In this course, participants will acquire a basic knowledge of Dutch, leading them to CEF-level A1. Participants receive a certificate after full attendance and if the course work and portfolio are evaluated positively.
The course consists of independent course work through the online learning platform Link+. Additionally, participants have to complete written assignments (individually) and spoken assignments (recorded with a fellow student or someone outside of the course context) every week. In weeks 1, 4, 7 and 10 of the course there are conversational sessions, where students work in a small group with the teacher to practice speaking and (in week 10) complete a spoken exam. Throughout the course, the teacher is available four times a week through the course's discussion boards. Lastly, students complete a portfolio to show they have achieved the right proficiency. The portfolio consists of listening and reading tests, writing assignments, a practical recorded 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 course.
At the end of the course, you will be able to function in Dutch at CEF-level A1, which means that you can:
- understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type,
- introduce yourself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where someone lives, people you know and things you have,
- interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.
The course runs for ten weeks. Every week, students do self-study (approximately 4 hours) and complete assignments (approximately 2 hours). Every three weeks, there is a conversational session with the teacher (45 minutes). Participants are required to complete all weekly assignments and to fully attend all conversational sessions in order to pass the course.
Admission is granted based on certificates obtained from earlier language courses, in this case, Introduction to Dutch.