Call for Applications: 

Virtual Dutch language-course in May/June 2021 at Columbia University for Graduate Students (tuition-free)

 

This year, the annual summer course is virtual (Zoom) and slightly abbreviated from the in-person  courses that we normally hold.

 

Applications are invited for a course in modern Dutch and early modern Dutch/paleography, each section of which can be taken separately. The course is free-of-charge. Funding has been provided through the Nederlandse Taalunie (Dutch Language Union).

 

The course has two distinct sections, and students may apply to either or both. A single letter of application (which should include a statement of the applicant's Dutch-language skills) will suffice for any section(s) of the course, but applicants should be sure to include a Letter of Purpose.

Applicants are requested to clearly state which sections they are applying to, by stating it in boldface on the letter of application.

 

APPLICATIONS FOR ALL SESSIONS ARE DUE MONDAY, APRIL 5 , 2021

 

Descriptions of the courses and requirements for admission to each section

 

Schedule (all times are New York time zone)

Dutch for Reading Knowledge

week I            May 17 - 20    11 am - 2 pm

week II           May 24 - 27    11 am - 2 pm

 

Reading 17th Century Dutch Texts and Paleography

week III          June 7 - 10      10 am - 12 pm Paleography (Dr. Frans Blom, University of Amsterdam)

                                                1 pm - 3 pm   (Printed) 17th-century Dutch Texts

 

 

Week I & II:  Modern Dutch for Reading Knowledge

This section will cover reading strategies, grammar and vocabulary in modern Dutch.

Open to all students with the equivalent of 2 semesters or more of Dutch (or 4 semesters of German or equivalent) at the university level, or who can show adequate language skills acquired through other means such as self-study. Students are asked to submit evidence of competence in the language. Preference will be given to students enrolled in a PhD program, although M.A. students may apply.  Students who are unsure if their level of Dutch is satisfactory should contact Wijnie de Groot to arrange an evaluation (wed23@columbia.edu).

 

Week III:  17th-century Dutch texts/paleography workshop

The workshop will cover reading strategies of 17th-century printed and handwritten texts.

Open to all students with the equivalent of 3 semesters or more of Dutch or 2 full years of German at the university level, or who can show adequate language skills acquired through other means such as self-study. Students must submit evidence of competence in the language.  In addition, students should submit a letter of application and a letter of purpose explaining their reason for application. Preference will be given to students enrolled in a PhD program, although M.A students may apply.

 

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All applications and inquiries

should be emailed to Wijnie de Groot at wed23@columbia.edu.

 

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