Course

Dutch for German speakers

From the very first group lesson an experienced teacher will help you to build your vocabulary and understand how the language works. During these lessons we will also make use of an interactive, digital environment. The course focuses on speaking and listening skills. Additional work on grammar, as well as reading and writing skills, will support you in the language learning process. Your teacher is a native speaker, and the group lessons will be conducted in Dutch. Instructions will only be given in English if it's absolutely necessary.

 

For available times for the courses below and the Intensive course NL-10A2 please see the course dates and registration form. The registration form shows the currently available groups.

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Reference levels according to the CEFR:

  • Beginners: A2 (code: NL-10A2)
  • Advanced: B1 (code: NL-10B1)
  • Advanced: B2 (code: NL-10B2)*
  • Proficiency:C1min (code: NL-9C1-)
  • Proficiency:C1 (code: NL-9C1)

(Level of the State Exam Dutch as a Second Language, Programme II: B2.)

Intensive course NL-10A2 (Dutch for speakers of German)

During this three-week intensive course, you will be spending the better part of every day learning Dutch. Daily lessons last two hours, and are accompanied by four hours of preparation and independent study. You will be following lessons along with 12 to 14 other participants.

Course material NL-10A2:

  • Taal Vitaal textbook: Nederlands voor beginners (ISBN: 9789460309052)
  • Taal Vitaal workbook: Nederlands voor beginners (ISBN: 9789460309076)

BEGINNERS: level A2

This course is for people with no prior knowledge of Dutch. An intake is not necessary. Please note that you will need to invest a minimum of four hours per lesson for independent study.This course represents 3ECTS.

In this course, you will improve your ability to:

  • conduct simple conversations about daily activities;
  • share your opinion and talk about the past;
  • talk about the weather;
  • ask for and give directions;
  • make reservations over the phone and rent a room or an apartment.

Course material:

  • ​​Taal Vitaal textbook: Nederlands voor beginners (ISBN: 9789460309052)
  • Taal Vitaal workbook: Nederlands voor beginners (ISBN: 9789460309076)

Certificate A2: Upon completion of the course requirements, you will receive a participation certificate by mail.

ADVANCED: Level B1

An intake is necessary when you do not have a A2 certificate.

Once you've completed this course, you will be able to:

  • prepare and participate in discussions;
  • give presentations about a current topic;
  • express your feelings and your wishes;
  • share your opinion;
  • talk about films, books and concerts;
  • discuss familiar topics, such as health.

The topics during the course are in line with the learning objectives for this advanced level.

Course material: ​Op naar de eindstreep, Nederlands voor Duitstaligen (Coutinho Publishing).

Certificate B1: Upon completion of the course requirements, you will receive a participation certificate by mail.

ADVANCED: Level B2

To participate in this advanced B2 course an intake is required when you do not have a B1 certificate.

In this course, you will improve your ability to:

  • give a clear and well-structured presentation, as well as spontaneously answer questions;
  • use grammar correctly;
  • make summaries;
  • pay attention to intercultural aspects: discuss typical subjects for your country or for a country with which you are familiar.

After B2min and B2 you are advanced enough to take the State Exam Dutch as a Second Language, Programme II, if you like.

Course material: ​Op naar de eindstreep, Nederlands voor Duitstaligen (Coutinho Publishing).

Certificate B2: Upon completion of the course requirements, you will receive a participation certificate by mail.

PROFICIENCY: level C1min and C1

An intake is necessary when you do not have a B2 or NT2 certificate.

In this course, you will improve your:

  • speaking, reading, listening and writing skills on an academic level.

NL-9 C1imin: Nederlands naar perfectie, Emily Palmer & Miranda van 't Wout (Coutinho Publishing ISBN9789046904527), textbook for the gourp lessons, website for independent study.

Course material: Nederlands naar perfectie (uitgeverij Coutinho ISBN9789046904527), textbook for the group lesson, website for independent study.

Certificate C1min or C1: Upon completion of the course requirements, you will receive a participation certificate by mail.

Intake

Would you like to meet us for an intake? You can send an e-mail to languages-intake-NL to make an appointment, free of charge. Please already propose in your mail a date and a time when you come to an intake meeting.The appointment will take place at the Maastricht University Language Centre (Sint Servaasklooster 32).

Please book your intake well before the course is scheduled to begin. This process will make it easier to make the appointment, and more likely that there will still be an available spot in the module that’s right for you.

Costs per course

  • UM students € 225
  • UM staff and alumni € 360
  • All other participants € 460

Certificate and ECTS credits

After completing this course you get a participation certificate and three ECTS-credits. To be eligible for a certificate, you must attend at least 12 of the 14 lessons, be present at the final exam and have satisfactory results. To have these credits included on your degree certificate, you must submit a request to your Board of Examiners. Whether these points are granted depends on your faculty.