Seminar of entry to professional life in Dutch - Upper-Intermediate level

lneer2600  2022-2023  Louvain-la-Neuve

Seminar of entry to professional life in Dutch - Upper-Intermediate level
3.00 credits
30.0 h
Q1 or Q2
Teacher(s)
Language
Dutch
Prerequisites
This teaching unit being of upper-intermediate level, students should have a good receptive and productive knowledge of the basic grammar and vocabulary and have reached an UPPER B1 level (reading, listening and speaking) of the " Common European Framework of reference for Languages " (CEFR).
The teaching unit LNEER 2500 can be seen as a good preparation do this teaching unit, without being a compulsory prerequisite for it.
The teaching unit LNEER 2602 can logically follow the teaching unit LNEER 2600.
Main themes
This teaching unit is structured around different themes related primarily to the professional world in which the student is meant to function in the future. Different subject-matters linked to the professional world in broad sense will also be discussed such as unemployment, discrimination on the job market, cultural differences within companies, social responsibility, equality men/women, etc.
Learning outcomes

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

1 Reading Comprehension
  • extract information, ideas and opinions from highly specialised sources linked to their field of study .
  • understand highly specialised articles outside of their field of study provided they can occasionally use a dictionary to check their understanding.
Level B2+ of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
 
2 Listening Comprehension - Individual:
  • to follow the main points of a conference, a discourse, a report and other types of educational/professional presentations, which are complex in form and content.
  • in a conversation, to understand in detail what is said in standard dialect, even in a noisy environment.
Level B2+ of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
 
3 Speaking skills :
  • develop a presentation in a methodic way, or a description emphasizing the important points and relevant details.
  • spontaneously diverge from a prepared text to follow interesting points raised by the audience, and show great ease and spoken skills in doing so.
  • take part in a conversation of a certain length on most general topics and really participate in it, even in a noisy environment.
Level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
 
4 Writing skills :
  • summarise information and arguments coming from diverse sources.
  • write formal letters and know the formulas which are most appropriate to the different forms of professional correspondence.
Level B1+ of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
 
5 Code
  • Expansion of general vocabulary (4000 basic words) and specific professional vocabulary. 
  • Reinforcement of simple and complex specific grammatical structures of Dutch.
As far as speaking skills are concerned, the teaching unit focuses more on communicative skills than on correction.
Culture
For all the skills aforementioned: introduction to Flemish and Dutch culture.  The capacity to appreciate the values transmitted by this culture is developed through different fields (social, political, economical).
 
Content
This teaching unit aims at helping students to prepare their entry on the job market, by training skills such as meetings, negotiations, job interviews, the writing of a report, '
The aim is also to allow the student to know the professional world better, through the reading of newspaper articles, conferences, films, video sequences, company simulation exercises'
All skills will be trained (listening, reading, speaking and writing) although the focus will be on developing speaking skills in a professional environment.
Teaching methods
  • Lessons in groups of max. 20 students.
  • Workload 
    Classroom hours : 30 h
    Self-study (including e-learning): 60 h   
  • All skills will be trained (listening, reading, speaking and writing) although the focus will be on developing speaking skills in a professional environment.
  • Students are required to deliver a talk on one of the communication techniques related to professional life.  During this presentation, they are asked to create interaction with the public. The communication techniques themselves will be systematically trained in class.  All these activities require some preparation work to be done by the students who are also themselves responsible for perfecting their linguistic knowledge (vocabulary study, revision of grammatical points, ').
Evaluation methods
The evaluation will take into account various skills en language master : 
- Continuous assessment : active participation in class, various tasks on Moodle throughout the term, presentation of a current theme and cultural subject,... (8 points)
- 3 vocabulary tests (6 points)
- interactive oral test (2 points)
- individual oral test (4 points)
Other information
Acces to this teaching unit : before validating the student's programme, the limited jury should make sure, if the student has chosen to integrate this teaching unit, that the coordinator, has confirmed his/her enrolment in one of the groups, this allowing for a good organization of groups within the Insitut des Langues Vivantes.
Online resources
http://sites.uclouvain.be/moodle/
http://www.wallangues.be/
Bibliography
  • plateforme d'apprentissage Moodle
  • matériel authentique tiré de la presse belge néerlandophone ainsi que de certains sites tels que job@.be, vacature.com
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