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Guidelines for the production of Self-Study Packs

This checklist, stemming from the VirtualDucth project, is a planning tool for the creation of online multimedia study packs. It may be useful for similar projects.

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Batavian Myth

This self-study pack traces the way the Dutch, from the sixteenth century onwards, defined their collective identity with reference to their ancestors, the Batavians of Roman times.

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Nova Zembla: Dutch maritime expansion around 1600

This self-study pack covers the Dutch efforts to find a Northern sea passage to Asia at the end of sixteenth century. Three voyages were undertaken in the mid-1590s, with the final expedition of Willem Barentsz and Jacob van Heemskerck acquiring canonical status in Dutch historical conciousness. Their ship got stuck in the ice off Nova Zembla, but the crew survived the harsh Arctic winter and returned to Amsterdam the next spring.

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Dutch Revolt II: Act of Abjuration (Plakkaat van Verlatinghe) II

This self-study pack is designed to help you understand the Dutch Revolt in the sixteenth century, using a key historical document from the period. It is aimed at learners with an intermediate knowledge of Dutch. You can check out an original edition of the document, read some fragments of it, get help with historical references, analyse certain themes, and explore related pictorial material.

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Dutch Revolt I: Act of Abjuration (Plakkaat van Verlatinge) I

This self-study pack is designed to help you understand the Dutch Revolt in the sixteenth century, using a key historical document from the period. It is aimed at learners with only a minimal knowledge of Dutch. You can check out an original edition of the document, read four fragments of it, get help with historical references and concepts, analyse certain themes, and explore related pictorial material.

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Virtual Dutch Self-Study Packs

These study packs aim to introduce you to Dutch language, literature, history and society. They will also help you improve your reading skills in Dutch. You can listen to the text, study its vocabulary, sentence structures and cultural background. There is background information about the authors and their work. Once you feel you can read and understand the texts, you can move on to analysis of some of their literary aspects. When you have finished the study packs you should have a sense of the kind of writers they were and feel ready to read more of their work. There are sets of questions on the text. They start easy, and gradually become more difficult. You can answer them at any stage to see how far you get. The study packs provide answers and suggestions for finding relevant information. You can print out your first try so that you can compare it with your answers when you have completed the study packs. It is not necessary to study the different parts of the packs in any particular order – allow yourself to be guided by what you want to know. You can browse all packs according to subject, level and language or view them in a competence grid. Most packs exist in a Dutch and in an English version. You are also invited to provide us with feedback on your experience with the study packs. Enjoy!

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Try Dutch! : Dutch language taster

Interested in Dutch? Curious how Dutch sounds? Wondering how difficult or easy it is? Perhaps you are thinking of studying Dutch? Then here is your opportunity to have a go at the language yourself and experience what it is like to learn Dutch from scratch. You can work through the pack all by yourself. No previous knowledge of Dutch is required.

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Concrete Poetry: Mark Insingel

This VirtualDutch self-study pack helps you understand what concrete poetry is by giving you background information about this form of poetry as well as some examples written by Mark Insingel. The level of difficulty of the studypack is for beginners, so if you have only recently begun to learn Dutch it should not be too difficult for you. Word explanations are given with the poems.

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Amsterdam Represented: A Taster in Cultural Studies

The concept cultural studies is rather complex. To begin with the word 'culture' itself means different things to different people, such as great works of art and literature, or works of popular culture, such as pop songs and soap operas, or the way that particular groups of people live their everyday lives. Generally, when you talk about cultural studies as a subject at university it is not so much about another culture, but it has more to do with a particular way of looking at the world in which people live, and how and why people think, produce and do the things they think, produce and do. This self-study pack offers an introduction to cultural studies, using representations of Amsterdam as an illustration. The material assumes no knowledge of Dutch.

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Interactive timeline of Anglo-Dutch exchanges (50BC-1830)

This interactive multimedial timeline on Anglo-Dutch relations from antiquity to 1830, uses MIT’s Simile technology and is based on the manuscript 'The Stranger’s case : a timeline of Cross-Channel Interactions' by Jaap Harskamp, curator of the Dutch and Flemish collections at the British Library, in which he has compiled and annotated a comprehensive list of over 800 events relating to Anglo-Dutch relations throughout the centuries. It is part of the Open Learning Environment in early modern Low Countries history (http://www.ucl.ac.uk/dutch/OER).

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