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Course details 2012-2013  
Language and learning
Course Code :6300OIWTEL
Study domain:Instructional and educational
Semester:Semester: 1st semester
Contact hours:18
Study load (hours):84
Contract restrictions: Exam contract not possible
Language of instruction :Dutch
Exam period:exam in the 1st semester
Lecturer(s)Rita Rymenans
Jan T'Sas


1. Prerequisites

At the start of this course the student should have acquired the following competences:
An active knowlegde of :
  • Dutch
Specific prerequisites for this course:

The student must have:
- the final competences of an academic master;
- an outstanding domain-specific knowledge;
- an adequate language proficiency of Dutch.

This course is only open for students that have followed the course Introduction to didactics (6101OIWIDI).

A numerus clausus is fixed on 30 students.

2. Learning outcomes

The final competences of this course are in line with the basic competences of a secondary school teacher as stated by the Flemish Government ( Especially the required language competences, defined by the Nederlandse Taalunie( are studied in this course.
Following objectives will be pursued in particular:

  1. to have a profound knowledge of
    • the link between language delay and learning difficulties;
    • the objectives of the Flemish government regarding the language policy schools must develop;
    • language oriented instruction;
    • the required language competences for a teacher in secondary education;
  2. to plan and to teach a language oriented domainspecific lesson;
  3. to be able
    • to evaluate a given domainspecific lesson from a language oriented point of view;
    • to enriche an existing domainspecific lesson with language oriented learning activities; 
    • to select a domain-specific schoolbook from a language oriented point of view.


3. Course contents

1. Language oriented education

2. Oral questions and instructions

3. Written questions and instructions

4. Assessing the usability of text material, making texts more accessible for learning

5. Assessment and feedback

6. Explorative talk and language policy

4. Teaching method

Class contact teaching:
  • Practice sessions
  • Tutorials

  • Personal work:
  • Assignments:Individually
  • Assignments:In group

  • 5. Assessment method and criteria

    Continuous assessment:
  • Exercises
  • Assignments
  • Participation in classroom activities

  • Written assignment:
  • Without oral presentation

  • 6. Study material

    Required reading

    Rymenans, R. & T'Sas, J.: Vademecum Taal en leren 2012-2013. 

    Paus, H., Rymenans, R. & Van Gorp, K. (2003). Dertien doelen in een dozijn. Een referentiekader voor taalcompetenties van leraren in Nederland en Vlaanderen. Den Haag: Nederlandse Taalunie. Can be downloaded from

    Other study materials are handed out during the tutorials.

    Optional reading

    The following study material can be studied on a voluntary basis:

    Hajer, M. & Meestringa, T. (1995). Schooltaal als struikelblok. Bussum: Coutinho.

    Hajer, M. & Meestringa, T. (2009). Handboek Taalgericht Vakonderwijs. Bussum: Coutinho (2de herziene druk).

    Berends, R. (2007). De leraar taalvaardig. 13 praktische taaldoelen voor studenten aan de pabo. Assen: Koninklijke Van Gorcum.


    7. Contact information

    (+)last update: 15/05/2012 14:50 rita.rymenans