Seminar of Entry to professional life in Dutch - Intermediate level

lneer2500  2020-2021  Louvain-la-Neuve

Seminar of Entry to professional life in Dutch - Intermediate level
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information below is subject to change, in particular that concerning the teaching mode (presential, distance or in a comodal or hybrid format).
3 credits
30.0 h
Q1 or Q2
Demeulenaere Isabelle (coordinator); Lambrecht Marie-Laurence;
This teaching unit being of lower-intermediate level, students should have a satisfactory productive knowledge of the basic grammar and vocabulary and have reached the A2 level (reading, listening and speaking) of the " Common European Framework of reference for Languages " (CEFR).  The teaching unit LNEER 2600 can logically follow the teaching unit LNEER 2500.
Main themes
This teaching unit is structured around different themes related primarily to the professional world in which the student is meant to function in the future. Different subject-matters linked to current events will also be discussed. The teaching unit focuses on the practice of interactive spoken language.

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

1 At the end of the course, the student should be able:
  • to understand the significant points of a direct and non-complex newspaper article
  • to read and show a satisfactory level of understanding of factual texts about subjects of personal interest
B1 + level for reading comprehension of the 'Common European Framework of references for Languages.'
  • to understand the main points of TV-programmes about familiar subjects, provided that the language is pronounced clearly
  • to follow a presentation of a certain length and complex argumentation provided that the subject-matter is familiar and the general plan is made explicit
  • to follow a clearly articulated speech within an everyday conversation, occasionally having some words or expressions repeated 
B1+ level for listening comprehension of the 'Common European Framework of references for Languages.'
  • to easily carry out a direct and non-complex description of subjects related to his/her interests and everyday life
  • to give short explanations and justifications for his/her opinions, plans and actions
  • Interactively
  • to take part in a conversation about a familiar subject, express his/her personal opinion and exchange information about that subject (holidays, family, hobbies')
  • to answer a limited number of direct and simple questions
B1 level for speaking skills of the 'Common European Framework of references for Languages.'
  • to write short and simple notes in connection with specific needs
  • to write a series of expressions and simple sentences linked by connectors such as 'and', 'but' and 'because'
A2 level for writing skills of the 'Common European Framework of references for Languages.'
  • Vocabulary: consolidation of basic vocabulary and extension of general as well as specific (field-related) vocabulary.
  • Grammar: consolidation of the understanding of specific Dutch structures (passive voice, inversion, subordination, "voornaamwoordelijk bijwoord", "er").
  • In the development of all the above-mentioned skills this teaching unit will aim at making the students aware of Dutch and Flemish cultural aspects.
This teaching unit involves  
  • the revision and extension of general vocabulary as well as specific (field-related) vocabulary,
  • the revision of specific Dutch structures by means of oral and written exercices. There will be no systematic teaching of grammatical theory,
  • the training and development of reading and listening skills.
Teaching methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

  • Groups of maximum 20 students.
  • Workload :
    30 teaching hours
    42 hours of autonomous work
  • Mainly practical speaking exercices based on reading files related to the proàfessional world, the study field of current affairs.
  • Course material : the student receives part of the cours material in the first class and the rest gradually during the year, as the TU is mainly based on current affairs (economy, science, society,'). A general, professional vocabulary list  and another one more specific to each student's study filed will be sent to the student by mail. On request, the student may ask for extra grammatical exercises and their corrections.
Evaluation methods

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.

6/20 go to continuous assessment (2 for participation in class, 2 for written tasks, 2 for oral taskts).
The evaluation of writing skills will be organised during the last week and will count for 6/20. Speaking skills will be tested during the last week of the term or during the exam session and will count for 8/20.
In case the student fails, he/she will take the examen again during the following session (in june or september. In that case, the written part will count for 8/20 and the oral part for 12/20.    
Other information
Acces to this teaching unit : before validating the student's programme, the limited jury should make sure, if the student has chosen to integrate this teaching unit, that the coordinator has confirmed his/her enrolment in one of the groups, this allowing for a good organization of groups within the Insitut des Langues Vivantes.
Dossier de lecture. Documents distribués lors des séances.
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