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Summer school: Dutch Language & Culture: A0-A1

Admission & participation info

The Netherlands is more than its canals, its bikes and the beautiful grey skies. Are you curious about The Netherlands, its language, culture and way of life? This course will offer you a taste of the country, language, education, culture and history and help you get a full picture of how your student life may look like if you decide to study in The Netherlands.

This course is an introduction to Dutch language and Dutch culture. In the first 7-days, the participants will be provided with a basic knowledge of Dutch (CEF-level of A1) and last 3 days the participants will learn more about Dutch culture and society. The course covers reading, listening, writing and speaking and the participant will work on a group and individual assignment. The aim of this course is to provide participants with a basic knowledge of Dutch language and with information on Dutch culture and society which can help them to integrate to the Dutch society.

Learning outcomes

After following this course, you:

  • can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type.
  • can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows, and things he/she has.
  • can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.
  • get familiar with the Dutch culture, lifestyle and history
CuriousU 2021 
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This CuriousU summer course will take place fully online on 02-15 August, 2021. Have a look at our admission requirements or our online package. If you have questions about your admission you can try our admission check. Undecided? Sign-up for our newsletter.

Course leader

C. Schouten - Schlief (Céline)
Coordinator Dutch

Course details

  • Date: 2 - 15 August, 2021
  • Format: Fully online
  • Methods: various interactive lectures, group and individual assignments
  • Target group: Students in their third Bachelor’s year with an interest in Dutch language and culture 
  • Credits: No credits but a certificate is given for successfully completing the summer school

Course schedule

NOTE: The CuriousU schedule is based on the CEST timezone. Next to the summer school course, you can enjoy our social programme built around the courses.

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Day
Self-study
Time:12:00 - 13:00
Day:Tue. 03-08

Do some homework or ask questions if you have them!

Self-study
Time:12:00 - 13:00
Day:Mon. 09-08

Do some homework or ask questions if you have them!

Opening CuriousU
Time:09:00 - 10:30
Day:Mon. 02-08

Today CuriousU officially starts, welcome!

Free day
Time:09:00 - 20:00
Day:Sun. 08-08

Enjoy your weekend and see you Monday!

Class: "Familie"
Time:09:00 - 10:30
Day:Tue. 03-08

Today we will review what you learnt during the previous lesson before moving on to talking about family and describing people’s appearances and personalities. Towards the end of the lesson we will learn about the Dutch royal family.

Class: "Wat zijn je hobby's?"
Time:11:30 - 14:00
Day:Mon. 02-08

During the first lesson you will learn how to introduce yourself and give basic personal information. You will use this knowledge in various exercises and games to get to know your coursemates and the teacher. In the last part of the lesson, you will get a chance to share and discuss with your coursemates what you already know about the Netherlands, and what you would like to learn more about.

Class: "Wie is dat?"
Time:10:30 - 12:00
Day:Tue. 03-08

Today we will review what you learnt during the previous lesson before moving on to talking about family and describing people’s appearances and personalities. Towards the end of the lesson we will learn about the Dutch royal family.

Self-study
Time:12:00 - 13:00
Day:Wed. 04-08

Do some homework or ask questions if you have them!

Class: "Wat doe je?"
Time:10:30 - 12:00
Day:Wed. 04-08

During this lesson you will learn to talk about your daily activities, to talk about the time and... to make an appointment to meet a friend?! After the first part of the lesson, Jelmer will join us so that you can ask and talk about student life in the Netherlands and in your own country. You will also learn more about the Dutch education system.

Self-study
Time:12:00 - 13:00
Day:Thu. 05-08

Do some homework or ask questions if you have them!

Self-study
Time:12:00 - 13:00
Day:Fri. 06-08

Do some homework or ask questions if you have them!

Class: "Bitterballen & stroopwafels"
Time:10:30 - 12:00
Day:Thu. 05-08

You will learn to talk about food and ask for prices. You will also learn more about the Dutch cuisine. Towards the end of the lesson we will learn more about the Netherlands’ Golden Age.

