The goal of the course is to introduce students to informal and conversational Dutch. In addition, participants are introduced to Dutch culture in the broader sense. At the end of the course, participants will have reached an A2 CEFR level (Common European framework)
- The Tilburg University Language Center is accredited with the ‘Blik op Werk’ lquality mark. This means that you can attend our intensive courses Dutch as a Second Language with the aid of a DUO-loan.
- Participants are expected to spend approximately 15-20 hours on independent study each week.
- The course makes use of the online version of the "Delftse Methode". A large part of the homework assignments are to be done online. It is important that you have access to a computer and the internet at home. If you do not have a computer with internet access at home, you can use the Tilburg University library computers (for free).
- The course lasts for 12 weeks and consists of 10 lesson weeks (with two contact hours on Mondays, Wednesdays, and three on Fridays), and two exam weeks. You will need to spend at least 20 hours on the course (lessons plus independent study).
- You are obliged to buy the course materials: 'de Delfse Methode' and the reader. You will receive the materials during the first lesson.
- In order to be allowed to participate in the final exam, you need to have participated in at least 80% of the classes and to have handed in at least 80% of the writing assignments.
- Learning a language takes time. Apart from attendance and exam preparation, this course has a course load of about 15-20 hours per week.
- The number of students in this course is limited. Please make sure to register in time and to fill out a complete registration form.
- In the event of insufficient enrollments, the Language Center reserves the right to cancel a course.
- Tilburg University students: See Information and enrolment for specific dates.
- Tilburg University employees: Information and enrolment
- External participants / Tilburg University alumni: Information and enrolment
- Participants must be either Tilburg University students or staff members or external enrollees with qualifications that permit them to enter Dutch higher education.
- Participants must also be proficient in English.
- Participants are not required to have any proficiency in Dutch.
- After registering you are invited for an intake interview
Central to this course is the acquisition of a vocabulary (approximately 2300 words) and a solid base for speaking Dutch. To prepare for each session, you individually study one or two texts. These provide information on the Netherlands, and are about subjects considered to be relevant to foreigners, while also providing the foundation for group discussion in class. In class, all skills are trained: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. The course aims to improve your general Dutch so academic language use is only partially covered.
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Type of exams
Written and oral test