Learn the official language of the Netherlands through basic conversation, reading and writing.

Tue 16 Oct 2018 - Tue 11 Dec 2018

18:00 - 20:00

9 Sessions
13 spots remaining.

Tue 05 Feb 2019 - Tue 02 Apr 2019

18:00 - 20:00

9 Sessions
16 spots remaining.

Tue 30 Apr 2019 - Tue 25 Jun 2019

18:00 - 20:00

9 Sessions
16 spots remaining.

This course teaches Basic Dutch conversation and includes learning to read and write Dutch, with the main focus on speaking and understanding Dutch in everyday situations. In the process, learn more about Dutch history, culture and customs.

Course outline

The course teaches Basic Dutch conversation and includes learning to read and write Dutch, with the main focus on speaking and understanding Dutch in everyday situations. In the process, learn more about Dutch history, culture and customs. Learn Dutch with only a minimal amount of grammar. Frequently used Dutch vocabulary, expressions and basic grammatical patterns will be gradually introduced during the course. Dutch is learned and studied worldwide by many people and, contrary to what many Dutch people would have you believe, it is a relatively easy language to learn, particularly for speakers of English, because of the many similarities in vocabulary and the regularities of the language.

The course is based on Chapter 1 to 5 of the book Complete Dutch, although the pace of the course and the exact number of units covered will vary according to the group. The textbook will be supplemented by audio and video material as well as by other print sources.

  • Introduction: how to introduce yourself and others, how to meet and greet, ask and answer questions, e.g. say where you are from, ask people's name, talk about your family, what languages you speak and what nationality you are, and talk about the weather.
  • Shopping: how to buy food and groceries, how to ask for things in shops/markets, how to say what you want, how much you want and how to pay.
  • Travel & Accommodation: ask for directions, how to reserve/buy tickets, how to check into a hotel.
  • Expression: describe

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, you should have acquired enough language to engage in simple conversations in various situations, including to express your opinion on a variety of topics. You should also be able to write simple texts and to read a whole range of straightforward texts in Dutch.

Who should enrol

This course is designed for adults who have no prior knowledge or just a minimal knowledge of the Dutch language and who wish to obtain basic Dutch language skills for the purposes of travel, communication, enjoyment re-tracing roots, or further study.

Course Materials

The following book is recommended but is optional: Complete Dutch, Beginner to Intermediate Course: Learn to read, write, speak and understand a new language by Gerdi Quist and Dennis Strik. ISBN10 1444102389 or ISBN13 9781444102383. You can buy the book online at https://www.amazon.com OR http://www.bookdepository.com

Tue 16 Oct 2018 - Tue 11 Dec 2018

18:00 - 20:00

9 Sessions
16 spots remaining.

Tue 30 Apr 2019 - Tue 25 Jun 2019

18:00 - 20:00

9 Sessions
16 spots remaining.

Course outline

This course builds on Beginning Dutch 1 and aims to help you in communicating in real life situations and conversations; not just to give you phrases for shopping and ordering food, but to give you the basics for creating your own messages and meanings. To do this, this course introduces you to more grammatical patterns, vocabulary, and expressions which are frequently used.

To communicate naturally with native speakers it is also very important that you understand what things are (usually) said or cannot be said in certain situations. To this end, you will learn some information about this,
particularly about the level of (in)formality of certain ways of saying things.

This course takes you further than Beginning Dutch 1, by introducing more vocabulary and expressions, and more peculiarities in spoken language. It also introduces you to more basic grammar patterns, such as when talking about events in the past. The course is based on Chapter 6-10 of the book Complete Dutch but the pace of the course and the exact number of units covered will vary according to the group. The textbook will be supplemented by audio and video material as well as by other print sources.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, you should have acquired enough language to engage in basic conversations in various situations, including to express your opinion on a variety of topics. You should also be able to read and write basic texts in Dutch.

Who should enrol

This course is designed for adults who have previously attended Beginning Dutch 1, or for students with a basic knowledge of the Dutch language.

Course materials

The following book is recommended but is optional: Complete Dutch, Beginner to Intermediate Course: Learn to read, write, speak and understand a new language by Gerdi Quist and Dennis Strik. ISBN10 1444102389 or ISBN13 9781444102383. You can buy the book online at https://www.amazon.com OR http://www.bookdepository.com

Tue 05 Feb 2019 - Tue 02 Apr 2019

18:00 - 20:00

9 Sessions
15 spots remaining.

Students who have completed Beginning Dutch or the equivalent (approx 40 hours of study), or students who are already familiar with Dutch. The course aims to further develop conversational skills for everyday situations through speaking and listening activities.

Course outline

This course will help increase confidence in speaking and conversation, with a special focus on pronunciation,  listening skills, sentence structure, and ways of saying things that are typically Dutch. Content will be offered such as dialogues in authentic situations, and content such as poems, cartoons, songs, short videos, and specially adapted readers can be used as a starting point for conversation. Students will be encouraged to participate in language games, role play, listening and speaking exercises. Special exercises will also be used to help with responding to questions. To fully benefit from the course, students should also do work at home and prepare for the next class. For further details, also see the page at https://www.facebook.com/LanguageClassesByMarion

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, you should:

  • have developed basic conversational skills and strategies to better understand and speak Dutch in everyday situations.
  • have improved fluency, pronunciation and sentence structure
  • be more familiar with Dutch culture.
  • be able to engage in conversations in various situations, including expressing opinions on a variety of topics.

Who should enrol

Students who have completed Beginning Dutch or the equivalent (approx 40 hours of study), or students who are already familiar with Dutch.

Course materials

No textbook is required for this course.

No dates are currently scheduled.

This course is for students who have completed the Beginning Dutch 2 course, or for anyone who is already familiar with Dutch and has the equivalent (approx 40 hours of study). This course aims to further develop conversational skills for everyday situations through speaking and listening activities.

Course outline

The first part of the Beginning Dutch 3 course revises the material covered in Beginning Dutch 1 and 2 before continuing with the grammar and vocabulary in Chapters 11-16 of Complete Dutch, although the pace of the course and the exact number of units covered will vary according to the group. The textbook will be supplemented by audio and video material as well as by other print sources.

There is more emphasis on increasing confidence in speaking and conversing, as well as improving pronunciation and listening skills. Often dialogues in authentic situations, but also using poems, cartoons, songs and short video clips are used as a starting point for conversation. Special exercises will also be used to improve reacting to questions.

This course takes you further than Complete Dutch 1 & 2, by introducing more vocabulary, sentence structure and more basic grammar patterns, including talking about the past, while covering some ways of saying things that are typically Dutch.

Students are encouraged to revise and learn the material covered in class, and prepare for conversations to be acted out in class.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, you should have acquired enough language to engage in conversations in various situations, including to express your opinion on a variety of topics. You should also be able to write texts and to read a whole range of straightforward texts in Dutch.

Who should enrol

Students who have completed Beginning Dutch 2 or the equivalent (approximately 40 hours of study).

Course Materials

Complete Dutch, Beginner to Intermediate Course: Learn to read, write, speak and understand a new language by Gerdi Quist and Dennis Strik.