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Dutch 4

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Enrolment and dates available from July 1st
Enrolment and dates available from November 1st
Enrolment and dates available from May 1st - Intensive course
Enrolment and dates available from May 1st - Intensive course

Classroom course/ online course

Dutch 4 is offered as a traditional classroom course and as an online course.

In the classroom course, the teacher and all students are present in the classroom. 
When registering for this classroom course (via Timetable & Registration) please select 'Nederlands 4 KLASSIKAAL'. 

When registering for the online course (via Timetable & Registration) please select 'Nederlands 4 ONLINE'.

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Course description

The student’s vocabulary is further expanded to include abstract terminology and a more in-depth knowledge of grammar will be acquired. Attention is given to special rules and exceptions. Various linguistic skills are dealt with: speaking, listening, writing and reading. Texts and topics of conversation are centred around various popular scientific and current topics. The student learns approximately 600 new words. Conversation skills are practised with the class as well as in groups and language lab equipment is used. The teacher deals with texts and grammatical points using authentic texts. Students are expected to prepare at home; preparation time is estimated at approximately 3 hours per lesson.

The pace is fast and students are expected to actively participate and prepare for the lessons. 

Upon completing the course, participants will be able to have a conversation on a variety of current topics with relative ease. Participants will also be able to understand texts and conversations. The course is concluded with a final test and a certificate (minimum attendance 80%). 

Course material

  • Boer e.a., Nederlands in actie. Uitgeverij Coutinho. ISBN 9789046902981.

From February 2023 onwards, we'll be using the new fourth edition 

  • Boer e.a., Nederlands in actie. Uitgeverij Coutinho. ISBN 9789046908426

The course material is not included in the registration fee. Course participants are required to purchase course materials themselves.

Target group and admission requirements

The course is intended for adults with a higher education, including both Leiden University students and staff members and other interested parties with no relation to the University. The course is open to persons aged 17 and older who have completed a secondary school education.

For this course knowledge of the language is required. Those who have a certificate from the previous course can enrol directly. Others are required to check by means of an entrance exam if they have sufficient knowledge to take part. Please get in touch with us to make an appointment talencentrum@hum.leidenuniv.nl   

Other information

  • The maximum number of participants for this course is 14.
  • The course load is 110 hours. On request a Course load declaration form can be issued. The student should enquire with their department whether course participation can be converted into credits.
  • The holiday periods can be found in the Academic Language Centre's academic calendar.
  • If classes are cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, they will be added at the end of the courses. Please take into account that courses may end later than scheduled.
  • The course level is indicated with the help of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
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