DUTCH LANGUAGE COURSE IN NATURE
Good news for those who feel they want to boost their Dutch language skills and spend more time in nature. Together with Taalservice Leiden we are organizing an intensive and active Dutch language course in one of the most beautiful national parks of the Netherlands, Weerribben-Wieden. In the morning you’ll have Dutch classes and in the afternoon we’ll explore the National Park and its surroundings together. If you already know the basics of the Dutch language and you’d like to work on your speaking/ active use of vocabulary, Dutch sentence structure and gain more confidence in speaking – this week is for you! During this week we’ll stick to Dutch as much as possible, so you’ll have every opportunity to improve your Dutch language skills.
You’ll start your day with Dutch classes (8.30am-1pm). To make sure you make the most out of the lessons, Taalservice Leiden, with over 16 years of experience in giving Dutch lessons, has tailored a fun and practical program especially for this week. The program emphasizes on real life situations and has a high focus on conversation. Through speaking exercises/ games you will improve your pronunciation, gain more confidence in speaking and you’ll learn how to apply the rules of Dutch sentence structure in all kinds of sentences. The group is kept small, max 12 students, so there is a lot of space to ask questions and for personal feedback. In short, it is a week in which you can really boost your Dutch language skills.
Language level: The level of the course is A2/B1 of the CEF, with level A2 being a min. required level for participation. Upon registration, you will receive a short intake document and a placement test.
Certificate: At the end of the course you’ll receive a certificate issued by language school Taalservice Leiden, stating your reached language level and what you’ve learned during the course.
NATIONAL PARK WEERRIBBEN-WIEDEN
We are staying in one of the most beautiful national parks of the Netherlands, Weerribben-Wieden. Thanks to the human hands of peat(turf) diggers and reed cutters, a beautiful landscape full of lakes, waterways, reed lands, peat forests and quaking bogs was created. This water abundant area is the habitat of hundreds of extraordinary plants and animals. One of the rare inhabitants is the otter, also the symbol of the Weerribben-Wieden.
The best way to experience the atmosphere of the Weerribben-Wieben is on foot or from the water. It is amazing to canoe through this gorgeous area in peace and quiet. You will see many kinds of waterfowl and insects, and with a bit of luck you may even spot an otter among the vegetation in the water and on the banks.
Besides walking and canoeing there is a lot more to do in this beautiful area. We will leave it up to the weather and our energy what the exact program will be. Of course we’ll speak Dutch on all of our adventures.
DAY 1: Arrival
Exciting! Today is the very first evening of the Dutch language course. There are no lessons yet. We have a relaxed evening to get to know each other and to settle into our accommodation. Arrival time: 8.00pm
DAY 2: Morning lesson and visit the market of Steenwijk
After breakfast the Dutch lesson with Katerina, our experienced and enthusiastic teacher, starts (8.30am – 1pm). In the afternoon we’ll walk to Steenwijk, a nearby city, where we visit the local market.
DAY 3-6: Morning lessons and nature activities
In the morning you’ll start with Dutch lessons (8.30am – 1pm). The afternoon is free so you can study, do some homework, relax or explore the area with us. Two beautiful and varied guided walks in the forest are included. We can make the week as active as we like. There is a lot to do in the area: stand up paddle boarding, cycling, chilling in the swimming pool, a visit to Giethoorn, etc.
DAY 7: Free day or canoe safari in the Weerribben-Wieden
During the week there will be one free day without a Dutch lesson. On this day you can either take it easy or join us for a relaxing and beautiful canoe safari in the Weeribben-Wieden. Which day this will be depends on the weather.
DAY 8: Morning lesson and goodbye
Already the last morning of the Dutch language week in nature. After checkout, you will have your last Dutch lesson from 8.30am – 1pm.
We are staying in de Bult, in the middle of the forest. Our cosy accommodation consists of three buildings. One building is the living area/ teaching room and in the two other buildings are the bedrooms. There are several twin rooms and we also have some traditional Dutch “cupboard beds” (bedstedes) in which you can stay alone.
WHAT IS INCLUDED?
24 hours of Dutch lessons (30 academic hours)
7 nights in a twin room or in a cupboard bed (traditional bedstee)
2 guided walks through forests and heather fields(10-15km)
Visit to the market of Steenwijk
Neatly made beds on arrival
Great social atmosphere
Tea and coffee during the lessons (except on the last day)
Transportation to the accommodation
Lesson materials EUR 10,-
Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Notebook and pens
REVIEWS TAALSERVICE LEIDEN
Taalservice Leiden is a language school with over 16 years of experience. Your teacher for this week will be Katerina.
Kat is extremely enthusiastic about her job and one can literally feel that she truly loves what she is doing. She inspired me to learn Dutch and her classes helped me tremendously in overcoming the language speaking barrier. Each time after a lesson I remember feeling energized and rejoiced. Overall, I would highly recommend Kat as a Dutch tutor. She is able to build a wonderful rapport with people of all ages! – Victoria, student –
Kat is an inspirational teacher who helped me develop my Dutch, and the confidence to speak it, enormously. Kat listened to my priorities (to speak and understand Dutch primarily, rather than write and read), and designed lessons that were fun and lead to real results – taking me from a lower intermediate speaker who used Dutch rarely, to an intermediate speaker who speaks Dutch often. I cannot recommend Kat highly enough! – James, student –
Kat teaches in a way that made the class feel at ease speaking, answering questions, and discussing in Dutch without fear of being made to feel bad for any faults. Because of the small groups in class, Kat is able to tailor teaching to each student’s individual needs – I often felt challenged to push my knowledge further, but did not fear getting things wrong. This was excellent for how I learn. I learned a lot and came away feeling that my Dutch knowledge progressed a lot faster than it would’ve without Kat’s lessons. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her classes to anyone seeking to further their Dutch knowledge. – Thomas, student –
Katerina is an excellent teacher. She is a perfectly open-minded teacher, with enthusiasm for the teaching subject. Her cheerful personality in combination with her inexhaustible knowledge of the Dutch language, make her courses enjoyable, but at the same time very effective. I had some lessons with other institutes as well, but I could clearly see the difference in improvements when I studied with Katerina. I would definitely recommend Katerina to anyone who is either beginner, or advanced in Dutch! – Georgios, student –
Kat is a great teacher, patient and focusing on involving everyonein the group. She is supportive and flexible with arrangement to suit her students’ needs. Lessons were fun and informative with different techniques used to strengthen understanding. – Margaret, student –
BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER
At the reception we can order fresh bread for breakfast. For lunch and dinner, we can decide whether we’d like to go out or eat in our cosy accommodation. The accommodation has a well equipped kitchen.
HOW TO GET THERE
We are staying in De Bult (close to Steenwijk). If you come by public transportation you can take the train to Steenwijk. From there we can organize a single timed transfer to the accommodation (15 minutes one way). Costs EUR 5,- (not included in the week)
To get to the accommodation we carpool (and share fuel) as much as possible. Closer to week a carpool google doc will be made in which people can offer their ride.