What is the course about?
This course will help you develop your communication skills in Dutch in a wide range of situations. You will
learn the vocabulary and idioms you need to cope with more complex situations and discussions. You will re-
inforce and expand your knowledge of grammar through conversational exercises.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
The topics include: getting to know new people and small talk, having guests at home, the use of u and jij, everyday situations, The Hague and other Dutch and Flemish cities, invitations, the Dutch gezelligheid.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- listen to conversations and understand where people are talking about
- give and respond to compliments, show surprise and agree with someone
- use informal spoken Dutch
- talk about leisure activities, day trips and holidays
- describe places of interest
- respond to an invitation
- leave a message on an answering machine
- write a small article about a city or town you have lived in
- discuss and consult with someone: ask for their preferences, make a proposal, and accept or reject a proposal.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is aimed at people who have successfully completed a Dutch course of about two years. People may also have acquired conversational skills in the language by living in the Netherlands or Flanders for a longer time.
For further details of the specific foreign language skills required for this level, please see the languages self-assessment chart, using the link at the top of this page. You can also find the chart at the start of the languages section in our course guide. You will also need to be able to respond to simple instructions and read course documents in English and be at ease with the use of number for daily activities (e.g. using money, telling the time, etc).
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course is based on the communicative approach:
- active students’ interaction
- emphasis on speaking and listening skills
- pair and group work
- role plays
- use of realia, pictures and authentic material
- use of audio-visual techniques when appropriate
Please note, students are expected to participate in oral classroom activities and to do some homework as and when required.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Materials provided by the tutor, but you might want to purchase a book for home study. Please ask the tutor.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Dutch 3 module 3. Please enrol as early as possible to avoid disappointment.