Methodes and books

More important than the choice of a book or a method is your mindset. If you take the decision: ´I want to learn (better) Dutch and now is the time´: things will be easy. No matter which book or method you chose. Learning a language is, in my opinion, in the first place an attitude.

Language contacts
Language-contacts are important: Watching TV, listening to the radio, reading a newspaper or a story, and talking in Dutch to your neighbours (they might not be as boring as you think) and in shops. When learning a language, mistakes are necessary. Some learners would prefer not to speak before they have studied all the grammar and vocabulary. Understandable, but not very productive. I will help you to talk Dutch in every stage of your learning process.

There a some very good and helpful books and methods to support you. Which book is the best for you, depends on your goals and your preferences.

A few examples of books that I like: Code+ 1, 2 and 3, Nederlands in Gang (A2), In Zicht (B1), Nederlands in Actie (B1), De Finale (B2),Taalpingpong, Beter Nederlands Spreken.
In addition to the method we use, I will make a lot of relevant online material and exercises available to you.

Flipping the classroom
I like to work according to the principles of´flipping the classroom´. It means: as a preparation for the lessons, students watch (homework) instructive clips about relevant grammatical information, and practice and study new vocabulary. As a result we will have extra time during the lessons for speaking, explanation and individual questions or requests.
I create my own materials for the lessons, to really help individual students with their individual problems.

No method at all!
For people with level around B1, I offer other ways to practice: conversation lessons (tailor made, with feedback and exercise), Dutch literature: discussing a book that we read together, or reading and discuss fragments from modern Dutch Literature.

Quizlet is an important tool for me. It is a great way to practice and study new vocabulary and irregular verbs. I create free study-sets and a Quizlet account is also free.

Yes, homework is part of the deal. No miracles will happen unless you do your work! I would say: doing these lessons will take you 3-5 hours of homework every week. But is not so bad. Quizlet is a very nice tool, the online exercises are both helpful and necessary. And you will experience the progress that you make in your daily life.

Interviewing Dutchies
Apart from that I will provide you with the challenge to interview Dutch speaking persons regurlaly: neighbours, friends, collegues. We will prepare the interviews during the lessons and evaluate your experience afterwards. It´s fun and informative! The interviews will help you to feel more confident when you speak Dutch.