Everyday Dutch course on Saturday

BOWlogoWould you like to learn Dutch to help you with your day-today activities? Why not join our Saturday course Everyday Dutch? Within four months, you will learn to understand and use the basics of the Dutch language (A2): all the handy words and turns of phrase you need to live your everyday life in the Netherlands. In this comprehensive two-module course, you will be required to do a lot of self-study, supported by eight Saturday morning classes per module.

Course levels (CEFR)Each level starts four times a yearLevel 1.1: Beginner (0 > A1)
Level 1.2: Elementary (A1 > A2)
Course datesPeriod 1: 14 September 2019 - 2 November 2019
Period 2: 23 November 2019 - 1 February 2020
Period 3: 22 February 2020 - 18 April 2020
Period 4: 9 May 2020 - 4 July 2020
Group sizeMinimum: 15, maximum: 20
Course length8 weeks per level
Time tableSaturday morning (9.30 - 12.30 hrs)
AssignmentsApproximately 7 hours per week    
Price per level Standard € 415
VU employees € 310
VU students € 115
Students from other Dutch universities: € 205
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Application is closed two weeks before the course starts or when the course is full.
Course members are grouped according to their level of Dutch. In the classes at VU University Amsterdam, we will use a brand new digital language lab to improve your pronunciation. You will receive explanations and instructions in Dutch and will practice your listening and speaking skills.

Outside the classes, you will train your listening, reading and writing skills; you’ll learn vocabulary and grammar. You will use an e-learning method. During your course, you will be supervised personally by your teacher.

In Everyday Dutch 1.1, you will learn to speak and understand the Dutch language and culture at a basic level (CEFR level A1). After level 1.1, you can continue in level 1.2.

In Everyday Dutch 1.2 you will learn to understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to e.g. personal and family information, local geography, employment and shopping. Also you will be able to describe and exchange simple and direct information on familiar, routine matters (CEFR level A2).

After level 1.2, you can continue in the evening course level 2.1 or daytime course level 2.

During this course, you will become familiar with the Dutch language, but also with the culture, society and politics of the Netherlands. And you will become acquainted with Dutch traditions such as Sinterklaas!
Everyone who has finished a secondary education (comparable to the Dutch havo/vwo) is welcome. If you do not speak Dutch yet, some knowledge of the English language is necessary. Sufficient computer skills are necessary. This means you have to be able to do your online homework independently. An intake (verbal and/or written) can be part of the selection procedure.

Please check Application. You can call us if you have questions: 020-5986398 (Monday-Friday, 13.00-17.00 hours.)

Read the general terms and conditions of our courses.