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Dutch For Reading

Distance Learning Course (12 - 30 July 2021)

Dutch for Reading is an online course designed for those whom are interested in reading Dutch texts. In this course we will focus on Dutch grammar and (personalized) vocabulary. The book being used, focusses - amongst other themes - on (art) history, social policies and (post)colonial Netherlands. Participants will work with self-chosen reading material in small workgroups on individual specialisms.

Target group

Dutch for Reading is designed for graduate students preparing for departmental reading/translation exams and/or need to read Dutch for their research. The course does not require any previous knowledge of Dutch.

The course will be conducted in English.

Course content

Students will acquire basic reading vocabulary and understanding of Dutch grammar through analytical discussion, grammar exercises, and extensive reading of selected texts. Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to read Dutch texts of at least medium difficulty, understand their main ideas and translate them with the help of a dictionary.

This course is offered as a distance learning course. A distance learning lesson consist of two parts:  

  • Synchronous learning : real-time contact with your fellow students and your teacher in online classes (approx. two hours per session).
  • Asynchronous learning: going through elaborate, guided course materials and doing online tasks and exercises on Canvas, the UvA’s online learning environment.

Participants will be given a certificate of participation.


This course starts at CEFR level 0 and finishes with CEFR level B1 reading skills only.

Study material

Dutch for reading Knowledge, C. van Baalen et al., € 33.—(hard copy or e-book) ISBN 978 90 272 1197 2

Application procedure

To apply, please follow the link below. For more information please contact


  • Target group: Researchers, students and scholars
  • Class size: 10-12
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Hours per week: 8 hours of classes per week and a minimum of 8 hours of self-study per week
  • Schedule: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 16:00 - 18:00 (GMT +1)
  • Course duration: 3 weeks of classes
  • Period: 13 – 31 July 2020
  • Fee: €690,-