a proven program: blended learning = online videos + virtual classroom
…then join our courses with the STAP-budget!
(Alternatively: if you learn Dutch as a hobby OR if you learn Dutch while living abroad OR if you learn Dutch to integrate but not for your job: click here)
Bart de Pau Language Courses offers a Dutch language acquisition programme aimed at higher educated expats who want improve their knowledge of Dutch for their professional careers. Two options: virtual classrooms or offline intensive courses.
The entire curriculum is divided into 6 levels from beginner to advanced. With the 1000 euros STAP-budget you can finance 2 levels or 1 extended level.
This programme differs from traditional civic integration (inburgering) programmes:
– the learning pace is high
– the course is aimed at higher educated learners
– who have a strong motivation to learn the language (and are not forced to)
– we use an instruction language (English) in the e-learning materials (in class we try to speak as much as possible in Dutch)
While learning the language, we cover practical and cultural job related issues in our curriculum, such as (but not limited):
– reading a job listing
– writing an application letter
– conducting a job interview
– how to negotiate in Dutch
– how to complete forms
– how to make a purchase
– how to file a complaint
– how to give instructions
– how to answer the phone
– how to manage a conflict situation
– informal communication with colleagues (small talk at the coffee machine)
– the regulations for ‘kennismigranten’
– hierarchy in Dutch organisations
– decision making in Dutch organisations and ‘polderen’
– other aspects of Dutch culture on the work floor
The above mentioned topics are each covered in the corresponding level of language acquisition. For example: answering the phone and giving simple instructions are taught at level 1, the job interview at level 3, and complicated conversation topics about hierarchy in organisations are covered at level 5.
Materials used in this course:
– Het Lesboek – the book that we use in class, based on ‘flipping the classroom’
– ‘Heb je zin?’: a soap opera that covers the story of two Dutch people and two higher educated expats (a cardiologist from the EU and a chemist from outside the EU). The story deals with typical issues that foreigners experience when they come from abroad to work in the Netherlands.
– The self study materials of #dutchgrammar
– Additional course materials that address work related situations
Frequently asked questions
Is this course DIFFERENT than the regular courses offered by Bart de Pau Language Courses?
Our regular programme is already to a high extent aimed at higher educated learners (expats and people abroad who plan to move to the Netherlands) and includes many practical and professional topics.
The STAP-funded groups will have extra course materials aimed at professional situations. And to a certain extent the conversation exercises in class are adapted to this group of learners.
It is common sense that a significant part of the education will be the same for different groups learners. If you learn Dutch for your job, you will conjugate the verbs in exactly the same way as if you’re learning the language for a different reason.
WHICH LEVEL should you book?
Please have a look at our detailed specification of levels, before you enrol.
DETERMINE YOUR LEVEL NOW:
If you don’t know your level, please do the level determination test first. It will give good advice on which level you should enrol if you are going to do the course now.
IF IN DOUBT
Give us a call on +31648074618 after you have done the level test on the website, to help you determine the right level.
It is important to determine the level beforehand. If you sign up with the STAP-budget, it is not allowed to switch levels after approval of the budget: different levels are registrated as different educations and UWV does not allow to switch from one to another education.
Are you ELIGIBLE?
HOW and WHEN to pay?
The STAP-budget will be paid to us directly. As soon as your budget is approved you will receive a payment link for the extras you ordered (for example the book or the accommodation). You can pay online using iDeal or by credit card.
You can’t pay with a credit card/iDeal?
Please contact email@example.com and we’ll provide you with an alternative payment option.
Do you get a CERTIFICATE?
Yes, we issue a certificate, when 80% of the lessons are attended.
What is the value of the certificate?
It will prove your participation. You can show your employer, put it on the wall or on your resume. You can use it as an indication when taking your next level language course.
What it is not:
Our certificate will not exempt you from any exam of the Dutch government, such as the ‘inburgeringsexamen’ (civic integration exam) or the ‘basis examen inburgering buitenland’ (Basic Civic Integration Examination Abroad).
What is the DEADLINE for booking?
What is the DIFFERENCE between a video course and a virtual classroom course?
A video course (like #dutchgrammar) is an automated course = self-study. It’s one-way teaching (transfer of information to the student). A video course has online exercises to practise. You can do it in your own pace (and you might need some self-discipline to really do it).
The advantages of a course in a virtual classroom:
– there is a teacher to ask questions and to motivate you
– there are fellow students to practise speaking Dutch with
– it’s not only theory, it’s also developing skills (speaking/listening)
– it’s very interactive, and has a high social component
– you don’t miss out on the videos: these materials are self study (not inside the virtual classrooms but extra)
– conversation exercises: you will practise conversation (what you’ve learned from the videos)
– if you lack self-discipline, then this is a format where you simply HAVE TO show up (and do the homework)
– you’re with fellow students who all make learning Dutch a priority
– you meet people to hang out with (even online) and practise Dutch outside the classroom