Course

Dutch: Social Dutch (German speakers, students only)

Are you starting your studies at Maastricht University but don’t speak Dutch yet? Then this is the perfect course for you. In seven weeks, you will learn social Dutch on a basic level with a focus on speaking and listening skills. During these lessons we will also make use of an interactive, digital environment.

Together with about 16 other participants, you will follow two-hour group lessons. For each lesson you will need to invest 1.5 to 2 hours of independent self-study (practicing what you have learned in the lesson before). This course consists of two modules. The first module is aimed at beginners, while the second module is suitable for people who already speak social Dutch on a very basic level. 

Please note: due to the COVID-19 situation, we will provide this course in an online setting.

'Yes! It's so much fun. Of course I speak as a native German speaker so I would recommend it for German speakers definitely!'

For available times and registration please see the timetable and registration form.

NB Places are limited. The registration form shows the actual available groups.

Cost per module

  • 1st year UM bachelor and 1st year UM master students (exchange students excluded): 2 times free of charge
  • Other UM students (including exchange students): € 75 per module
  • Hogeschool Zuyd students: € 157 per module

Social Dutch 1 (SD 1 for German speakers)

This course is for people with no prior knowledge of Dutch. An intake is not necessary. This course represents 1 ECTS.

Once you've completed this module you will be able to:

  • conduct simple conversation about daily activities;
  • tell something about yourself and your family;
  • get around in shops and restaurants;
  • talk about the past.

Course material: Start.nl. Deel 1.* 978-90-469-0566-1, uitgeverij Coutinho; textbook for the group lesson, website for independent study. Or as E-book ISBN9789046964064 via Bookshelf.

* Start.nl  is website based, so make sure you buy a new book (not second hand).
Since the code to get access to the website is a personal code, you cannot use the code in a used book.

Proof of participation A1: upon completion of course requirements, you will receive a proof of participation by e-mail.

Social Dutch 2 (SD 2 for German speakers)

This course is for German students with basic knowledge of Dutch and for people who have completed level A1. An intake is necessary when you have no certificate of A1.

For available times and registration please see the timetable and registration form.

Once you've completed this module you will be able to:

  • describe your surroundings;
  • complimenting;
  • talk about health;
  • conduct simple discussions in present and future tenses;
  • share your opinion;
  • ask for and give directions.

Please note: with this course you cannot automatically continue to a regular course (NLA2 / NLB1(min)). Please check with your teacher if you are at the right level to do a follow-up course after Social Dutch 2. If positive you have to take an intake. To schedule and intake please contact languages-intake-nl[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl . If the advise is negative you should start over with the NLA1 regular course. If you would like to do a follow-up course, we advise you to do all assessments and online tests during the course Social Dutch. Otherwise your writing skills will probably be insufficient to join a regular course.

Course material: Start.nl. Deel 2.* 978-90-469-0379-7, Coutinho; textbook for the group lesson, website for independent study. Or as E-book ISBN9789046962671 via Bookshelf.

* Start.nl  is website based, so make sure you buy a new book (not second hand).
Since the code to get access to the website is a personal code, you cannot use the code in a used book.

Proof of participation A2: upon completion of course requirements, you will receive a proof of participation by e-mail.

Intake and registration

You can register for a course module by using our timetable and registration form. After registering, you will receive a confirmation. If you have an overlap with your tutorials after you have received your schedule, please send us an email and we will do our best to put you in another group.

Please note, registering for Social Dutch 2 is only possible when you have passed Social Dutch 1 or already know some Dutch and had an intake with one of our staff members.

When you are not a beginner you can email us to make an appointment for an intake, free of charge. The appointment will take place online.

Please book your intake well before the course is scheduled to begin. This will make it easier to make the appointment, and it is more likely that the group you’d like to join is not full yet.

Cost per module

  • 1st year UM bachelor and 1st year UM master students (exchange students excluded): 2 times free of charge
  • Other UM students (including exchange students): € 75 per module
  • Hogeschool Zuyd students: € 157 per module

 

Proof of participation and ECTS Credits

To be eligible for a proof of participation certificate, you must attend at least 5 of the 7 lessons and have satisfactory results on the speaking assignments. You will receive this certificate by e-mail.

The number of credits earned after successfully concluding this course is the equivalent of 1 ECTS according to Maastricht University’s guidelines.

Please consult with your faculty / home university if these credits will be accepted as part of your programme and, if necessary, converted to the credit system acknowledged by your home university.