The main aim of this course is extending knowledge of spoken Dutch and acquiring a solid basis in both formal and informal written language. An additional, broader aim of the course is becoming more familiar with and knowledgeable about Dutch culture. The course leads to a B1 level in the Common European framework.
- Tilburg University Language Center is accredited with the ‘Blik op Werk’ quality mark. This means that you can follow our intensive courses Dutch as a Second Language with the aid of a DUO-loan
- Participants are expected to spend approximately 15 to 20 hours on independent study each week. The course uses the online version of the "Delftse Methode: De Tweede Ronde". A large part of the homework assignments will be done online. It is important that you have access to a computer and the internet at home, if you don't 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 Monday, Wednesday, and Friday), and two exam weeks. The time spent each week (lessons plus self-study) is at least 20 hours.
- You are obliged to buy the course materials: 'de Delfse Methode: de Tweede Ronde'. You will receive the materials during the first lesson.
- To take part in the final exam, 80% attendance is required and you need to have handed in at least 80% of the writing assignments.
- The number of students in this course is limited. Please make sure to register in time and to fill out a complete registration form online.
- In the event of insufficient enrollemnts, 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 / alumni Tilburg University: Information and enrolment
- Dutch as a Second Language: Beginners, CEFR A2, or a comparable level.
- If you have not completed the Beginners course at Tilburg University, you are invited for an intaketest and interview after registering.
- Participants must be either Tilburg University students or staff members or external enrolees with qualifications that permit them to enter Dutch higher education.
During this intensive course, you develop your general proficiency in Dutch from A2- to B1-level. You expand your vocabulary (to approximately 4300 words) and your grammatical knowledge. In preparation of the lessons, you study one or two texts that cover all aspects of living in the Netherlands. In this way you practice the vocabulary, idiomatic expressions and grammar. In class, you talk to your instructor and fellow course participants about the topics of the text. Besides practicing your speaking skills, you practice your listening, reading, and writing skills. The language studied in this course is primarily focused on everyday situations, for example work and studying. After completing this course you are eligible for the Upper intermediate course.
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Type of exams
Written and oral test