A stimulating and innovative approach to learn Dutch.

Learning a new language.

Learning a new language.

Learning a language means far more than just memorizing words and learning grammar rules.
Realize the similarity between learning a language and learning music.Learning a new language is first and foremost a physical activity which starts with just ‘doing the language’.

By the way singing is the best tool to adapt to the flow, rythm and the music of (a new) language.

 

 

Our methods and philosophy.

To talk is the first focus. Pronounciation, articulation, dialoguing and conversations are the keywords and key activities and only thén comes grammar.

Test your level.

To talk is the first focus. Pronounciation, articulation, dialoguing and conversations are the keywords and key activities and only thén comes grammar.

Type of courses.

We run evening courses on 4 levels: Survival (1), Small talk (2), Conversatrion (3), Discussion(4).

For level 1, the Survival course we also run an one week daytime intensive course in principle each month.

The Survival course is much more than just an elementary course, with this course you really lay the fundamentals for the Dutch language.

The focus of each course is 'talking' and with each higher level you will talk in a more open context, what means you will talk, with each level, step by step more elaborate and richer, about all kind of subjects as much as possible connected to all kind of elements to your own life.

Individual lessons / special groups.

Group lessons at the School

In-company lessons

Courses explained.

1

Survival

Simple conversations on the most common subjects: home, travel, family, work, tastes and preferences. And you learn to communicate in the present and one of the past tenses.

2

Small talk

Difficulty

In this course you learn to handle a variety of straightforward situations such as shopping, eating out, talking about work and family, asking directions, telling about your work, place of birth, your last or next holiday ..etc....etc. Such as shopping, eating out, talking about work and family, asking directions, telling about your work, place of birth, your last or next holiday ..etc....etc.

3

Conversation

Difficulty

Now you’re talking! Getting more comfortable asking questions, responding, explaining and giving your opinion.

4

Discussion / Views & Opinions

Difficulty

Talking and having more complex discussion is a lot easier for you now. Every week you'll get more confident.

In-company courses

In this course you learn to handle a variety of straightforward situations such as shopping, eating out, talking about work and family, asking directions, telling about your work, place of birth, your last or next holiday ..etc....etc. Such as shopping, eating out, talking about work and family, asking directions, telling about your work, place of birth, your last or next holiday ..etc....etc.

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Upcoming courses, if you want to enroll, please fill in the contact form below (scroll down)

Winter schedule 2019 (January - March) 9

January

Survival One Week Intensive January 2019

14/01/2019 - 18/01/2019

8 spots left

January

Survival Tuesday and Thursday (20:30-22:00) / 22 January- 21 March

22/01/2019 - 21/03/2019

12 spots left

January

Survival Monday and Wednesday (18:30-20:00) / 21 January- 20 March

21/01/2019 - 20/03/2019

12 spots left

February

Survival One Week Intensive February 2019

11/02/2019 - 15/02/2019

8 spots left

March

Survival One Week Intensive March 2019

11/03/2019 - 15/03/2019

8 spots left

January

Small Talk Tuesday (20:30-22:00) / 22 January- 26 March

22/01/2019 - 26/03/2019

12 spots left

January

Small Talk Monday (20:30-22:00) / 21 January- 25 March

29/01/2019 - 25/03/2019

10 spots left

January

Conversation Thursday (18:30-20:00) / 24 January- 28 March

24/01/2019 - 28/03/2019

12 spots left

January

Discussion Wednesday (20:30-22:00) / 23 January- 27 March

29/01/2019 - 27/03/2019

12 spots left

Spring 2019 (April - July) 8

April

Survival One Week Intensive April 2018

16/04/2018 - 20/04/2018

9 spots left

June

Survival One Week Intensive June 2018

18/06/2018 - 22/06/2018

12 spots left

April

Survival Evening Mon+ Wednesdays ( 18:30-20:00)

30/04/2018 - 27/06/2018

10 spots left

May

Survival Evening Tuesday & Thursday ( 20:30-22:00)

01/05/2018 - 28/06/2018

10 spots left

May

Small Talk Evening Monday (20:30-22:00)

07/05/2018 - 09/07/2018

11 spots left

May

Small Talk Evening Tuesday (18:30-20:00)

01/05/2018 - 03/07/2018

10 spots left

May

Conversation Class Evening Thursday (18:30-20:00)

03/05/2018 - 05/07/2018

10 spots left

May

Discussion Class Evening Wednesday (20:30-22:00)

02/05/2018 - 04/07/2018

10 spots left

Contact us by filling this form if you want to Enroll!

