Dutch lessons in the MYP
Every student in an International Baccalaureate World School across the world needs to learn the language of their host country. This means, that in our case, every student needs to learn Dutch. In the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) students are divided into different levels for their Dutch classes. Some students are studying Dutch Language Acquisition, while others take the Dutch Language and Literature course. Dutch teacher Marloes Resink, together with her students, would like to inform you about three of the Dutch MYP classes she teaches.
By Marloes Resink and her MYP students (grade 6-10)
Dutch Language Acquisition 1
In Dutch Language Acquisition 1 grade 9/10 the students have started with a unit about Leisure and Hobbies. Some students of this class would like to explain what they are doing and how they feel about the Dutch lessons:
I really enjoy when we practice speaking Dutch and pronunciations or when we do practical simulations and things like that. It really helps me connect what I am learning in school to my personal life. Just a few weeks ago, for kings Day, we practiced what it would be like to bargain with someone in the flea market, and then I was able to use that on Kings Day. I learned a lot of new vocabulary, how to pronounce words, and how to correctly put sentences together on a whim. These are my favourite things to do because they are a lot of fun and yet, I still learn about things I can use as soon as I leave school.
– Alizabeth (grade 9)
We study and practice new vocabulary, we read conversation and practice talking with someone else, applying our knowledge to real life situations. We work on translating and share our ideas.
– Demetra (grade 9)
What I like the most is learning and translating new vocabulary to English as some of the differences are entertaining.
– Egan (grade 10)
I think it is very educational. It helps me gain confidence to actually try speaking a little bit of Dutch every day in The Netherlands.
– Lara (grade 10)
At the moment we are learning about the typical conversations you’d have with people, like waiters, cashiers or your friends, at a store or restaurant. This will hopefully teach us how to speak to these people in Dutch in real life. Over time, this may give us the confidence to talk to strangers in Dutch. We orally quite a bit which really boosts our practical understanding of the language
– Rachel (grade 10)
Most of the time I like Dutch lessons because we do a variety of activities, and not the same thing every day. I like working in groups and doing speaking exercises. I think it’s good that we do exercises that are practical for the real world, like bargaining at a Koningsdag vrijmarkt, but I also think we need to study more focused vocabulary and grammar to build a better base understanding of the language.
– Sienna (grade 10)
Dutch Language Acquisition 3
The students in Dutch Language Acquisition 3, which is a combination of students from grades 7, 8, 9 and 10, are working on reading comprehension by reading lots of books. We have read one book together and the students are currently reading two books of their own choice. This is what the students have to say about their Dutch lessons:
I like it when we do comprehension and read books, like we do in our current unit.
-Beata (grade 7)
In Dutch we are reading books in Dutch, which we will have to write a summary about. We also have to do other projects like making a newspaper.
-Daan (grade 9)
We do lots of activities, and sometimes big projects. At the moment we are doing an open task, where we have a deadline and a list of the things that need doing, so we have to organise our time. Our project is about reading, and we got to choose 2 of the 3 books we are reading. We also have to do some tasks like summaries and choice assignments, such as writing the last chapter of the book!
-Sophie (grade 7)
The freedom we get in organising our own time is probably one of the things I like the most in Dutch class. Another thing that I like is that we don’t always work in groups, but we also get to work alone sometimes.
-Leonardo (grade 9)
I enjoy being able to do things on our computers, and how much our teacher trusts us. It is also fun to do creative assignments, like creating our own newspaper.
-Olivia (grade 7)
We normally have big projects, exploring specific areas of the language and its use. Those are mostly directed at self-study and include investigating (reading, watching or listening) and producing (writing, making or speaking).
-Sophia (grade 9)
I like it when we watch movies that are in Dutch and then discuss them, but speaking in Dutch.
-Tanisha (grade 8)
Dutch Language and Literature 6/7
The last unit of this school year for Dutch Language and Literature grade 6 and 7 is about poetry. The students have just started with this topic last week. This is what they would like to share with you about their lessons:
In the Dutch lessons we do different types of work. We do poetry, spelling and grammar and lots more.I find the Dutch lessons quite hard because I never learned how to read and write in Dutch, but I think I’ve improved a bit in my Dutch. What I like most about Dutch is that I can improve my Dutch and I can also start speaking more Dutch.
-Noah (grade 7)
We do different activities depending on our unit. Sometimes we do projects and work on our grammar and spelling. We like Dutch lessons because they are educational and fun and I learn a lot from them. Sometimes they can be fun but other times they are quite boring. We like it when we do creative projects because then we get to work together and then you have more ideas.
-Emma and Megan (grade 7)
Right now we are working on a unit about poetry. Ms. Resink divided us into groups for work without explanation, work with a little explanation and work with a lot of explanation. And on Fridays we always do a Kahoot about the news. I think that Ms. Resink teaches us well and I learn a lot.
-Ries (grade 6)
We are currently starting a new unit called Poëzie, which means poetry in Dutch. We all don’t really like poetry too much. In the past we had a big project called Het Leesdossier. This was about our experience with reading. We had to record, list and do activities of all of the books we read in the time we had. The activities we do in class are independent work, reading and presentations. We have been revising grammar for the year. We aren’t fans of the Dutch lessons, but we know that we learn from them and that it is good for us to revise our Dutch.
-Mikaela, Suze and Tara (grade 7)
We like the news quiz that we do every Friday the most, this is our favourite part of Dutch, because we use the program KAHOOT! for it. This is probably the best news program we know. We also like that we learn information about spelling that we wouldn’t learn in another international school.
-Job and Lukas (grade 6)
In the Dutch lessons we have a lot of different variations. What we like the most about the Dutch lessons is when we can work together and do physical things like art and crafts and making videos.
-Isra, Kayla and Maike (grade 6)