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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).


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Mode of instruction

  • Tutorial (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.

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.

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 Brightspace (reading texts and web classes)


Registration occurs via survey only. Registration opens 14 December:

  1. On 14 December you will receive a message with a link to the survey.
  2. Indicate there which Methodological Elective (and if you choose Learn a language: which language you would like to learn) has your preference, and your reasons for this preference.
  3. Based on preferences indicated by 30 December the Coordinator of Studies will assign you to a specific Methodological Elective by 20 January.
  4. Students will then be enrolled for the specific groups by the Administration Office.
  5. All students are required to enroll for their group in Brightspace to access all course information.

Students cannot register in uSis for the Methodological Elective, or be allowed into a Methodological Elective in any other way.

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).

Passing this course is an entry requirement for the thesis.