Upper-Intermediate Dutch (B2) blended
Level: Intermediate (B1/B2)
Can you speak Dutch but do you lack the skills to easily hold a conversation on unfamiliar topics? Then our Advanced Dutch course is perfect for you. On this course, you can bring your Dutch listening, reading, writing and speaking skills to a high level.
COVID-19: As long as the measures against the coronavirus are still in place, we will continue to host our classes in virtual classrooms. For the courses that start in the week of 20 April, we offer a free flexible booking policy.
Starting from 9 September 2020
About the course Upper-Intermediate Dutch B2 (blended)
The course will prepare you for the State Exam in Dutch as a Second Language (Staatsexamen NT2), and therefore focuses on the skills and learning goals relevant to the state exam, such as taking a Dutch-language training course or working for a Dutch company. There is extensive practice of the four skills of listening, reading, writing and speaking, and attention will be paid to revising and expanding students’ knowledge of grammar and vocabulary. Topics covered on the course include: nature and the countryside, the environment, safety and health, the economy and work, and science.
By the end of the course, students will:
- Understand texts that concern abstract subject, such as the economy and science;
- Be able to speak more fluently and without preparation to Dutch native speakers;
- Have acquired sufficient skill in writing to be able to write in detail about a current topic.
During the lessons, the focus will mainly be on speaking and listening activities, with explanations from the teacher on grammar and vocabulary. Students work in groups, pairs or alone. The language of instruction is Dutch. The teachers are experienced personal-coaching professionals, meaning that we make sure students can achieve their full potential.
The Dutch B2 blended course has the same content as the regular B2 course, but the number of lessons is reduced by half: there are 17 lessons instead of 34, each lasting one hour and 45 minutes. The total length of the course is the same, meaning that students have one lesson per week instead of two. Alongside the lessons, students can access additional material from the online learning platform attached to the course. This course is thus a good alternative to the standard B2 course for those with a busy work schedule or those in full-time education.
Since the number of lessons is smaller than on the standard course, more investment of time is needed in self-study or homework (6-8 hours per week). The self-study tasks (reading, writing, grammar and vocabulary) are described clearly on the online learning platform, which also contains the course plan and other materials.
- The course material consists of the book De finale, which has been specially developed to prepare those with a higher educational level for Programme 2 of the State Exam in Dutch as a Second Language. The book contains practical tasks and exercises that also appear in the exam, as well as a language guide with practical tips and a grammar manual. In addition, more material can be found on the online learning platform, including a range of tasks which can be submitted online.
- The language of instruction on the course is Dutch. Students who attend a minimum of 80% of the lessons and who complete the homework tasks will receive a certificate. There is no final exam.
- This is course is suitable for individuals who have either:
- A certificate in Intermediate Dutch (B1);
- A Commone European Framework of Reference (CEFR) score of at least B1 in the areas of language structure, writing and self-assessment; or
- A recommendation to study at level B2 after completion of our online placement test.
- 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.
- Starting date: 9 September 2020
Day Date Start End Wednesday 9 September 2020 18:00 19:45 Wednesday 16 September 2020 18:00 19:45 Wednesday 23 September 2020 18:00 19:45 Wednesday 30 September 2020 18:00 19:45 Wednesday 7 October 2020 18:00 19:45 Wednesday 14 October 2020 18:00 19:45 Wednesday 21 October 2020 18:00 19:45 Wednesday 28 October 2020 18:00 19:45 Wednesday 4 November 2020 18:00 19:45 Wednesday 18 November 2020 18:00 19:45 Wednesday 25 November 2020 18:00 19:45 Wednesday 2 December 2020 18:00 19:45 Wednesday 9 December 2020 18:00 19:45 Wednesday 16 December 2020 18:00 19:45 Wednesday 6 January 2021 18:00 19:45 Wednesday 13 January 2021 18:00 19:45 Wednesday 20 January 2021 18:00 19:45