Class: "Waar woon je?"
Time:10:30 - 12:00
Day:Fri. 06-08

During this lesson you will learn phrases to talk about public transport and to book a hotel. Do you prefer to stay home? You will learn to talk about your house as well. We will also take an online video tour of one of the Netherlands’ most popular touristic attractions: the Rijksmuseum.

Class: "Mag ik een biertje?"
Time:10:30 - 12:00
Day:Mon. 09-08

Today you will learn how to talk about things you did in the recent past, for example on holidays or even last weekend. You will also continue learning to talk about food. At the end of the lesson, you will learn more about the Delta Works and the Dutch struggle with the sea.

Project work: Dutch culture
Time:09:00 - 13:00
Day:Thu. 12-08

Today you will start working on a small project together with a coursemate. You will work together to find out more about a topic from the Netherlands or Dutch culture, for instance the educational system, the Delta Works, Dutch food, a Dutch city or maybe even your own country’s community in the Netherlands! Jelmer will be guiding and assisting you.

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Free day
Time:09:00 - 20:00
Day:Sat. 07-08

Enjoy your weekend and see you Monday!

Goodbye!
Time:09:00 - 20:00
Day:Sat. 14-08
Class: Hebt u hem een maat groter?
Time:10:00 - 13:00
Day:Tue. 10-08

During this class, you will learn to talk about clothes and colours. We will continue talking about water in the Netherlands, focusing on the typical Dutch windmills and polders.

Project work: Dutch culture
Time:09:00 - 13:00
Day:Fri. 13-08

Today you will put the finishing touches to your project, before giving a short 5-10 minute presentation: you will both introduce yourselves in Dutch and then present your project in English. After each presentation, there is time for questions and feedback.

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Test: How is your Dutch?
Time:09:00 - 10:00
Day:Tue. 10-08

Let's put theory into practice and find out your Dutch language skills!

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Class: "Wat heb je gisteren gedaan?"
Time:09:00 - 10:30
Day:Mon. 09-08

Today you will learn how to talk about things you did in the recent past, for example on holidays or even last weekend. You will also continue learning to talk about food. At the end of the lesson, you will learn more about the Delta Works and the Dutch struggle with the sea.

Class: "Wat kost dat?"
Time:09:00 - 10:30
Day:Thu. 05-08

You will learn to talk about food and ask for prices. You will also learn more about the Dutch cuisine. Towards the end of the lesson we will learn more about the Netherlands’ Golden Age.

Class: "Afspraakje maken"
Time:09:00 - 10:30
Day:Wed. 04-08

During this lesson you will learn to talk about your daily activities, to talk about the time and... to make an appointment to meet a friend?! After the first part of the lesson, Jelmer will join us so that you can ask and talk about student life in the Netherlands and in your own country. You will also learn more about the Dutch education system.

Project work: Dutch culture
Time:09:00 - 13:00
Day:Wed. 11-08

Today you will start working on a small project together with a coursemate. You will work together to find out more about a topic from the Netherlands or Dutch culture, for instance the educational system, the Delta Works, Dutch food, a Dutch city or maybe even your own country’s community in the Netherlands! Jelmer will be guiding and assisting you.

More information
Class: "Van welk spoor vertrekt de trein?"
Time:09:00 - 10:30
Day:Fri. 06-08

During this lesson you will learn phrases to talk about public transport and to book a hotel. Do you prefer to stay home? You will learn to talk about your house as well. We will also take an online video tour of one of the Netherlands’ most popular touristic attractions: the Rijksmuseum.

Class: "Hoe heet je?"
Time:10:30 - 11:30
Day:Mon. 02-08

During the first lesson you will learn how to introduce yourself and give basic personal information. You will use this knowledge in various exercises and games to get to know your coursemates and the teacher. In the last part of the lesson, you will get a chance to share and discuss with your coursemates what you already know about the Netherlands, and what you would like to learn more about.

Online Farewell Ceremony
Time:13:30 - 15:30
Day:Fri. 13-08

This is it! This evening we close off CuriousU 2021 summer school, you receive your certificate and say good bye to your new international friends.

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