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Dutch in Practice


Admission requirements

This course is only available for students in the BA International Studies programme who have passed Dutch 1 Beginners and Dutch 2 Pre-Intermediate. If students have not yet passed Dutch 3 Intermediate, they are expected to follow that course alongside the Dutch in Practice course.


This course puts into action the linguistic and cultural knowledge and skills students acquired in their language acquisition courses. Students will apply their knowledge of Dutch to authentic texts related to International Studies.

Using a case-study approach, students will practice finding and analysing Dutch data in the first half of the course. They will engage with a variety of texts and media, both academic and popular, so as to use them for research. In the second half, they will create a portfolio of Dutch data on a relevant topic.

Course objectives

By the end of the course, students will be able to locate written and spoken Dutch materials that can serve as data or reference for a (research) project in International Studies.

Students will analyse spoken and written Dutch texts of appropriate level. They will be able to summarise, paraphrase, and evaluate these texts in English.


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Mode of instruction


Seminars are held every week. Attending all seminar sessions is compulsory. If you are unable to attend a session, please inform your lecturer in advance. Being absent at more than two of the sessions will influence your participation grade (20% of the end grade). Please note that being absent at any session may have a negative impact on the grade of the assignment due for that particular tutorial session. This is at the discretion of the lecturer.

Assessment method


  • Preparatory seminar work

  • Midterm assignment

  • Portfolio


Partial grade Weighing
Preparation and participation 10%
Midterm assignment 30%
Portfolio 60%

End Grade

To successfully complete the course, please take note that the End Grade of the course is established by determining the weighted average of all assessment components.


If you fail this course, you can resubmit an improved version of your portfolio (60% of the final grade). In case of resubmission of the portfolio (insufficient final grade only) the final grade for the portfolio will be lowered as a consequence of the longer process of completion. The deadline for resubmission is 10 working days after receiving the grade for the portfolio.

The exact arrangements with regards to the format and timing of the Midterm Exam can be found in the course syllabus on Brightspace.

Retaking a passing grade

Retaking a passing grade is not possible for this course.

Please consult the Course and Examination Regulations 2023 – 2024.

Exam review and feedback

How and when an exam review will take place will be disclosed together with the publication of the exam results at the latest. If a student requests a review within 30 days after publication of the exam results, an exam review will have to be organised.

Reading list

Course material will be made available via Brightspace. Students will also contribute their own reading material.


General information about course and exam enrolment is available on the website.



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