This module is aimed at beginners in Dutch. The course will introduce students to the main grammatical structures and functions of the language through classroom exercises reinforced by private study. Students will become proficient in a wide range of common (predictable) situations and functions. Practical language classes will focus on productive and receptive skills helping students to achieve effective communicative competence up to 'survival' level. Aspects of the modern Netherlands will be introduced in the target language at appropriate points. The course will also help students to develop strategies for coping with Dutch in real-life situations, using a variety of materials: authentic texts, dialogues and short presentations. Students will be given the opportunity to work in a group as well as individually. Strategies for independent learning will also be developed.