890125 :Nederlands als tweede taal: Beginners (intensief traject)
(Dutch as a Second Language: Beginners (intensive course))

General info

Instruction language Dutch
Type of Instruction Seminar (Lecture schedule)
Type of exams Written and oral test (No data available yet)
Course load:12 ECTS credits
Registration:Enroll via COMAP. See Enrolment by Specifics
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The goal of the course is to introduce students to informal and conversational Dutch. In addition, participants are introduced to Dutch culture in general. At the end of the course, participants will have reached an A2 CEFR level (Common European framework)


Central to this course is the acquisition of a vocabulary (approximately 2300 words) and a solid base for speaking Dutch. As preparation for each session, you individually study one or two texts. These texts provide information on the Netherlands, about subjects considered to be relevant to foreigners, while at the same time providing topics for group discussion. In class, all skills are trained: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. The course aims to improve your general Dutch so academic language use is only partially covered.


  • The Tilburg University Language Center is accredited with the ‘Blik op Werk’ lquality mark. This means that you can attend our intensive courses Dutch as a Second Language with the aid of a DUO-loan.
  • Participants are expected to spend approximately 15 hours on independent study each week. The course makes use of the online version of the "Delftse Methode". A large part of the homework assignments are to be done online. It is important that you have access to a computer and the internet at home. If you do not have a computer with internet access at home, you can use the Tilburg University library computers (for free).
  • The course lasts for 12 weeks and consists of 10 lesson weeks (with two contact hours on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays), and two exam weeks. You will need to spend at least 20 hours on the course. (lessons plus independent study). If you do not have this time or a lower level is sufficient for you, the regular course Dutch as a Second Language: Beginners might be more appropriate.
  • You are obliged to buy the course materials: 'de Delfse Methode' and the reader. You will receive the materials during the first lesson.
  • In order to be allowed to participate in the final exam, you need to have participated in at least 80% of the classes and to have handed in at least 80% of the writing assignments.
  • Learning a language takes time. Apart from attendance and exam preparation, this course has a course load of about 15 hours per week.
  • The number of students in this course is limited. Please make sure to register in time and to fill out a complete registration form.
  • In the event of insufficient enrollments, the Language Center reserves the right to cancel a course.


  • Tilburg University students: COMAP See Information and enrolment for specific dates.
  • Tilburg University employees: Information and enrolment
  • External participants / Tilburg University alumni: Information and enrolment

    Required Prerequisites:

  • Participants must be either Tilburg University students or staff members or external enrollees with qualifications that permit them to enter Dutch higher education.
  • Participants must also be proficient in English.
  • Participants are not required to have any proficiency in Dutch.

Compulsory Reading

  1. Access to online materials, Delftse Methode, Nederlands voor Buitenlanders, zie bijzonderheden/see Specifics.
  2. Tekstboek Delftse Methode, Nederlands voor Buitenlanders, zie bijzonderheden/see Specifics.
  3. Reader Nederlands als Tweede Taal: Beginners, zie bijzonderheden/see Specifics.

Required Prerequisites

See Specifics

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