Overview

Course summary

Whether you're taking your first steps to learn another language or are at an advanced level, our courses will help you to communicate confidently in your chosen language.  

Our interactive online courses provide real-time lessons with an expert tutor to practise speaking and listening. You will also have the flexibility of an online course. Access to all multimedia learning resources is included.

Who is this class for?

Dutch Beginner is the first exposure to the language, allowing you to start to communicate.

The course is made up of three parts. If you're an absolute beginner, you should start with Part 1. For those who've done some study before, you may be able to join Part 2 or Part 3 directly – contact us if you're unsure of your level by using the details at the bottom of the page.

Discounts and offers

October start

You can book:

  • Part 2 for £250 (£280 after 22 November)
  • Parts 2 and 3 together for £440 (£500 after 22 November)

To book Parts 2 and 3 together please proceed with booking Part 2 and add Part 3 to your order when prompted during the checkout process.

The early bird discount prices for our October-start courses are available if booked by 22 November 2020*

January start

We are now offering a 15% discount on our January start Evening Language Beginner Course fees to University of Westminster alumni, students and University of Westminster staff. Sign up now to start your new journey with us.

You can book:

  • Part 1 for £250 (£280 after 22 November) *
  • Parts 1, 2 and 3 together for £565 (£625 after 22 November) *

To book Parts 1, 2 and 3 together please proceed with booking Part 1 and add Parts 2 and 3 to your order when prompted during the checkout process.

The early bird discount prices for our January-start courses are available if booked by 22 November 2020*

Terms and conditions

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Course structure

Our beginner's course is made up of three parts, Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. Each part builds on what you've learnt previously.

At the beginner level:

  • Part 1 is for you if you have no or little previous knowledge of Dutch
  • Part 2 is for you if you have completed Part 1, or if you have studied Dutch for about 20 hours
  • Part 3 is for you if you have completed Parts 1 and 2, or if you have studied Dutch for about 40 hours

You can skip Part 1 and proceed straight to joining Part 2 or 3 if you have prior experience. If you’re not sure of your level, email us via the contact details at the bottom of this page.

If you can't see the part you need in the booking table, please check back, as we add more dates throughout the year.

Teaching

Our Dutch lessons follow a communicative approach to language teaching, focusing on the language you need to communicate in authentic situations with an emphasis on speaking and listening. Our evening classes are taught by experienced language teachers who are native speakers of the language or equivalent.

Please note that the distribution of course content across terms may vary from year to year. This is due to the variable length of terms in different academic years. There may also be slight content variations at the discretion of the tutor. We may, for example, include additional content when general progress is good, or vary content according to students’ interests.

Learning resources

The course is based on our own materials.

You can join Part 1, 2 or 3 of the course depending on your prior experience.

In Part 1 of the Dutch Beginners course, you'll cover the following topics and grammar:

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • personal introductions, cordial phrases
  • the alphabet
  • days of the week
  • numbers 1–100
  • countries, cities, nationalities and languages
  • describing and introducing yourself and family members
  • request-type situations for shops, restaurants, at the station

Grammar

You will learn:

  • verbs in the present tense
  • personal pronouns ( ik, je, hij, zij, het, wij, zij)
  • definite and indefinite articles (de, het, a, an een)
  • basic adjectives (groot, klein, oud, duur)
  • basic prepositions ( in, met, van, tot, voor, na,)
  • making simple questions with or without a question word
  • demonstrative pronouns (deze, dit, dat, deze, die)

Part 2 builds on what you learnt in Part 1, covering the following topics and grammar:

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • telling the time
  • months, dates, birthdays and related vocabulary
  • all numbers, including ordinal numbers
  • describing things and events
  • shopping and food
  • expressing likes and dislikes (hobbies)
  • talking about your daily routine
  • talking about trips and travelling

Grammar

You will learn:

  • more verbs both regular and irregular (e.g. nemen, zien, ‘blijven)
  • modal verbs (moeten, mogen, zullen, kunnen)
  • future tense
  • separable verbs (opstaan, aankomen, terugkomen)
  • word order (time–manner–place and inversion)
  • imperative
  • subordinating clauses 

Part 3 is the final level of the Dutch Beginners course, and covers the following topics and grammar:

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • weather
  • idiomatic expressions and sayings
  • describing appearance
  • describing things and events
  • checking in at a hotel and at the airport
  • plans and intentions
  • my house

Grammar

You will learn:

  • adjective agreement, comparative, superlative
  • reflexive verbs (to feel ‘zich voelen’, to remember ‘zich herinneren’, to get dressed ‘zich aankleden’)
  • introduction to the past tense
  • diminutives (little book ‘boekje’, little cup ‘kopje’)
  • possessive pronouns (e.g. mijn, jouw, haar)
  • negation
  • word order in relative clauses

Booking

If you have any questions about these courses, please get in touch with us via the details at the bottom of this page.

Please note, bookings will close on Sunday 10 January 2021 so book early to make sure you don’t miss out.

October start

The early bird discount price is available if the course is booked by 22 November 2020*

 

Start date
Part
Day and time
Duration
Price
20
Jan
2021

Part

2

Day and time

Wednesdays
6.30–8.30pm

Duration

10 weeks

Price

£280 (£250*)

14
Apr
2021

Part

3

Day and time

Wednesdays
6.30-8.30pm

Duration

10 weeks

Price

£280

Coming soon

 

January start

The early bird discount price is available if the course is booked by 22 November 2020*

Start date
Part
Day and time
Duration
Price
21
Jan
2021

Part

1

Day and time

Thursdays
6.30 – 8.30pm

Duration

10 weeks

Price

£280 (£250*)

15
Apr
2021

Part

2

Day and time

Thursdays
6.30 – 8.30pm

Duration

10 weeks

Price

£280

Coming soon

22
Jun
2021

Part

3

Day and time

Tuesdays and Thursdays
6.30pm – 8.30pm

Duration

5 weeks

Price

£280

Coming soon

How we're delivering courses

This course is delivered in an online, virtual classroom, where you'll benefit from live, face-to-face engagement with experienced language teachers.

Wherever you are in the world, you'll become part of the University of Westminster's global community. You can be assured of a warm welcome here, where your wellbeing, the quality of our teaching and your learning experience are our priorities.

We're arranging online Meet the Teacher sessions in early January where you can discuss your language level, meet our teachers and find out more about our courses. If you're interested, please register via this form and we'll contact you with further information.

Discover our virtual learning environment with a tour of Blackboard.

Take a look around our virtual classrooms.

Course dates

October intake

  • Part 1: 05 October – 11 December 2020
  • Part 2: 18 January – 26 March 2021
  • Part 3: 12 April – 28 June 2021*
  • Part 3: 12 April – 18 June 2021 **

* For courses running on Mondays only (No classes on Bank Holiday Monday 3 May 2021 and Monday 31 May 2021)

**For courses running on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays only

January intake

Part 1: 18 January – 26 March 2021
Part 2: 12 April – 18 June 2021
Part 3: 21 June – 23 July 2021*

*Classes in Part 3 run twice a week

January start is for selected languages only.