UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE)


UCL's Online Beginners Dutch Language Courses

Next start dates:  5th of October, 19th of October, 2nd of November and 16th of November 2015.

University College London offers Beginners Dutch 1 and Beginners Dutch 2, two tutor-supported online courses for beginning learners of Dutch. The courses are available to learners worldwide, are taught online on a one-to-one basis - i.e. each 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. For Beginners 1 no prior knowledge of Dutch is required. To take Beginners 2 you first need to have completed Beginners 1 or have a similar language standard, comparable to level A1 as defined by the Council of Europe.

Each course runs over a 12-week 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 Beginners 1 and 2 (24 study weeks). Beginners 1 is also offered as an intensive course of 6 weeks for learners on a tight schedule. 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. After you complete the course, you continue to have access to all the study materials as well as your corrected course work. At the bottom of this page you find links to register and pay for the courses.

Beginners Dutch 1 and 2 each consist of five online course chapters. 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 and tasks 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 personal tutor via Skype. For Beginners 1 you participate in an introductory session via Skype and seven individual teaching session of 60 minutes each. For Beginners 2 you take part in an introductory session via Skype and six individual teaching sessions of 60 minutes each. 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 Beginners 1 are equivalent to level A1 as defined by the Council of Europe and are of a level A2 for Beginners 2.  After you complete Beginners 2, you can move on to the online Intermediate Courses.

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Click here to view the Beginners 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 (ucldava@ucl.ac.uk). Click to read the testimonials of former and current students of the Dutch Beginners courses.

To sign up for Beginners Dutch 1 (12 study weeks), fill in the registration form and pay the course fee via the UCL Online Store.

To sign up for Intensive Beginners Dutch 1 (6 study weeks), fill in the registration form and pay the course fee via the UCL Online Store.

To sign up for Beginners Dutch 2 (12 study weeks), fill in the registration form and pay the course fee via the UCL Online Store.

To sign up for Package Beginners Dutch 1 and 2 (24 study weeks), fill in the registration form and pay the course fee via the UCL Online Store.

You can sign up until two days before the start dates. If you prefer to pay by bank transfer, contact Sam, the financial administrator (s.keenan@ucl.ac.uk).