The International Position of Dutch Language and Culture

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Intensive refresher course for teacher-researchers in Dutch as a Foreign Language that fosters the professionalism of the participants right across the width of Dutch Studies. Offers recent academic insights from Literature, Linguistics, Translation Studies, Intercultural Communication, Language Education and Digital Humanities. Affords the possibility to apply acquired knowledge and skills in practice and gives ample room for networking with academic and practice-based partners.

The Dutch Department of Utrecht University joins forces with The Dutch Language Union to organize an intensive refresher course for teacher-researchers in Dutch as a Foreign Language. This course fosters the professionalism of the participants right across the width of Dutch Studies: it offers a thorough understanding of topical academic debates within the discipline; it also affords the possibility to incorporate this new knowledge in the research and teaching practice; and it opens the door to exchanging ideas about research and education with colleague’s and professional partners. The central theme of the summer course is the international position of Dutch language and culture, with a specific focus on the most recent developments within the field of Digital Humanities.

The course content is founded on four pillars:

  • Dutch Studies: the State of the Art

In the state of the art-sessions, we concentrate on updating and deepening the participants’ knowledge of the field, and on enhancing analytical skills. Specialized researchers from the Netherlands and Belgium will deliver lectures on the most recent academic insights from Literature, Linguistics, (Automatic) Translation Studies, Intercultural Communication and Language Education. This knowledge will be further expanded in workshops that are organized in cooperation with academic and practice-based partners. 

  • Digital Humanities: Theories and Practice

During lectures and labs, participants will explore the theoretical debates within the Digital Humanities and learn from various experts how to work with digital tools and sources. This digital pathway also offers opportunities for the development of the Digital Humanities within the international Dutch Studies: input from the participants can help to improve the digital infrastructure, that is still primarily orientated to the Netherlands and Belgium..

  • Expertise Sessions

The expertise sessions offer participants the opportunity to exchange ideas about  ech other's research, under the supervision of a local expert. These sessions give ample room for tailored advice from international peers and local specialists.

  • Online Prepping Track and Follow-Up Track

The course will be preceded by an online preparation track and closed off by a follow-up tack. During the online preparation, the participant does some assigned reading, and draws up a portfolio that contains a description of the knowledge in the topic of this course as well as a list of learning aims. Further instructions on the portfolio will follow after subscription. During the follow-up the participant can receive support with the processing of the feedback from the expertise sessions.

All pillars give ample room to strengthen the network of colleagues and partners outside of the university. The cultural program that will be organized around the course also attributes to the social and professional ties.

Course director

Prof. dr. Norbert Corver

Target audience

This refresher course is specifically designed for teacher-researchers in Dutch as a Foreign Language, who are working in the international Dutch Studies outside the Netherlands and Belgium, on universities, colleges or other institutes. This course also offers relevant refresher and network possibilities to teacher-researchers that combine these activities with translation projects or other functions as cultural mediator. A background in Dutch Studies is not required, verbal and written mastery of the Dutch language is requested.

Course aim

The aim of this course is threefold:

  1. Updating and deepening the participants’ knowledge of the field of Dutch Studies and enhancing analytical skills, with a specific focus on digital tools and sources.
  2. Enhancing the participants' research by discussing research topics with international peers and local experts.
  3. Strengthen the network with academic and practice-based partners.

Study load

Each day starts with a state of the art lecture of a specialized researcher. Afterwards, the particpants will split up in research groups for the expert sessions. The afternoons are dedicated to the Digital Humanities lecures and labs. On some evenings there will be a cultural program after dinner.


Course fee:
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Please add a short description of your current knowledge of Dutch Studies (max. 250 words) and a list of learning needs and learning aims (max. 10 bullet points) in your Motivation Letter. If you took a course of the Dutch Language Foundation before, please add this to your C.V.

For this course you are required to upload the following documents when applying:

  • Motivation Letter
  • C.V.

More information

Femke Essink | E: | T: 0031 30 253 7108


Application deadline: 12 June 2020

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