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English Language and Culture

​We live in a globalized community where the borders between countries no longer exist when it comes to the economy, communication and tourism. Many professional contexts are therefore no longer limited to The Netherlands and effective communication in an international language has become essential. English is world language number one and a good command of this language will enhance your professional chances. During this minor you work on improving your English language skills for two periods.
In period one students start off with a course on language skills, which is aimed at improving fluency, acquiring the basic principles of formal writing and learning to analyze your own proficiency in speaking and writing. Alongside the language skills course students also take a grammar and basics course which is aimed at supporting the students in becoming better speakers and writers by teaching them spelling, grammar and pronunciation. During period one students also get to know American culture by learning about American history, politics and people. 
In period two students continue training their language skills at a more advanced level. The speaking and writing classes in period two focus more on formal use of language. After learning about American culture, students now focus on contemporary British culture. This course gives students the opportunity to visit Britain for a week (this will not be financed by the Hogeschool Utrecht). For the last 5 EC students can choose a course that best suits their ambitions and development. We offer Business English, Cambridge Exam Training and Literature (NOTE: there are limited places available per elective module). 

Your level of English is the starting point for the minor. Before you start taking classes you are assessed and together with your teachers you decide what you want and have to work on in order to achieve the language level you are aiming for. Your teachers are native speakers or have spent an extended period of time in an English speaking country.

See for more information English Language and Culture Course Guide


​The student can read, understand, write and speak English at CEF level B2 or higher.

The student has an understanding of British and American culture and can express their opinions about them cohesively in English.

Aanvullende informatie

Learning Agreements received by us
       - before July 1 2018, for minors starting in September 2018,
       - before December 1 2018, for minors starting in February 2019, 
can be considered.

Learning agreements are handled in order of entry

As a condition for enrolment the propaedeutic phase has to be passed. This is due to main phase intake.


All classes are taught in English and you need to have at least HAVO level of English (CEF/ERK level B1).


Taalvaardigheid 1: Speaking and Writing - prepared and unprepared semi-formal speaking and writing assignments
Cultuur 1: American Culture - logbook and exam about a range of historical and cultural topics
Grammar and Basics - exam on a range of grammar rules Taalvaardigheid 2: Advanced Speaking and Writing - formal presentations (speech and debate) and a formal exam essay
Cultuur 2: British Culture (OA-MINTCENG5-16) - blogs covering various cultural topics and a research project
Elective Course - Business English (OA-MINTCENG6A-17) - dossier and presentation
Elective Course - Cambridge Exam Training (OA-MINTCENG6B-17) - listening, speaking & reading and writing exam
Elective Course - Short Stories (OA-MINTCENG6C-17) - short story analysis and exam


O’Driscoll, James (2009). Britain: for Learners of English ISBN 9780194306478

Murphy, Raymond (2012).  English Grammar in Use Fourth Edition (with answers and CD-Rom) ISBN 9780521189392


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