In this course, participants will extend their basic knowledge of Dutch, leading them to CEF-level A2.
The course consists of two lessons per week: a preparation lesson and a practice lesson. In the preparation lesson, you use the course’s online learning platform to listen to dialogues, practise and learn grammar, do exercises and learn the vocabulary, together with your classmates and under the guidance of a student-assistant.
In the practice lesson, you will actively work with the teacher and your classmates and practise all the topics you have prepared in the preparation lesson. This way, at the end of the course, you will be able to function in Dutch at CEF-level A2, which means that you can:
- understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment),
- communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters,
- describe in simple terms aspects of your background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.
You will be evaluated based on a portfolio, which you have to complete by the end of the course. The portfolio consists of listening and reading tests, writing assignments, a practical speaking exercise outside of class and a spoken exam in the final lesson. If the result is satisfactory, you will be able to enrol in the A2/B1 course.
Duration and time investment
Attendance at every lesson is essential. The course consists of 20 lessons of two hours each, with two sessions every week: one preparation lesson and one practice lesson. Homework is expected to take approximately two hours per week, in addition to the preparation lesson.
Admission is granted based on certificates obtained from earlier language courses, in this case, Dutch A1, or an intake exam, which you can register for here.