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?

For this level, you should have a good basic knowledge of the Dutch language and its grammar.

This course is made up of three parts. If you’ve studied Dutch for around two years or 120 hours, you should start with Part 1. For those who’ve studied more than this, 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 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 lower intermediate 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 lower intermediate level:

    • Part 1 is for you if you have studied Dutch for around two years or 120 hours
    • Part 2 is for you if you have completed Part 1, or if you have studied Dutch for about 140 hours
    • Part 3 is for you if you have completed Parts 1 and 2, or if you have studied Dutch for about 160 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

    We will use Nederlands in Actie throughout the course. However, please wait until the first session before buying your course book. We will also use the tutor's own materials.

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

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

    Topics

    In this term, we will cover:

    • jobs
    • travelling and living abroad
    • describing your feelings
    • talking about daily life

    Grammar

    You will learn:

    • syntax (e.g. sentence structure of a main clause versus a relative clause)
    • conjunctions (e.g. want, omdat, terwijl, tenzij)
    • verbs in the present, past continuous and perfect tense
    • adjectives (comparative and superlative forms)
    • prepositions (e.g. vanaf, achter, over)
    • separable verbs (e.g. aankomen > Hij komt morgen aan.)

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

    Topics

    In this term, we will cover:

    • relationships
    • education
    • Dutch and Belgian traditions, customs and culture
    • expressing and asking for opinions, debating

    Grammar

    You will learn:

    • prepositional compounds (e.g. achterin, bovenaan, tussenin)
    • reported speech (e.g. Sofie zei dat Tom niet kon komen.)
    • relative pronouns (die/dat, wie/wat, wiens/wier)
    • om te construction
    • usage of er

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

    Topics

    In this term, we will cover:

    • talking about plans and intentions
    • sports and other leisure activities in Belgium and the Netherlands
    • social and political issues
    • comparing systems (e.g. healthcare, jobseeker’s allowance, elections) in your own country with the Dutch and Belgian ones

    Grammar

    You will learn:

    • pronominal adverbs (e.g. waarmee, waarover)
    • idiomatic expressions (Belgian Dutch versus Netherlandic Dutch differences)
    • word order
    • the passive (e.g. De les wordt door de leraar gegeven.)

    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.