ULDU20010 - Intermediate Dutch

  • Credits: 20
  • Level: 2.
  • Pre-requisite: A good pass GCSE (A*, A or B). If taken within the last 3 yearst, or ULDU10010
  • Co-requisite: None
  • Taught during: Both semesters
  • Timetable: Timetable for the course


This course aims to develop skills in speaking, listening, reading and writing Dutch. It lays emphasis on communication and comprehension skills but also builds on the grammar base acquired in elementary courses. Topics covered earlier will be revised and extended and new themes introduced which will develop your understanding of the society and culture of contemporary Holland. Students will be expected to use the resources in the Language Centre and to communicate with native speakers wherever possible.

Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to: 

  1. Understand the main points of clear, standard speech on familiar matters; and understand the main points of short, clear radio or TV programmes which deal with current affairs or topics of personal interest
  2. Understand texts using fairly high frequency, everyday or job-related language
  3. Intervene in a conversation if it deals with familiar topics
  4. Express, in brief oral exchanges, an opinion or ambition and to give short explanations for these; explain, briefly, a succession of events or to give information of an event
  5. Write simple, connected texts on familiar topics or topics of personal interest.

By the end of the course, students should be able to perform at Level B1 of the Common European Framework.

  • Transferable skills: Information handling, IT skills, cultural appreciation, language awareness, discussion, formal presentations.
  • Teaching and learning methods: seminars, three hours per week, plus an additional one hour oral class.  


  • Semester one: One written test (25%) which will normally take place during week 12, one dossier task (10%), to be submitted in week 12.
  • Semester two: One written test (25%), one aural (10%), one oral test (20%), one dossier mark (10%). Listening assessment will take place in the week before the Easter break (normally week 7 or 8); oral and written assessments will normally be scheduled during weeks 11 and 12; dossiers are submitted in the last week before the Easter break

Nature and timing of feedback

Feedback will include a combination of:

  • informal ongoing oral and written feedback resulting from homework and class based learning activities;
  • formal written feedback will be given following every assessment.


Dorit Fellner 

Taught by

Anna Maria van Veldhuizen

Maximum entry

20 per group

Set texts

  • Nederlands in actie by Berna de Boer, Margaret van de Kamp, Birgit Lijmbach, derde druk. ISBN: 978-9046902981

The textbook is available from the LEAP office at the discounted price of £25.

Recommended texts

  • Colloquial Dutch 2: The Next Step in Language Learning by Gerda Bodegom. ISBN: 9781138958289




Successful completion of this course unit will enhance your curriculum vitae and your employability by showing that you have a capacity to learn other languages and the desire to engage with other cultures.

(*) The textbooks can be bought directly from the publisher - Intertaal.