);
Level A2 of the «Common European Framework of References for Languages».
Main themes
The topics addressed in class aim at arousing the undergraduates' interests in Dutch-speaking countries' culture and history, both past and present.
Learning outcomes

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

  • grasp the general content of articles and reports on topics connected with their interests or their field of study.
Reading comprehension : level B1 of the « Common European Framework of References for Languages »
  • understand the gist of TV  programmes concerning general topics and oriented towards their fields of interest in standard and clearly articulated English language.
Listening comprehension: level B1 of the « Common European Framework of References for Languages »
  • give their opinion on general topics (history, advertising, media, culture, ') covered in class.
Speaking: level B1-  of the « Common European Framework of References for Languages ».
Portfolio of texts and videos: cultural written and audio-visual sources about historical themes, art, language, lifestyle and  mindset of the people living in dutch speaking countries.
Teaching methods
The UE (course) is mainly given face-to-face with e-learning support.
  • Training learners to become autonomous readers of authentic written documents
  • Broadening the students' vocabulary scope
  • Teaching key grammar points such as tenses, auxiliaries, connectives and the passive voice.
  • Listening decoding strategies in a foreign language
  • Role plays, debates, discussions
As regards speaking skills, the emphasis will be on fluency rather than accuracy.
Depending on the (health) situation, the course can be given in a hybrid or "comodal" way or we might possibly have to switch to distance learning.
Evaluation methods
The UE / course is based on continuous assessment with tests during the year and an exam in December or January and May or June.
Continuous assessment + December exam = 40% (written exam)
  • vocabulary (25%)
  • grammar (15%)
Continuous assessement + May exam = 60%
  • Written exam
    reading comprehension: 20%
    listening comprehension: 20%
  • Oral exam: discussion based on themes seen in class: 20%
Students who don't succeed in january or who handed in a medical certificate, must retake the exam in june.
This means they will be examinated on both the parts of january and june. If they don't take the exam, they will lose the benefit of this part of the exam and be given 0/20 for this part.

If students don't take the oral and/or written exam in december and/or june, they will be given an "unjustified absence", even if they have taken all the other parts of the evaluation.
Attendance at the course is compulsory. If the teacher deems it useful, he/she may ask the jury to prohibit a student who has not followed the learning activities regularly to register for the course examination (RGEE - art. 72).
If, for whatever reason, we switch to online and distance teaching, then:
  • The results of the tests taken in class will be taken into account.
  • The tests that have not been taken will be cancelled.
  • The written exam will take place on a platform with “proctoring” (remote monitoring). If the proctoring platform for the written exam cannot be used for any reason, the written exam will be cancelled and be replaced by an oral assessment based on a discussion of the topics covered in the course and with vocabulary questions.Taking into account the health situation, if the possibility is however left to us to organise a face-to-face written examination, we will opt for this possibility and will organise a face-to-face written examination.
  • The oral exam will take place on TEAMS.
If the teacher has doubts about a student's performance in a written exam, the teacher will question the student orally on the same subject in the days following the assessment in order to verify the student's competence.
Teaching materials
  • Syllabus
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Learning outcomes
Bachelor in History of Art and Archaeology : General

Bachelor in Ancient and Modern Languages and Literatures

Bachelor in History of Art and Archaeology : Musicology

Bachelor in Philosophy

Bachelor in History