Intensive Dutch Language Course 2020, now Corona proof. Do use the lockdown to get your diploma through distance learning!

The University of Amsterdam’s Institute for Dutch Language Education (INTT) and The Amsterdam Summer University (AMSU) present the 2020 season of the Intensive Dutch Language Course, from 3-21 August 2020.

Due to COVID-19, this 29th Intensive Dutch Language Course will be offered as a distance learning course, and can be studied from anywhere across the globe.

The teaching practice and didactic approach have been adapted to the extraordinary circumstances we are now living in; the course content and learning outcomes have not changed.

Practical information

Target group: Higher educated foreign language speakers
Class size: Approx. 18
Language of instruction: Absolute beginners’ level: Dutch and English. Other levels: Dutch
Workload per week: Four 4-hour classes and between 12-16 hours of self-study
Course duration: 3 weeks
Period: 3-21 August 2020

Course fee

The course fee is € 1175 and covers all study material used during the course (but not the textbooks mentioned below). Due to the great demand for this course only immediate payment will secure your participation in this course. Reservations are not possible.

Why this language course?

Some reasons why you should consider applying to this course.

  • Use this lockdown for learning and connecting
  • Applicants get a serious and exciting professional experience
  • A proven methodology is part of the success
  • This course only takes a few weeks
  • Working in small groups
  • Get to know professionals from all over the globe
  • After successful completion you receive a certificate from the University of Amsterdam

Online language level assessment

In the weeks preceding the course each participant’s level of command of the Dutch language will be assessed to make sure everyone is placed in the appropriate group.

Forms of instruction and learning

This three-week full-time course is taught using a combination of video calling, individual feedback and studying the offered course-material. This course is available on six different levels, from Absolute Beginner (CEFR 0) to Advanced (CEFR B2).

A distance learning lesson consists of two parts:

  • Synchronous learning: real-time contact with your fellow students and your teacher in online classes (approx. two hours per session).
  • Asynchronous learning: going through course materials independently and doing online tasks and exercises on Canvas, the UvA’s online learning environment.

Together these parts add up to a four-hour lesson. These lessons will take place as scheduled on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, from 09:00 – 13:00 (CET).

Certificate

After successful completion you receive a certificate from the University of Amsterdam

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Questions?

You can contact us at
✉️ Office@amsu.edu
📞 +31 (0)20-737 18 28

This is what former students have to say about our Dutch language course

From India: “Very experienced teachers, learning by doing really sticks in the brain.”

From Spain: “Very well organized, high quality of the teachers, very intensive.”

From Germany: “You are quickly getting a feel for the Dutch language.”

From Croatia: “I learned huge amounts of vocabulary in only three weeks, in a very friendly atmosphere and through a very well-organized program.”

Brief introduction of the levels offered

Level 1: Absolute Beginners: For students without any knowledge of Dutch whatsoever.

Level 2: Beginners: For students who do understand some Dutch but are (almost) incapable of making themselves understood in Dutch.

Level 3: Pre-intermediate: For students with a global understanding of simple everyday Dutch, capable of making themselves understood in simple everyday Dutch that is still full of mistakes.

Level 4: Intermediate: For students with a reasonable understanding of simple everyday Dutch and of Dutch used in the media, capable of making themselves understood in simple everyday Dutch with many mistakes.

Level 5: Pre-Advanced: For students with a good understanding of everyday Dutch and of Dutch used in the media. Capable of making themselves understood in everyday Dutch but with quite a few mistakes.

Level 6: Advanced: For those who have a thorough understanding of everyday Dutch and a good understanding of Dutch at an academic level. They can express themselves in spoken and written Dutch in most everyday and professional situations but still make systematic mistakes.

Those who have no problems understanding Dutch at an academic level are too advanced for these courses. This program is NOT meant for foreigners intending to do a regular 4 year-study at the University of Amsterdam.

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Description of the six levels of this course 

Absolute beginners

For those without any knowledge of Dutch whatsoever.

Contents/Objectives
The main objectives of the course are:
a) to help participants acquire a basic vocabulary of Dutch
b) to enable participants to globally understand simple spoken and written Dutch
c) to teach participants to make themselves understood in elementary spoken and written Dutch

Textbook
Heijne, N.C. e.a., CODE+ deel 1: 0-A1 / Basisleergang Nederlands voor anderstaligen, ThiemeMeulenhoff, Amersfoort 2018. ISBN 9789006978308 (textbook + voucher). Let op: derde druk, eerste oplage, 2018

Classroom activities
– watching video fragments;
– listening to audio fragments;
– preparatory exercises for communicative tasks;
– communicative exercises

Beginners

For those who do understand some Dutch but are (almost) incapable of making themselves understood in Dutch.