A bit about myself and my background.

A good 25 years ago I made a career switch and swapped my theater activities (playing, directing) for teaching Dutch. And theatre, acting is amonst others articulation, knowing what you say and why you say i tand making contact with your fellow actors on the stage.

And that also applies to the communication between people in any language.

My theater background has enabled me to develop a truly communicative method that far exceeds the learning of words and grammar rules. And for that reason the School for Dutch also works with its own textbooks and teaching materials ( written, audio and online exercises)

Wessel van der Heijden.

“Learning a language means far more than just memorizing words and learning grammar rules."

- Wessel

“To talk is the first focus. Pronunciation, articulation, dialoguing and conversations are the keywords and key activities and only thén comes grammar."

- Learning methods and philosophy

Frequently Asked Questions.

How does the level test work?

We test a range of language skills. The content of the test is based on two decades of teaching experience.

Our courses have a high pace, since we believe that using a language is the best way to learn the new language.

If you do not succeed for the first test it means that we need to work on the foundations of your knowledge of the language. This is also to prevent weak spots that will strike up later and will stop you to fully participate in the group process (= talking Dutch). It will be more fun and more effective and it will give you the confidence needed to start speaking Dutch. Constantly trying to catch up with your fellow students is not very stimulating. That is why it is important to start your Dutch adventure on the appropriate level.

If you succeed the first test, but not the second test, it’s better to start with the 'small talk' course for the reasons outlined above.

If you succeed for the first two tests, we will contact you for a short telephone conversation in Dutch. After that, we will decide what the most appropriate course is.

Do I have to pay extra for books and other materials?

No, everything is included in the course fee.

We use our own books and course material because communication skills, confidence in speaking and ‘trying out/doing’ Dutch are essential. Besides using these books, we developed a system of online exercises to drill and reinforce grammar concepts, and to develop listening skills and vocabulary.

What happens if I miss a lesson ?

Our students usually have busy jobs and social lives. This means that from time to time they miss a lesson, due to work or social obligations.

Learning a language is like dancing a tango; two steps forward and one step back. Repetition is part of this process.

Every week the trainer sends each student a short report about the previous lesson and a summary of what should be done for the next lesson. Don’t forget that every week a new set of online exercises will cover the lesson of that particular week. And besides that students can, and actually do, contact each other for help. This is stimulating and fun for everyone involved.

In the case the an absence, longer than 1 or 2 weeks, the trainer will offer assistance and coaching to catch up with the group.
If however you would miss more than half the lessons, you can join the same kind of course in the next rou

What happens if I have to leave the course for personal reasons?

If for some reason you need to quit a course, you can always join a same level course in the next round or another round during the whole year after the canceled course. It is also possible to let somebody else participate in a same priced course instead of the registered student.

Because our groups are small we can't return the course fee (similar to breaking off a package tour for instance).

What is the right course for me?

If you haven't been in the Netherlands for too long and you haven't had the opportunity to take Dutch lessons then the survival course (level 1) will probably be the right course for you.

Do realize that although the survival course is a beginners course, it is not an elementary course at all.
The pacing is high and encouraging; you'll start ‘trying’ to speak Dutch from the very first moment.

Maybe you've been here a little longer.
Perhaps you started a course but never finished it.
Maybe Dutch has already become familiar; you might not speak it, but you do understand a lot.

Well...
Do the test !

The test is not about spelling. It will however give you and us good insight in your language skills (the present tense, the negation, the question words, the past tense etc).
If you succeed the test we will have a short conversation by telephone to hear what your active level is. After this conversation you get an advice from your trainer and you can register for a course on the appropriate level.

How are the courses structured?

Survival, Small talk, Conversation, Discussion and Views & Opinions are consecutive courses.

Although students will get all the grammar they need, it is not the main focus, on the contrary:

We believe that the best way to learn Dutch is to start using the language as soon as possible. Doing Dutch is learning Dutch! Our courses have a fast pace and focus on pronunciation, rhythm and flow of the language. You will start talking Dutch right from the start and build up your vocabulary by 'doing'. From level 3 and onwards conversation, reading and discussion topics change with every new round. So in case it is necessary to do a level twice, the lesson content will be new and inspirational.

