Direct Dutch online classes offer the same high quality and the same amount of teacher-student interaction as our regular in-house courses:
– The same approved Direct Dutch teaching method;
– Live virtual classroom lessons via Zoom, with a teacher and a maximum of 6 students;
– Real time audio and video;
– Smaller groups with a maximum of 6 students (compared to 8 in our regular classes);
– Room to ask questions, practise your speaking skills and interact with- and listen to other students;
– Interactive tools: virtual whiteboard, screen sharing, document sharing, real time notes and more;
– Digital course material, provided by email (or you can pick up your book at Direct Dutch Institute);
– The online lessons are live and interactive, and will not be recorded.
Course structure online courses
Our online classes offer the same format and structure as our classical courses. The classes are based the Direct (Dutch) teaching method: they are highly interactive with a 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 (grammar will be explained in English when necessary). For our online classes we have changed the group size from 8 to 6. Reading and writing are taught by means of practical (homework) exercises.
Homework and test (online)
Homework can be sent to the teacher by email and will be corrected by the teacher prior to the lessons. Additional exercises can be made in the digital learning environment (Moodle), which all students have access to. This digital learning environment allows students to:
- make exercises;
- listen to conversations;
- look up words in the dictionary;
- reread grammar explanations.
Certificates online courses
Students who participated in a Direct Dutch online course, and who finished the test at the end of the course, will receive a Direct Dutch certificate, stating their level of Dutch.
At Direct Dutch, we use the levels of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) to denote the levels of our courses. Read more about the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) here.
The level on a language certificate is always a general indicator of the proficiency level of the individual student. For example. Some students might be more confident expressing themselves in Dutch than other students, after taking the same course. This might have to do with language background, individual learning styles and interests.
Recording of online lessons
Because of the way our course is designed, we do not record the (live) online lessons. Even though the course takes place online, we still consider it a classical course with ‘live’ attendance by its students.
Our teachers often make notes during the lessons which relate to the questions asked by students and is then shared afterwards.