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Thu 04 Feb 2021 - Thu 01 Apr 2021

18:00 - 20:00

9 Sessions

Online

Melde Van Ingelgom
15 spots remaining.

After you have taken your first steps into exploring the Dutch language, continue your linguistic adventure here!

Course outline

This course builds on Beginning Dutch 1 and aims to improve your basic Dutch language skills by integrating speaking, writing, listening and reading skills through a communicative and interactive teaching approach. Grammar patterns and new vocabulary are offered in the context of conversations or real-life situations – giving you ample opportunity to apply what you learn straight away! Along the way, you will also learn more about the culture and customs of Dutch-speaking countries.

Topics covered in this course:

  • Week 1. We will brush up on topics and grammar covered in Beginning Dutch 1. In the process, we will get to know each other a bit better!
  • Weeks 2-3. We will chat about work and free time - including hobbies, routines and activities. We will also discuss likes and dislikes. The grammar focuses are separable verbs (e.g. ‘opstaan’, ‘afwassen’), and past tenses (“Hij heeft gebeld.” vs. “Hij belde om 17 uur.”).
  • Weeks 4-5. We will learn how to make plans with friends and how to organise a party. You will be introduced to cultural customs around celebrations, including birthdays, ‘Koningsdag’, and ‘Sinterklaas’. This is also a time for you to get creative and write your own Sinterklaas-poem (a popular cultural custom in the Netherlands). The grammar focuses are making suggestions (‘We kunnen ook …”, “Misschien …”), giving reasons and making excuses (‘want’ and ‘omdat’) and talking about the future using the verb ‘zullen’. 
  • Weeks 6bWe will talk about shopping for clothing and other items. We will discuss the features and qualities of products. The grammar focus is on demonstrative pronouns (‘hij-hem’, ‘het-het’, vs. ‘ze-ze’); possessive pronouns (‘mijn’, ‘zijn’, etc.); and comparatives and superlatives (e.g. ‘mooier dan’, ‘het beste’).
  • Weeks 7-8. Housing and living will be the main topic. Learn how to describe a place and the things in it. The grammar focuses are on that trickly little word ‘er’, demonstrative pronouns (‘die’, ‘dit’, etc.) and prepositions of place (‘op’, ‘onder’, ‘in’, ‘naast’, etc.).
  • Week 9. We will revise everything we have learnt and address any queries you may have. We can also touch upon topics suggested by students in previous weeks.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, you should be able to:

  • engage in simple conversations about the above topics
  • express your opinion on these topics
  • write descriptive short texts about these topics
  • You will also have developed your Dutch language skills further and have gained a deeper understanding (and hopefully appreciation) of culture and customs.

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.

No dates are currently scheduled.

Start your linguistic adventure into the Dutch language here. Thanks to the similarities with English, both in terms of vocabulary and grammar, you will have a leg up and make fast strides in achieving your Dutch language goals.

Course outline

This course will help you develop basic Dutch language skills - integrating speaking, writing, listening and reading skills through a communicative and interactive teaching approach. Grammar patterns and new vocabulary are offered in the context of conversations or real-life situations – giving you ample opportunity to apply what you learn straight away! Along the way, you will also learn more about the culture and customs of Dutch-speaking countries.

Topics covered in this course:

  • Weeks 1–3. We will start off by getting acquainted with the language and each other. You will learn how to introduce yourself and how to ask and answer questions. This includes talking about your family, your hobbies, and the languages you speak. You will also learn to describe someone’s appearance and personality. The grammar focuses are the present tense, the verbs ‘hebben’ and ‘zijn’, and personal pronouns (ik, jij, hij vs. mij, jou, hem). 
  • Weeks 4. This week, we will learn to talk about the weather and the seasons. You will learn the days of the week and the months of the year, and how to talk about recurring events. The grammar focuses are articles (‘de’ vs. ‘het’) and plurals.
  • Weeks 5–6. The focus will be on buying food and groceries. You will learn to ask for things in shops/markets, indicate what you want, how much you want and how you can pay. The grammar focus is variations to the basic sentence and question structures. You will also learn to use ‘geen’ and ‘niet’ correctly.
  • Weeks 7–8. The focus will be on travel, including asking for directions, reserving/buying tickets, using public transport and checking into a hotels. The accompanying grammar topic is modal verbs to express obligation (‘moeten’), permission (‘mogen’), wish (‘willen’) and possibility (‘kunnen’).
  • Week 9. We will revise everything we have learnt and address any queries you may have. We can also touch upon topics suggested by students in previous weeks.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, you should be able to:

  • engage in simple conversations about the above topics
  • express your opinion on these topics 
  • write descriptive short texts about these topics 
  • You will also have developed a basic understanding (and hopefully appreciation) of culture and customs.

Who should enrol

This course is designed for people who have no prior knowledge or 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

All course materials will be provided through CCE's online environment.

What our students say

"Fantastic! Excellent and enthusiastic teacher who encouraged everyone to participate and improve"

No dates are currently scheduled.

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.

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.