Online Dutch Courses at University College London (UCL)

Online Dutch

UCL offers five tutor-supported online language courses for learners of Dutch, i.e. Lagelands 1 and Lagelands 2 for beginners, Hogelands 1 and Hogelands 2 for intermediate students and Opperlands for advanced learners. It also offers two tutor-supported distance courses teaching reading skills in specialized forms of Dutch, i.e. Early Modern Dutch and Business Dutch. The courses are fully delivered online and flexible, open to students anywhere in the world and taught on a one-to-one basis (i.e. one tutor for each individual student). You decide whether you want your private tuition sessions to take place in the day time or the evening. New rounds of the courses start at the beginning of every month, although it is possible to join after the official start dates in consultation with the tutor. After successful completion of the courses, you receive a UCL Completion Certificate.

The beginner's courses Lagelands 1 and Lagelands 2 are designed to give you the skills you need to speak, read, write and understand basic Dutch in a range of practical everyday contexts. No previous knowledge of Dutch is required for Lagelands 1.

Hogelands 1 and Hogelands 2, aimed at intermediate learners, consolidate the knowledge of Dutch you already and extend your language skills on an intermediate level. The courses also enhance your cultural knowledge of Dutch-speaking societies. Hogelands 1 is for students who have successfully completed Lagelands 2 or who have a similar linguistic standard, equivalent to level A2 as defined by the Council of Europe

Opperlands, taught entirely in Dutch, further develops your language skills of reading, listening, writing and speaking on an advanced level. The course is also geared to further expanding your knowledge of the history and culture of the Dutch and Flemish societies. Opperlands is aimed at students who have completed Hogelands 2 or who have a similar language standard, comparable to level B2 as defined by the Council of Europe

The Early Modern Dutch Reading Skills Course is designed to give you the skills you need to read 16th, 17th  and 18th-century Dutch texts. The course is open to learners with both prior or no knowledge of Dutch.

The Business Dutch Reading Skills Course enables you to build up a reading knowledge of Dutch sufficient to cope with reading the business pages of Dutch and Flemish newspapers and magazines. It can be taken by learners with a minimal knowledge of the language.

Lagelands 1 and Lagelands 2 run each over a 10-week study period. Hogelands 1 and 2, and Opperlands are all taught over a 12-week period. The two online reading courses run over a 20-week study period.

Students also have the option to study specific skills such as speaking and listening on a one-to-one basis independently of the course rubrics or to receive private online tuition in preparation of official language exams or other proficiency tests (e.g. CNaVT) in the Netherlands or Belgium. To find out more about the cost of the courses, click here. Note that it is possible to sign up for individual courses as well as for packages including two or more courses.

Please click to register for one of the courses. After completing the registration form, you can pay the course fee by credit card using the UCL online store. The next start dates of the courses are 7th July, 1st September and 6th October 2014. Your tutor contacts you once your registration is complete.

Alternatively, you can email the course coordinator (ucldava@ucl.ac.uk) or the financial administrator (s.keenan@ucl.ac.uk) to ask for more information about the online courses. Please contact the webmaster (r.lawson@ucl.ac.uk) for any technical queries or in case you experience problems when completing the registration or online payment form.

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