Dear former AMSU-student,

What’s wrong with this sentence?

“De apen hebben een gezelige avond.”

Obviously it’s simple, ‘gezellig’ is missing an ‘l’.

The monkeys are having a very ‘gezellige’ night; but the Amsterdam Summer University is not so gezellig without you. Do join us and immerse yourself again in the Dutch language and culture.

Are you ready for the next level?

The Institute for Dutch Language Education (INTT), Universiteit van Amsterdam and The Amsterdam Summer University (AMSU) present the 2019 season of the Intensive Dutch Language Course.

Why this language course?

Some reasons why you should consider applying to this course.

  • Applicants get a serious and exciting professional experience
  • A proven methodology is part of the success
  • This course only takes a few weeks
  • Working in small groups
  • Get to know locals and international newcomers
  • Broad diverse cultural program in Amsterdam
  • After successful completion you receive a certificate from the University of Amsterdam

The course fee for this program is € 1.195,-

Apply for this course

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Brief introduction of the levels offered

Level 1: Absolute Beginners: For students without any knowledge of Dutch whatsoever.

Level 2: Beginners: For students who do understand some Dutch but are (almost) incapable of making themselves understood in Dutch.

Level 3: Pre-intermediate: For students with a global understanding of simple everyday Dutch, capable of making themselves understood in simple everyday Dutch that is still full of mistakes.

Level 4: Intermediate: For students with a reasonable understanding of simple everyday Dutch and of Dutch used in the media, capable of making themselves understood in simple everyday Dutch with many mistakes.

Level 5: Pre-Advanced: For students with a good understanding of everyday Dutch and of Dutch used in the media. Capable of making themselves understood in everyday Dutch but with quite a few mistakes.

Level 6: Advanced: For those who have a thorough understanding of everyday Dutch and a good understanding of Dutch at an academic level. They can express themselves in spoken and written Dutch in most everyday and professional situations but still make systematic mistakes.

Those who have no problems understanding Dutch at an academic level are too advanced for these courses. This program is NOT meant for foreigners intending to do a regular 4 year-study at the University of Amsterdam. 

Language of instruction 

In the course for absolute beginners the language of instruction is English and Dutch. In the other courses, the language being used in the classroom is mainly or exclusively Dutch. 

Capacity 

Participants will be divided in groups of 14-18 persons according to the result of the assessment on the first day (please read below).  

Formation of groups

Registration Sunday 4th of August.

On the first day of the course (Monday the 5th of August 2019) each participant’s level of command of the Dutch language will be assessed to make sure everyone is placed in the appropriate group. If there are two or more groups on the same level, the groups will be formed as homogeneous as possible. In order to get familiar with the building and the language laboratory a guided tour will be part of the first day. If necessary, groups will be reshuffled after one or two weeks.  

Workload

The course lasts for three weeks. It involves four hours of teaching a day. The lessons are scheduled between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. every day, apart from the Wednesdays in the 2nd and 3rd week. Participants are expected to do two or three hours of homework every day.

Location

All lectures are given in buildings of the University of Amsterdam, located in the historic centre of Amsterdam.

Course fee & Application

The course fee (€ 1195) covers all study material during the course (but not the textbooks mentioned below) and the pass for the language laboratory. Due to great demand for this course only immediate payment will secure your participation in this course. Reservations are not possible. 

Register and pay here!

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Welcome reception 

The complementary welcome reception will take place on Sunday 4th of August 2019 between 3-5 pm in a location to be announced in Amsterdam city centre. Lessons will start on Monday, 5th of August 2019 with the level assessment test. 

Certificate

On completion of the course a certificate of attendance will be given.

Description of the six levels of this course

Absolute beginners

For those without any knowledge of Dutch whatsoever.

