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?

You have a solid intermediate knowledge of the Dutch language and its grammar, and can communicate confidently and fluently in most everyday situations.

  • Part 1 is for you if you have already studied Dutch for three years or 180 hours.
  • You can join Part 2 if you have studied Dutch for about 200 hours.
  • You can join Part 3 if you will have studied Dutch for about 220 hours.

Discounts and offers

October start

You can book:

  • Part 3 for £250 (£280 after 28 February)*

The early bird discount prices for our October-start courses are available if booked by 28 February 2021*.

Terms and conditions

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Course structure

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.

There may be 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 and needs. 

This year is focused on broadening the vocab and being able to read and understand more complicated texts from sources such as newspapers. There will also be a focus on writing and speaking. Every student will be asked to do a presentation. We will also choose and read a Dutch book of fiction.

Learning resources

We will use Nederlands op Niveau and the tutor’s own material throughout the course. We will also read a book of fiction (title to be confirmed). Please wait until the first session before buying your course book.

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • texts on positive outlooks
  • the bicycle and songs about it
  • social media in society
  • how to present in Dutch

Grammar

You will learn and revise:

  • syntax: verbs, indirect objects and direct object
  • more complex adjectives
  • conjunctions
  • passive with modal verbs

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • is the Netherlands really progressive?
  • who was Calvin?
  • Dutch culture
  • expressing and asking for opinion - debating

Grammar

You will learn and revise:

  • prepositional compounds
  • reported speech
  • irregular past tenses
  • usage of ‘er’

Topics

In this term, we will cover:

  • current affairs
  • sustainability
  • influence of other languages on Dutch
  • Dutch and Belgian inventions

Grammar

You will learn:

  • idiomatic expressions;
  • prepositions with verbs
  • relative pronouns

Booking

The 2020-21 course is currently underway. This course will next run in autumn and booking will open in June.

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

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 arrange online Meet the Teacher sessions three weeks before our courses start 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.

Looking for another language or level?

If we don't currently offer the language or level you're looking for, please register your interest with us, and we will get in touch if the course becomes available.

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.