DUTC W10 Introduction to Dutch (1). This course intends to offer an introduction to the comprehension and use of spoken and written Dutch as well as exposure to the people and culture of the Netherlands. The course will acquaint students with elementary language functions. The objectives are that students learn to give and receive appropriate greetings; to express information about themselves, their families, and their environment. Students will also learn to use essential vocabulary to express gratitude for help and hospitality. They will acquire a basic cultural knowledge and a skill set for navigating the social and geographical terrain of the urban area in which they will live. Daily homework and quizzes and periodic tests will assess and evaluate student learning. This course is intended as a prerequisite for students who will go on Calvin’s Semester in the Netherlands Off-campus Program at the VU University Amsterdam. I. Konyndyk. 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (MTTH).
DUTC W40 Dutch Interim Abroad . Experience Dutch culture and everyday life in the Netherlands. This course features extensive interaction and meetings with Dutch persons. Excursions to education, business, and political institutions, as well as museum visits, concerts, church services, and guided tours are additional aspects of the course. Depending on the language background of participants, individual students may receive semi-formal instruction in Dutch. Local and intercity travel is done via bus, train, and bicycle. Lodging is in comfortable hostels and home stays. Extended stays are in the cities of Amsterdam, Amersfoort, and Middelburg with excursions to numerous other cities and into Dutch-speaking Belgium. There are several free days for travel. Course goals are that students demonstrate gains in Dutch language skills and increase their understanding of various religious, political, and cultural facets of the Low Countries. Students demonstrate achievements of these goals in journal writing, field assignments, and a concluding writing project. This course may fulfill an elective in the Dutch major and minor and the Netherlandic Studies major. Students having taken at least one Dutch language course are given priority admittance to this course. This course will fulfill the CCE requirement. Course dates: January 3 -23. Fee: $3000. H. De Vries. Off campus.