Lagelands Beginners Dutch Language Courses

Theo van Doesburg - Counter-Composition V (1924)

Next start dates:  6th April, 4th May and 1st June 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. 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). Note that you can sign up for the courses individually or for a package including both Lagelands 1 and 2 (20 study weeks). After signing up, your personal teacher contacts you and you receive an individual log-in and password for access to the online course materials.

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 feedback. The speaking and listening exercises you do live with your individual tutor via Skype in a 1-hour session.

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. Click here to access 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 a web-based learning environment and include frequent (individual) teaching sessions via Skype. Your tutor will support you with the course materials and provide you with feedback on all your written work. All speaking exercises you do with your tutor via Skype. You can also ask your tutor for advice and guidance.
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 the both of you. 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.


Assessment is based on regular coursework submitted online.

Course Fees

Lagelands 1 (10 weeks): £390

Lagelands 2 (10 weeks): £390

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

Click here for a taster. Click here to view the Lagelands Study Guide
To sign up for Lagelands 1 (10 study weeks), Lagelands 2 (10 study weeks)  or Package Lagelands 1 and 2 (20 study weeks), complete and submit this form. After completing the form, you can pay the course fee by debit or credit card using the UCL online store.

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