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Contact us.

Are you interested in following a course with us, or do you have a general question regarding our teaching methods and philosophies? Please head over to our contact page to get in touch.

Leveltest

Present

1.

Ik

uit Noorwegen en

nu 5 jaar in Nederland.

2.

Ik

nu 3 jaar in Amsterdam en mijn broer

nu 5 jaar in Nederland.

3.

Hij en zijn vrouw

een huis met een grote tuin en ik

een flat met een balkon.

4.

Ik

blij met mijn balkon, een tuin

veel te veel werk.

Leveltest

Negation

1.

Ben je dokter? Nee, ik ben

dokter.

2.

Is jouw vakantie in maart? Nee, mijn vakantie is

in maart.

3.

Heb je honger? Nee, ik heb

honger.

4.

Rook jij veel? Nee, ik rook

veel, slechts 3 pakjes per dag.

Leveltest

Past finito

1.

Ik

20 jaar in Tokio

.

2.

Jan

gisteren te veel

.

3.

Ik

een uurtje in het park

.

4.

Marian

naar Albert Heijn

.

5.

Wij

gisteren een uur

.

Leveltest

Pronomina

1.

Hij neemt

eigen laptop mee.

2.

Maria en John gaan met

eigen auto.

3.

Ik geef mijn pen aan John. (= same as) Ik geef mijn pen aan

.

4.

John geeft zijn boek aan Maria. (= same as)

geeft zijn boek aan

.

5.

John en William geven hun hond aan Maria. (= same as)

geven hun hond aan

.

Leveltest

Question words

1.

gaat het? O, het gaat goed.

2.

loopt daar? O, dat is mijn vriend.

3.

loopt hij zo hard? Hij moet naar de tandarts en hij is te laat.

4.

is zijn probleem? Hij gaat voor controle.

5.

woont zijn tandarts? In Amsterdam-Oost.

6.

komt je vriend terug? Met de tram, denk ik.

7.

Met

tram gaat hij? Met tram 25, denk ik.

Leveltest

Storytelling

1.

Een man in een grote Mercedes

op zoek naar een parkeerplaats.

2.

Eindelijk

de man er één die groot genoeg was.

3.

Toen hij zijn auto

parkeren,

er van achteren een kleine Fiat.

4.

De Fiat

vlug op de open plaats staan.

5.

De man in de Mercedes

helemaal niet.

6.

Hij

langzaam achteruit parkeren

Leveltest

Mix

1.

Person A: Ik

gisteren naar het theater

.

2.

Person B: O, wat

je

en hoe

het?

3.

Person A: Angels in America, het

fantastisch, de voorstelling

5 uur.

4.

Person B: Wat ?! 5 uur? Zolang ? Een toneelvoorstelling die 5 uur

?

5.

Person A: Ja, maar het

helemaal geen probleem.

Leveltest

Reflexive verbs

1.

Ik

elektrisch.

2.

De boer

de schapen in maart.

3.

Ik

mijn oude opa elke week.

4.

Zij

niet.

5.

Wij

met water en zeep.

6.

Jullie

elektrisch.

7.

Mannen

bijna elke dag.

Leveltest

Seperate verbs

1.

Ik

de kamer

. (schoonmaken)

2.

Ik

Jan voor mijn verjaardag niet

. (uitnodigen)

3.

Pas op, ik

je met tennis compleet

. (inmaken)

4.

Romeo

het met Julia

. (uitmaken)

5.

Ik

de muskiet

. (doodmaken)

Leveltest

Conjuctions

1.

Mijn vader is morgen jarig

mijn zusje is volgende week jarig.

2.

Ik ga morgen naar mijn vader

ik ga morgen naar mijn zusje.

3.

Ik ga morgen naar mijn vader

hij is morgen jarig.

4.

Ik ga morgen naar mijn vader

ik ben morgen niet in Amsterdam.

5.

Ik ga met de trein naar mijn vader

mijn zusje met de auto komt.

6.

Ik moet morgen naar mijn vader,

ik heb eigenlijk geen tijd.

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