UCL's Online Intermediate Dutch Language Courses
Next start dates: 19th of October, 2nd of November and 16th of November 2015.
University College London offers Intermediate Dutch 1 and 2, two tutor-supported online courses for intermediate learners of Dutch (level B as defined by the Council of Europe). The courses are available to learners worldwide, are taught online on a
one-to-one basis, i.e. every student is taught individually by his or
her personal tutor via Skype, and can be tailored to learners' individual needs.
Also, you decide whether your private online teaching sessions or
classes 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.
Intermediate Dutch 1 is ideal for students who
have successfully completed the online course Beginners 2 or who
have reached a similar linguistic standard, equivalent to level A2 as
defined by the Council of Europe. Intermediate Dutch 2 is both for students who have successfully completed Intermediate 1 or who have a linguistic standard comparable to level B1.
Each course runs over a 12-weeks study period, although this period can be slightly extended depending on your schedule. Note that you can sign up for the courses individually or for a package including both Intermediate Dutch 1 and 2 (24 study weeks). Once your registration is complete, your personal teacher contacts you and you receive an individual log-in and password for access to the online courses. After you complete the course, you continue to have access to all the course materials. At the bottom of this page you find links to register and pay for the courses.
Intermediate Dutch 1 and 2 are built around a series of thematic chapters. You work three weeks on each chapter. All lessons have a different theme, ranging from science and education, to transport. Each chapter includes reading and listening texts, with grammatical and other commentary. All text and audio material is authentic. The online activities are designed to develop the four language skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing. For all written exercises and tasks you receive written feedback from your tutor. A key feature of the courses are the weekly video teaching sessions via Skype between you and your teacher. They allow you to practise your listening and speaking skills and to interact directly with your personal tutor. Every Skype class lasts 60 minutes. All our tutors are native speakers of Dutch and have a PhD degree (doctorate) in Dutch language and literature.
The course is further linked to the UCL online reference grammar of Dutch, which
provides additional self-access exercise materials.
Click here to view the Intermediate Dutch Study Guide. If you have any further queries or you are unsure about your starting level of Dutch, email the course coordinator, Dr An (email@example.com). Click to read the testimonials of current and former students of the Dutch Intermediate Courses. After you complete the Intermediate courses, you can move on to the online course Dutch Advanced.
- Learning Outcomes
At the end of the courses you will have:
- an intermediate level of proficiency in Dutch (level B1 CEFR for Intermediate 1 and level B2 for Intermediate 2): you will be able to communicate both orally and written in a wide range of contexts and situations; to express your opinions; to report what other people have said; to make structured notes; and to write different types of text.
- insight into language structure and good self-study skills
- What Materials Do You Need for this Course?
You need internet access and a computer and webcam. The course includes live sessions using Skype.
The only printed book you need is a translating dictionary (Dutch/English, English/Dutch).
- Course Delivery
The courses are delivered by means of an online learning environment. After you complete the course you continue to have access to the online course materials. The courses include frequent (individual) teaching sessions via Skype.
Note that the Skype sessions do not take place at a set time. You decide with your tutor for each individual call on a day and time that suits you both. Note however that once the Skype session has been arranged, calls need to be cancelled and postponed no later than 24 hours before the call is due to take place. If you don't cancel the call in time, it will be assumed to have taken place. If you decide to have the session at a new date, you need to pay an extra charge via the Online Store of UCL.
- Course Fees
Intermediate Dutch 1 (12 study weeks): £490
Intermediate Dutch 2 (12 study weeks): £490
Package Intermediate Dutch 1 and 2 (24 study weeks): £880
You can sign up until two days before the start dates. If you prefer to pay by bank transfer, contact Sam, the financial administrator (firstname.lastname@example.org).