Contents/Objectives
The main objectives of the course are: 
a) to help participants acquire a basic vocabulary of Dutch 
b) to enable participants to globally understand simple spoken and written Dutch 
c) to teach participants to make themselves understood in elementary spoken and written Dutch

Textbook
Heijne, N.C. e.a., CODE+ deel 1: 0-A1 / Basisleergang Nederlands voor anderstaligen, ThiemeMeulenhoff, Amersfoort 2018. ISBN 9789006978308 (textbook + voucher). Let op: derde druk, eerste oplage, 2018

Classroom activities
– watching video fragments; 
– listening to audio fragments;
– preparatory exercises for communicative tasks; 
– communicative exercises 

Beginners

For those who do understand some Dutch but are (almost) incapable of making themselves understood in Dutch.
Contents/Objectives
The main objectives of the course are: 
a) to help participants acquire a basic vocabulary of Dutch 
b) to enable participants to globally understand simple spoken and written Dutch 
c) to teach participants how to make themselves understood in elementary spoken and written Dutch

Textbook
Heijne, N.C. e.a., CODE+ deel 2: A1-A2 / Basisleergang Nederlands voor anderstaligen, ThiemeMeulenhoff, Amersfoort 2018. ISBN 9789006978339 (textbook + voucher). Let op: derde druk, eerste oplage, 2018

Classroom activities
– watching video fragments; 
– listening to audio fragments;
– preparatory exercises for communicative tasks; 
– communicative exercises

Pre-intermediate

For those with a global understanding of simple everyday Dutch, capable of making themselves understood in simple everyday Dutch that is still full of mistakes.
Contents/Objectives
The aim of the course is:
a) to help participants to extend a basic vocabulary of Dutch
b) to enable participants to understand simple spoken and written Dutch 
c) to teach participants how to make themselves understood, in speech as well as in writing

Textbook
Heijne, N.C. e.a., CODE+ deel 3: A2-B1 / Basisleergang Nederlands voor anderstaligen, ThiemeMeulenhoff, Amersfoort 2018. ISBN 9789006978360 (textbook + voucher). Let op: derde druk, eerste oplage, 2018

Classroom activities
– watching video fragments; 
– listening to audio fragments;
– preparatory exercises for communicative tasks; 
– communicative exercises

Intermediate

For students with a reasonable understanding of simple everyday Dutch and of Dutch used in the media, capable of making themselves understood in simple everyday Dutch with many mistakes.

Contents/Objectives
The aim of the course is:
a) to help participants to extend a basic vocabulary of Dutch
b) to enable participants to understand simple spoken and written Dutch in a variety of familiar contexts
c) to teach participants how to make themselves understood, in speech as well as in writing

Textbook
Heijne, N.C. e.a., CODE+ deel 3: A2-B1 / Basisleergang Nederlands voor anderstaligen, ThiemeMeulenhoff, Amersfoort 2018. ISBN 9789006978360 (textbook + voucher). Let op: derde druk, eerste oplage, 2018

Classroom activities
– watching video fragments; 
– listening to audio fragments;
– preparatory exercises for communicative tasks; 
– communicative exercises

Pre-Advanced

For students with a good understanding of everyday Dutch and of Dutch used in the media. Capable of making themselves understood in everyday Dutch but with quite a few mistakes.
Contents/Objectives
The aim of the course is:
a) to help participants to extend their vocabulary of Dutch
b) to enable participants to understand simple spoken and written Dutch in a variety of contexts
c) to improve their basic writing and speaking skills.

Textbook

Heijne, N.C. e.a., CODE+ deel 4: B1-B2 / Basisleergang Nederlands voor anderstaligen, ThiemeMeulenhoff, Amersfoort 2018. ISBN 9789006978391 (textbook + voucher). Let op: derde druk, eerste oplage, 2018

Classroom activities 
– listening to audio fragments; 
– watching video fragments; 
– discussion of written texts; 
– studying Dutch grammar with follow-up exercises; 
– speaking and writing exercises;
– conversation

Advanced

For those who have a thorough understanding of everyday Dutch and a good understanding of Dutch at an academic level. Participants can express themselves in spoken and written Dutch in most everyday and professional situations but still make systematic mistakes.

Contents/Objectives

The aim of the course is: To improve participants’ writing and speaking skills. Some attention will be paid to reading, listening and extending vocabulary.

Textbook

Heijne, N.C. e.a.,  CODE+ deel 4: B1-B2 / Basisleergang Nederlands voor Anderstaligen, ThiemeMeulenhoff, Amersfoort 2018. ISBN 9789006978391 (textbook + voucher). Let op: derde druk, eerste oplage, 2018 

Classroom activities

– listening to audio fragments
– watching video fragments
– discussion of written texts
– studying Dutch grammar with follow-ups exercises
– speaking and writing exercises
– conversation

Course admission

Admission: € 1195

The course fee includes the pass for the language laboratory at the course location and all course materials but DOES NOT include the textbooks. More info and questions: office@amsu.edu

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