Dutch Courses for Fall 2021

Content for Fall 2021

Dutch 1 (5) Elementary Dutch. Van Der Hoeven

In this beginner’s course, students will familiarize themselves with the basics of Dutch: its sounds and spelling, its grammatical structure, and its vocabulary. The class focuses on oral communication with an emphasis on vocabulary: learning words and learning how to use these words. By reading texts and dialogues (and listening to the audio version), students will build their vocabulary. In class they will get the opportunity to practice their newly learned words and phrases. By the end of the semester, students will be able to express themselves in speaking and in writing about a variety of topics, including introducing yourself, time, living, studying, traveling, and talking about present and past situations.

Dutch 24 (1) Freshman Seminar. Dewulf

This is a Freshman Seminar for students interested in studying abroad. It is the ideal course to prepare yourself for a study abroad experience and how to learn, explore, and grow in a globalizing world. The instructor, Jeroen Dewulf, is the UC Berkeley Faculty Director for Study Abroad.

Dutch 110 (4) Advanced Dutch. Van Der Hoeven

In this advanced Dutch language course, students will continue to build their vocabulary based on texts dealing with a variety of topics: the history, culture and society of Belgium and the Netherlands, current affairs and discussions, and literature and art. Class revolves around the reading and discussions of texts, and (newly) featured grammar will be discussed along the way. A lot of attention is paid to speaking skills and presentation skills. By the end of the semester, students will have developed their fluency in Dutch to the level of an advanced speaker. The course is open for students who successfully completed Dutch 1 and 2 (or have an equivalent level).  

Dutch 166 (4) Anne Frank. Dewulf

This course offers a critical reflection on Anne Frank’s famous diary in the context of the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. Using film and literature, it studies the German invasion, the resistance and collaboration, the horrors of the Nazi regime, the Holocaust, and the post-war debate on World War II in Dutch society.