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Learn a Language


Admission requirements

This course is only available for students in the BA Urban Studies programme.


In this course you learn how to handle successfully a variety of basic social situations you may encounter in daily life abroad. You learn to maintain non-complicated face-to-face conversations, and to perform such tasks as introducing yourself, asking directions, understanding a TV program or writing an e-mail. These basics are acquired by using the textbook and through a wide range of real-life situations, performed either individually or in groups. Grammar, cultural topics, current issues and pronunciation are main concerns, too.

Course objectives

General learning outcomes

See tab Additional information for the overview of the programme's general learning outcomes. In the assessment methods below is outlined which general learning outcome will be tested through which method.

Course objectives, pertaining to this course

  • 1) This course enables the student to achieve a level A1/A2 (reading, writing, listening, speaking) of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).


The timetable is available on the Urban Studies website.

Mode of instruction

  • Work group (compulsory attendance)
    This means that students have to attend every session of the course. If you are unable to attend a session, please inform your tutor in advance, providing a valid reason for your absence. Being absent will result in a lowering of the participation grade with 0.5 for every absence after the first three (3) times.

Course Load

Total course load for this course is 5 EC (1 EC equals 28 hours), which equals 140 hours, broken down by:

  • Attending classes: 36

  • Completing assignment(s), preparing for classes and exams: 101

  • Assessment hours (exams): 3

Assessment method


  • Written final exam
    -measured programme's general learning outcomes: 13
    -measured course specific objectives: 1

  • Participation and quizzes
    -measured programme's general learning outcomes: 13, 21, 23
    -measured course specific objectives: 1

  • Oral and listening performance
    -measured programme's general learning outcomes: 13, 21, 23
    -measured course specific objectives: 1


Partial grade Weighing
Participation and quizzes 20
Oral and listening performance 40
Final exam 40

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 the end grade is insufficient (lower than a 6.0), or the written final exam grade is lower than 5,50, there is a possibility of retaking the final examination, replacing the previous final examination grade. No resit is possible for the participation and quizzes or the oral and listening performance.

Faculty regulations concerning participation in resits are listed in article 4.1 of the Faculty Course and Examination Regulations.

Inspection 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.


Blackboard will be used in this course.

Reading list

Dutch 1:

  • Katja Verbruggen, deel 1 - Dutch for beginners (Coutinho 2017). ISBN: 9789046905661.

  • Katja Verbruggen, deel 2 - Dutch for beginners (Coutinho). ISBN: 9789046903797.

  • Marian Hoefnagel, De huwelijksreis (Intertaal). ISBN: 9789460301889.

The books can be purchased at good bookstores like “Paagman” (or online “”)

German 1:

  • Birgit Braun et al., DaF kompakt neu A1, Kurs- und Übungsbuch mit MP3-CD (Ernst Klett Sprachen GmbH) ISBN: 9783126763134.

To support student’s selfstudy the following book can be recommended:
1.A vocabulary trainer in Arabic, English, French, Spanish, Italian and Polish: DaF kompakt neu A1 Vokabeltrainer. ISBN: 9783126763202.

Spanish 1:

  • Corpas, García, Garmendia, Aula internacional 1 Nueva edición (Difusión 2013). SKU: 9789463250009

  • Teresa Alonso y Marina Rabadan, Aula Internacional 1, Grammar and Vocabulary Companion (Difusión 2014). SKU: 9788415846888

Online material published on Blackboard (reading texts and web classes)


Enrolment through uSis is mandatory.
General information about uSis is available on the website

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.


Drs M.M.A.M. Suijten


This course forms part of the language component of the BA International Studies programme. Students have six hours of language teaching a week in the first and second blocks (10 EC) of the semester. The students of Urban Studies follow the courses only in the first block (5 EC).