Blended learning met de Universiteit van Nederland en Vlaanderen : een online cursus voor vergevorderde studenten Nederlands
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|Blended Learning with the University of the Netherlands and Flanders : an Online Course for Advanced Students of Dutch
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|While there are various language methods intended for upper-intermediate students of Dutch (CEFR level B2), the number of books and online learning materials for proficient language users (CEFR levels C1 and C2) is rather scarce. Moreover, available books are mainly intended for students of Dutch as a Second Language, and not in the first place for students of Dutch as a Foreign Language and cover only varieties of Dutch spoken in the Netherlands. A survey, in which 40 students from 8 different departments of Dutch Studies in Central Europe participated, shows that the vast majority of respondents prefers to work with authentic materials from both the Netherlands and Flanders. After all, both during and after their studies, these students come into contact with Netherlandic and Flemish Dutch. Therefore there seems to be a demand for a course that pays attention to both varieties of Dutch. In order to fulfill this need, a new course is being developed with the support of the Dutch Language Union which can be used in the education of Dutch as a Foreign Language and which can also be taken independently. The course will consist of an online part (a MOOC), which is built around a number of online lectures from the University of the Netherlands and Flanders, and a teacher's manual with activating exercises for the classroom. The principle of the “flipped classroom” allows a differentiated approach, in which the student processes the subject matter at his own pace. At the end of February 2020, the first “modules” will be developed by the main partners of the project: Truus De Wilde (Freie Universität Berlin), Esther Ham (Indiana University Bloomington), Christine Sas (University College London) and Sofie Royeaerd (Masaryk University Brno). The colloquium in Berlin would be an ideal opportunity to present the first draft of the course to colleagues from the field. During an interactive meeting, teachers will be invited to comment on the concept modules and put forward ideas for the content of the course. Since the aim is to design a course, freely accessible to everyone, that can be widely used in the education of Dutch as a Foreign Language in the German language area, Central Europe and beyond, this input from fellow teachers will be of indispensable valuable.