Lagelands Beginners Dutch Language Courses

Theo van Doesburg - Counter-Composition V (1924)

Next start dates:  3rd August, 7th September and 5th October 2015. You can sign up until two days before the start dates.

Lagelands 1 and 2 are tutor-supported online courses for beginning learners of Dutch. For Lagelands 1 no prior knowledge of Dutch is required. To take Lagelands 2 you first need to have completed Lagelands 1 or have a similar language standard, comparable to level A1 as defined by the Council of Europe. Each course runs over a 10-week study period. The courses are available to students worldwide and are taught on a one-to-one basis (i.e. one teacher for each individual student). 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.

Note that you can sign up for the courses individually or for a package including both Lagelands 1 and 2 (20 study weeks). After you have paid the course fee, your personal teacher contacts you and you receive an individual log-in and password for access to the online course materials. At the bottom of this page you find links to register and pay for the Lagelands courses.

Lagelands 1 and 2 each consist of five online course chapters. You study each chapter for a 2-week period. Every chapter includes reading and listening texts, accompanied by comprehension and vocabulary exercises. There is a grammar section (with a link to a separate reference grammar of Dutch which was developed alongside the course), and a section on pronunciation. Each chapter also has a series of exercises to practise writing and speaking. Some writing exercises are self-correcting, but the majority needs to be emailed to the course teacher for written feedback. The speaking and listening exercises you do live with your tutor via Skype. For every chapter you participate in an individual teaching session of 60 minutes. All our tutors are native speakers of Dutch with a PhD degree in Dutch language and literature.

Each chapter ends with a revision section and a comprehensive final assignment. The reference grammar contains further self-correcting exercises which are freely available for private study. The learning outcomes of Lagelands 1 are equivalent to level A1 as defined by the Council of Europe and are of a level A2 for Lagelands 2. Click here for a taster of the online course materials, i.e. the first chapter of the Lagelands course.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of Lagelands 1 you will have gained:

  • level A1 of proficiency in Dutch as defined by the Council of Europe
  • insight into language structure and aspects of Dutch and Flemish culture
  • well developed self study skills

At the end of Lagelands 2 you will have gained

  • level A2 of proficiency in Dutch as defined by the Council of Europe
  • insight into language structure and aspects of Dutch and Flemish culture
  • well developed self study skills

What Materials Do You Need for this Course?

You need internet access, a computer and webcam. The course includes live sessions using Skype.

Course Delivery

The courses are  delivered by means of an online learning environment and include frequent (individual) teaching sessions via Skype. All speaking and listening practice you do live with your tutor 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

Lagelands 1 (10 weeks): £390

Lagelands 2 (10 weeks): £390

Package Lagelands 1 and 2 (20 weeks): £700

Click here to view the Lagelands Study Guide. If you have any further queries about the course content or the online Skype classes, email Dr An (ucldava@ucl.ac.uk).

To sign up for Lagelands 1 (10 study weeks), fill in the registration form and pay the course fee via the UCL Online Store

To sign up for Lagelands 2 (10 study weeks), fill in the registration form and pay the course fee via the UCL Online Store

To sign up for Package Lagelands 1 and 2 (20 study weeks), fill in the registration form and pay the course fee via the UCL Online Store

If you prefer to pay by bank transfer, contact the financial administrator Sam Keenan (s.keenan@ucl.ac.uk).

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