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Dutch language course – Leiden University

[metaslider id=8842] Beginners A1 – Leiden University

This is a private in-company course for Leiden University – Faculty Governance and Global Affairs. Please find the starting dates and the enrolment button at the bottom of the page.

Level: 0 – A1 CEFR
Group size: Max. 4 students
Duration: 12 weeks, 48 hours
2 lessons of 2 hrs per week + 6 mini lectures about Dutch culture and history
Homework: 2-3 hours per week
Times: Afternoon: 14:00 – 16:00 hrs
Course material: The Beginners A1 course deals with chapter 1 to 12 of the Home in on Holland course book, including:

  • Online course book
  • Grammar explanations and exercises covering the basics of Dutch grammar.
  • Dialogues and stories, building up a vocabulary of about 500 words.
  • A reference grammar.
  • A pronunciation section.
  • Answers to all exercises.
  • A Dutch- English dictionary.




Location of this course: Turfmarkt 99


Twelve weeks Beginners A1 Course

The Beginners A1 course is meant for absolute beginners with no prior knowledge of Dutch. Within twelve weeks, students deal with the basics of Dutch grammar and build up a vocabulary of about 500 words. They learn how to introduce themselves, go shopping, give directions and have simple conversations on every-day subjects. This course is a great way to get familiar with the basics of the Dutch language.


Our classes are based on the direct method. This means that all classes are highly interactive and focus on communication. New words and structures are introduced by means of question and answer series. Dutch is spoken in class from the very first lesson (although some points of grammar may be explained in English to save time). Reading and writing are taught by means of practical (homework) exercises.


At Direct Dutch, we believe that it is impossible to separate a language from its cultural context. There is an important role for Dutch culture throughout our courses. The Beginners A1 course includes a series of 6 short lectures on aspects of Dutch society such as history, geography, politics, arts and media. In the first few weeks these talks/discussions will be in English, but later on they will be held in Dutch.


This course does not require any prior knowledge of Dutch. Knowledge of English is required to attend the Beginners Course.


At the end of the course, there will be a multiple choice test assessing your level of Dutch. Upon handing in this test, you will receive a Direct Dutch certificate, stating you have completed the Beginners A1 (CEFR) course. Please note that the certificate is only a general indicator of the proficiency level. Read more about the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) here.

Starting dates and enrolment Beginners A1

Please enrol in one or both courses, below. We kindly ask you to enrol in both courses if you are available on both options. Only one of the courses will go through, depending on the availability of the group.

Any questions regarding your enrolment can be directed at Zsuzsa Jónás

Please note that there is some flexibility regarding the start and end date of the course, depending on the availability of the group.

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