Contents/Objectives
The main objectives of the course are:
a) to help participants acquire a basic vocabulary of Dutch
b) to enable participants to globally understand simple spoken and written Dutch
c) to teach participants how to make themselves understood in elementary spoken and written Dutch

Textbook
Heijne, N.C. e.a., CODE+ deel 2: A1-A2 / Basisleergang Nederlands voor anderstaligen, ThiemeMeulenhoff, Amersfoort 2018. ISBN 9789006978339 (textbook + voucher). Let op: derde druk, eerste oplage, 2018

Classroom activities
– watching video fragments;
– listening to audio fragments;
– preparatory exercises for communicative tasks;
– communicative exercises

Pre-intermediate

For those with a global understanding of simple everyday Dutch, capable of making themselves understood in simple everyday Dutch that is still full of mistakes.

Contents/Objectives
The aim of the course is:
a) to help participants to extend a basic vocabulary of Dutch
b) to enable participants to understand simple spoken and written Dutch
c) to teach participants how to make themselves understood, in speech as well as in writing

Textbook
Heijne, N.C. e.a., CODE+ deel 3: A2-B1 / Basisleergang Nederlands voor anderstaligen, ThiemeMeulenhoff, Amersfoort 2018. ISBN 9789006978360 (textbook + voucher). Let op: derde druk, eerste oplage, 2018

Classroom activities
– watching video fragments;
– listening to audio fragments;
– preparatory exercises for communicative tasks;
– communicative exercises

Intermediate

For students with a reasonable understanding of simple everyday Dutch and of Dutch used in the media, capable of making themselves understood in simple everyday Dutch with many mistakes.

Contents/Objectives
The aim of the course is:
a) to help participants to extend a basic vocabulary of Dutch
b) to enable participants to understand simple spoken and written Dutch in a variety of familiar contexts
c) to teach participants how to make themselves understood, in speech as well as in writing

Textbook
Heijne, N.C. e.a., CODE+ deel 3: A2-B1 / Basisleergang Nederlands voor anderstaligen, ThiemeMeulenhoff, Amersfoort 2018. ISBN 9789006978360 (textbook + voucher). Let op: derde druk, eerste oplage, 2018

Classroom activities
– watching video fragments;
– listening to audio fragments;
– preparatory exercises for communicative tasks;
– communicative exercises

Pre-Advanced

For students with a good understanding of everyday Dutch and of Dutch used in the media. Capable of making themselves understood in everyday Dutch but with quite a few mistakes.

Contents/Objectives
The aim of the course is:
a) to help participants to extend their vocabulary of Dutch
b) to enable participants to understand simple spoken and written Dutch in a variety of contexts
c) to improve their basic writing and speaking skills.

Textbook
Heijne, N.C. e.a., CODE+ deel 4: B1-B2 / Basisleergang Nederlands voor anderstaligen, ThiemeMeulenhoff, Amersfoort 2018. ISBN 9789006978391 (textbook + voucher). Let op: derde druk, eerste oplage, 2018

Classroom activities
– listening to audio fragments;
– watching video fragments;
– discussion of written texts;
– studying Dutch grammar with follow-up exercises;
– speaking and writing exercises;
– conversation

Advanced

For those who have a thorough understanding of everyday Dutch and a good understanding of Dutch at an academic level. Participants can express themselves in spoken and written Dutch in most everyday and professional situations but still make systematic mistakes. 

Contents/Objectives

The aim of the course is: To improve participants’ writing and speaking skills. Some attention will be paid to reading, listening and extending vocabulary. 

Textbook

Heijne, N.C. e.a.,  CODE+ deel 4: B1-B2 / Basisleergang Nederlands voor Anderstaligen, ThiemeMeulenhoff, Amersfoort 2018. ISBN 9789006978391 (textbook + voucher). Let op: derde druk, eerste oplage, 2018  

Classroom activities

– listening to audio fragments
– watching video fragments
– discussion of written texts
– studying Dutch grammar with follow-ups exercises
– speaking and writing exercises
– conversation

Apply for this course

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