|Course level||Bachelor, open to students and professionals from all levels who want to improve their English language skills|
||3 August to 17 August 2019
|Recommended course combination
||Suitable with all courses.|
|Co-ordinating lecturers||Marijke Kranenburg,Ms Carol Zomerhuis, Mr Craig Bell|
|Form(s) of tuition||Lectures, interactive practicals, discussions|
|Form(s) of assessment||End-of-course language test|
The course, which uses a wide variety of active teaching methods, covers the following topics:
Your course instructor will guide you through the course book. You will cover subjects that include education, culture in general and Dutch culture in particular, sustainability, governance, the connected world. You will be expected to actively participate in discussions on these subjects. The instructor will be there to help you and make sure that you feel at home in class.
There will be two excursions, although the term ‘excursion’ may give you the wrong impression. The excursions both have the same theme: student life in Amsterdam.
A) The Google Maps Challenge (day 2)
Two or three VU Amsterdam students will take the group on a Google Maps Challenge. The goal? Find your way to the evening’s rendezvous. Along the way, the VU Amsterdam students will act as your personal tourist guides.
B) Paradiso Noord (day 8)
Amsterdam has loads of concert venues. Some are massive and famous, others are smaller but with very special qualities of their own. Two students will take you to Paradiso Noord, a smaller venue where you can enjoy some really great music. This small concert hall is located just across the river from Central Station. You’ll see how the atmosphere changes once you have crossed the water!
After completing this course, you will be familiar with:
After completing the course, you will know how to:
Carol Zomerhuis-Gander is a teacher, teacher trainer and examiner. She has worked for the VU Taal Centrum since 2009 and is mainly responsible for teaching English for Academic Purposes concentrating on Bachelor students. Furthermore, she is a passionate teacher who always put her students first in order to help them achieve their goals.
"No one masters something they are not passionate about" - Grant Wiggins
Craig Bell is a native English speaker and originally from the United Kingdom. He has lived in the Netherlands for 25 years and has extensive experience in teaching and lecturing in English for Academic Purposes in various university settings. Craig also gained an MSc in Multimedia and E-learning from the University of Huddersfield. He works with students and professionals from a variety of academic fields, which has enabled him to adapt to students' goals and needs. Craig also believes students input is essential and active participation is highly encouraged.
Course participants will leave the course with a sound understanding of most elements of good writing, which should enable them to more skilfully enter their chosen field of study and research.