Listening and speaking skills for business Dutch - Part 1

lneer2710  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Listening and speaking skills for business Dutch - Part 1
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
3 credits
30.0 h
Verhaert Marianne (coordinator);
This teaching unit being of advanced level, an intermediate productive command of grammar and vocabulary as well as the command of the language skills as described at the intermediate level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, are required.
Main themes
  • Belgium and export
  • first sight
  • The world after 9/11
  • The stock exchange
  • Marketing
  • Subjects of topical interest

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

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At the end of this teaching unit the student should be able to master the specific Dutch vocabulary used in the business world.

LevelB2+ of the European Reference Framework;

Individual Listening comprehension
At the end of this teaching unit the student should be able to deal with all Dutch listening texts of a general businesslike nature in a critical way, understand them and make full use of them.

Level C1 minimum  of the European Reference Framework;

Oral expression and interactive communication
At the end of this teaching unit the student should be able to  express him/herself orally and communicate interactively  easily, spontaneously, thoroughly and convincingly on either subjets of a general nature or subjects related to the business world. He should be able as well to tackle the subject strategically in an enterprise or organisation and this within a national or international and multicultural context.

Level B2+  of the European Reference Framework;

Business communication techniques
At the end of this teaching unit the student should be able to thoroughly master  and use  critically an entity of key elements needed to communicate effectively within a business organisation.(debate, negotiation, business meeting)

Level B2+ of the European Reference Framework.

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
This teaching unit consists of
  • confronting the students with different kinds of audio and video fragments (monologues, dialogues, formal/informal register, different accents) in order to improve the level of the listening comprehension
  • improving  their speaking skills (particularly in a business environment) through a variety of oral exercises. 
  • confronting the students with the culture of dutchspeaking Belgium by a guided visit to one of Flanders cities.
  • Confronting the students with the world of business and business communication by means of a visit of a companyin Flandres and an interview with the person responsible for communication in the company. This visit is done by the students themselves.
Teaching methods
  • Lessons in groups of  20 students.
  • Workload 
    Classroom hours : 30 h
    Self-study (including e-learning): 60 h  
  • Extension of business and economical vocabulary.  In all cases the vocabulary is presented in context.
  • Training and development of listening skills in class by means of authentic documents mainly focussing on economical and commercial topics.
    Additional exercises will have to be done at home (e-learning on the Moodle platform)
  • Training and development of speaking skills in a professional context. (the debate, the negotiation, the business meeting, the presentation, the job interview etc. ) by means of classroom teaching . 
    Additional exercises will have to be done at home (e-learning on the Moodle platform).
Evaluation methods
At the end of Q1:
  • oral exam consisting of two parts: 1. presentation about a relatively unknown Flemish city(20%) and 2. the oral exam itself (30%)
  • written exam (50%) ( listening comprehension (30%) and vocabulary (20%).

    Both exams are connected with the themes treated during the first semester.
Online resources
  • Syllabus LNEER2710  + Plate-forme Moodle
  • Les documents audio et vidéo authentiques ayant trait à l'actualité.
Teaching materials
  • Syllabus LNEER 2710
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [120] in Multilingual Communication