Utrecht, Netherlands

Beginners Dutch course - part 1 (A0 → A1-)

when 29 July 2024 - 8 August 2024
language English
duration 2 weeks
fee EUR 540

Would you like to be able to speak Dutch in shops and cafes? Do you enjoy having small conversations with Dutch natives? Our Dutch Language Level 1 course is designed for beginners with no prior knowledge of Dutch. In a small class of up to 16 students with a qualified trainer you will learn to communicate in Dutch at an elementary level. By the end of the course you’ll be able to make an appointment or order a drink, and you’ll be acquainted with typical Dutch customs and habits.

In a pleasant and supportive environment you’ll make your first steps in learning the Dutch language.

This course will help you:

- build elementary vocabulary;
- learn basic grammar (present tense, pronouns, phrase structure, negation, plural, modal verbs, adjectives);
- develop your speaking skills (pronunciation, responding, conversations);
- develop your writing skills (spelling, emails, simple texts);
- improve your comprehension of spoken Dutch;
- improve your comprehension of written Dutch.

The Babel institute is situated in a monumental building in the centre of Utrecht. We encourage you to explore this beautiful part of the Netherlands in your free time and practise your newly acquired skills with Dutch locals.

In the unfortunate event we cannot offer the course on location, a virtual classroom setting will be available for language courses. Check the course description for more information.

Course leader

Maud Beersmans

Target group

This course corresponds with level A1-, as defined by the Common European Framework of Reference for Language (CEFR), and is suitable for learners with no prior knowledge of Dutch. This course will predominantly be taught in Dutch, with English as a supporting language. A good command of English is therefore required.

Course aim

This course aims to provide you with basic knowledge of the Dutch language up to CEFR level A1-. At the end of the course you will be able to:

understand and use commonly used expressions and basic phrases;
introduce yourself and others, and ask for or provide personal details;
have basic conversations, provided the other person talks slowly and clearly.

Fee info

EUR 540: Course + course materials
EUR 450: Housing fee