UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE)




University College London (UCL) offers Individual Online Dutch Classes with Personal Tutor

The next start dates are 7th of December 2015, 11th of January and 1st of February 2016

UCL offers five teacher-supported online language courses for learners of Dutch, i.e. two courses for beginners, two courses for intermediate learners and one course for advanced students. It also offers two tutor-supported distance courses teaching reading skills in specialized forms of Dutch, i.e. Early Modern Dutch and Business Dutch.

All courses are fully delivered from distance, open to learners anywhere in the world and taught online on a one-to-one basis, i.e. every student is taught individually via Skype by his or her personal tutor. The courses are flexible and can be tailored to students' needs also to allow for other commitments, such as work, studies or family. You decide whether your private online teaching sessions or classes, which last one hour and are conducted via Skype, take place in the day time or the evening - for every Skype class, you agree with your tutor on a day and time that suits both you and your tutor. All course materials are accessible online and downloadable, and all your exercises and tasks are corrected by your personal tutor.

All our tutors are native speakers of Dutch with a PhD degree in Dutch language and literature. Read here the testimonials of current and former students of the Dutch remote learning courses. After successful completion of the course, you receive a UCL Completion Certificate.

Beginners 1 and Beginners 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 Beginners 1. For Beginners 2 you need to have completed Beginners 1 or have a starting level of Dutch comparable to level A1 as defined by the Council of Europe (CEFR). The learning outcomes for Beginners 1 are equivalent to level A1, and to level A2 for Beginners 2.

Intermediate 1 and Intermediate 2 consolidate the knowledge of Dutch you already have and extend your language skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing on an intermediate level. The courses also enhance your cultural knowledge of Dutch and Flemish societies. Intermediate 1 is for students who have successfully completed Beginners 2 or who have a similar linguistic standard, equivalent to level A2. To take Intermediate 2 you need to have completed Intermediate 1 or have a level B1. The learning outcomes for Intermediate 1 are equivalent to level B1, and to level B2 for Intermediate 2. The Intermediate courses allow you to reach the language standard required to take the Staatsexamen Nederlands als Tweede Taal.

Advanced 1, which is taught entirely in Dutch, further develops your language skills of reading, listening, writing and speaking on an advanced level (C1). The course is also geared to further expanding your knowledge of the history and culture of the Netherlands and Belgium. It is aimed at students who have completed Intermediate 2 or who have a similar language standard, comparable to level B2. 

The Early Modern Dutch Reading Skills Course is designed to give you the skills you need to read 16th, 17th  and 18th-century Dutch and Flemish 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 no or a minimal knowledge of the language.

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. To sign up for the courses, pay the course fee using the UCL online store. To pay by cheque or bank transfer contact the financial administrator Sam Keenan (s.keenan@ucl.ac.uk). You can sign up until 2 days before the start date of the courses. Once your registration is complete your personal teacher contacts you. You are asked about your preferred start date and you receive an individual log-in and password to the online course of your choice. 

Alternatively, email Dr An, the course coordinator (ucldava@ucl.ac.uk), or Sam, the financial administrator (s.keenan@ucl.ac.uk), to ask for more information about the online courses. Please contact Rob, 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.