Are you interested in studying Dutch on an intermediate level? University College London offers Intermediate Dutch 1 and 2, two tutor-supported online courses for intermediate learners of Dutch (Dutch / Flemish at 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 adapted to meet 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. After successful completion of the Intermediate courses, you reach the required level (B2 CEFR) to take the Staatsexamen Nederlands als Tweede Taal (NT2 Staatexamen, i.e. exams organised by Dutch and/or Belgian government) and the CNaVT exams Profiel Educatief Startbekwaam and Professionele Taalvaardigheid.
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). Students on a tighter schedule can opt for the intensive versions of the courses (6 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 downloadable online course materials. 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. For more general information about the course, e.g. the next starting dates, go to the home page.
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. All written exercises and tasks are corrected by your personal tutor. A key feature of the courses are the video teaching sessions between you and your individual teacher. They allow you to further develop your listening and speaking skills via Skype. For Intermediate 1 you participate in an introductory session via Skype and eight individual teaching session of 60 minutes each. Also for Intermediate 2 you take part in eight individual teaching sessions of 60 minutes. All our tutors are native speakers of Dutch and/or Flemish with a PhD or MA degree in Dutch language and literature. Click here to get to know our teaching staff.
The course is further linked to the UCL online reference grammar of Dutch, which provides additional self-access exercise materials. A weekly conversation group via Skype gives you further opportunity to practise your speaking skills with other intermediate students and your tutor.
The Intermediate Dutch Study Guide gives further details regarding the course.If you have any further questions about the courses or you are unsure about your starting level of Dutch, email the course tutor, Dr An (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Paul, the course administrator (email@example.com).
You can read testimonials of current and former students of the Dutch Intermediate Courses. After you complete the Intermediate courses, you receive a UCL completion certificate and you can move on to the online course Dutch Advanced.
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 (desktop, laptop or tablet) and webcam. The course includes live sessions using Skype.
- The only printed book you need is a translating dictionary (Dutch/English, English/Dutch).
The courses are delivered by means of an online learning environment. All course materials can be downloaded for offline use. 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.
Registration and fees
To register for one of our courses, click on the link below to pay via the UCL online store:
- Intermediate 1 (12 study weeks) - £595.00.
- Intensive Intermediate 1 (6 study weeks) - £595.00.
- Intermediate 2 (12 study weeks) - £595.00.
- Intensive Intermediate 2 (6 study weeks) - £595.00.
- Package Intermediate 1 and 2 (24 study weeks) - £1,100.00.
- Package Intensive Intermediate 1 and 2 (12 study weeks) - £1,100.
If you prefer to pay by bank transfer, contact Sam, the financial administrator (firstname.lastname@example.org). You can sign up until two days before the start dates.
A note on fees - UCL has a no refund policy for course fees. Refunds of course fees minus a £100 administration charge will only be considered in cases of serious illness. Claims must be made in writing and be supported by verifiable documentation.