Elementary Dutch course (A0 → A1)

Level: Beginner (0/A2)

The Elementary Dutch course is your first step in learning the Dutch language. Our goal is that after this course you will feel more at home in the Netherlands and be able to manage in everyday situations. In this course you will work towards level A1.

525,-

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Starting from 25 June 2024

About this course

In the Elementary Dutch course (A1) you learn to understand the Dutch language and culture. We start with the basics, such as greetings and forms of address, and gradually build up to the level at which you can hold a conversation. You will learn the basic rules of Dutch grammar and about 1,000 words.

You will practise the following topics, among others:

  • getting to know someone.
  • shopping.
  • ordering something.
  • talking about situations in the past.

In this course, you will work towards language level A1. To start with this course you need to have knowledge of English and/or a modern foreign language.

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Learning goals

In this course, you will work towards language level A1.

After successfully completing this course you will be able to:

  • conduct an introductory conversation.
  • invite someone to an activity.
  • go shopping in Dutch.
  • order something in a café and restaurant.
  • understand simple, short texts about everyday situations.

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Method

  • Different competences will be discussed during the classes. Assignments will be made in class, in groups, pairs or individually. More information about the course programme, homework and suggestions for additional online exercises will be published on the electronic learning environment.
  • In this course we use the book ‘De opmaat‘. This book is developed by our teachers Maud and Wim for highly educated people who want to learn Dutch as a second language.
  • You can order all books required for the course on our special book page. Please ensure you bring your books to the first session.

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Time investment

  • This course consists of 17 sessions of 1 hour and 45 minutes at Babel in Utrecht or in the virtual classroom.
  • To make sure you learn as much as possible from the classes, you should expect to spend approximately 4 hours per week on study and the completion of materials and assignments, which will be discussed during the classes.

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Practical information

  • The teacher will speak Dutch as much as possible. You can ask questions in English or in Dutch.
  • You can order all books required for the course on our special book page. Please make sure you bring your books to the first session.
  • You will receive a certificate if you attend at least 80% of the classes.
  • If you work or study at Utrecht University you will receive a 15% discount. Please register with your UU email address. Your registration will then be processed automatically.

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Schedule

  • Starting date: 25 June 2024 (Virtual Classroom)
    Day Date Start End
    Tuesday 25 June 2024 18:00 19:45
    Tuesday 2 July 2024 18:00 19:45
    Tuesday 9 July 2024 18:00 19:45
    Tuesday 16 July 2024 18:00 19:45
    Tuesday 23 July 2024 18:00 19:45
    Tuesday 30 July 2024 18:00 19:45
    Tuesday 6 August 2024 18:00 19:45
    Tuesday 13 August 2024 18:00 19:45
    Tuesday 20 August 2024 18:00 19:45
    Tuesday 3 September 2024 18:00 19:45
    Tuesday 10 September 2024 18:00 19:45
    Tuesday 17 September 2024 18:00 19:45
    Tuesday 24 September 2024 18:00 19:45
    Tuesday 1 October 2024 18:00 19:45
    Tuesday 8 October 2024 18:00 19:45
    Tuesday 15 October 2024 18:00 19:45
    Tuesday 22 October 2024 18:00 19:45

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