The Dutch Department and the Centre of Expertise on Literary Translation of Utrecht University join forces with The Dutch Language Union to organize a new and 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 teaching and research practice; and it opens the door to exchanging ideas about education and research with colleague’s and professional partners. The central theme of the summer course is the international position of Dutch language and culture, and this second edition will focus specifically on recent developments within the field of Digital Humanities.
The course has two learning pathways. The first learning pathway focusses on updating and deepening the participants’ knowledge of the field, and on enhancing analytical skills. Specialized teachers and researchers from the Netherlands and Belgium will deliver lectures on 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, creative and practice-based partners. The second learning pathway centers on the implementation of the acquired skills and knowledge in a teaching or research product, and offers tailor-made advice on writing skills or the use of digital tools in research and education.
New to this edition is the thread of Digital Humanities that will be woven throughout the course. Within the knowledge pathway, the emphasis lies on the availability of various digital sources and tools, and the implementation pathway centers on learning to work with the digital instruments supplied. 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.
All learning pathways 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.
The summer course will be preceded by an online preparation course and closed off by a follow-up course. 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 will receive support with the application of the teaching or research product in practice.
The course, course material and accommodation will be financed by Utrecht University and the Dutch Language Foundation. Travelling expenses, travel Insurance, visa, food and drinks are at the participant’s expense. The organization contributes 25 euro per course day for food and drinks, but please note that this will not cover all the costs.
In exceptional cases, the Dutch Language Foundation can reimburse travelling expenses of participants from Central Europe (Comenius countries) and Eastern Europe (DOEN countries). Participants who qualify for this arrangement will receive more information after selection.
Take note: cancellation is possible until 15 June. In case of cancellation after 15 June, a compensation of 200 euro's will be charged.