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Active Dutch is specialised in Dutch beginners courses for English speaking expats. My personal approach will make you feel at ease and keep you motivated to learn Dutch.

Do you feel that learning Dutch is a struggle? Or do you keep postponing? Being an experienced and passionate teacher I will help you to learn Dutch and actually enjoy it.

Incorporating real-life video assignments and interactive games will make your Dutch lessons engaging and fun. My goal is to make you enjoy learning Dutch.

Learning Dutch with a personal touch

ABOUT ME

Anouk van der Linde

I live in Alphen aan den Rijn, a town situated in a rural area, the so-called "Green Heart" of the Netherlands. I am married and I have two children. My hobbies are reading, hockey, watching films and walking our dog George.

I studied English Literature and Linguistics at Leiden University. After my graduation I worked for a publishing firm for a couple of years and I was an English teacher at various secondary schools. Having worked abroad as an English teacher in Ankara, Turkey I can relate to my students who are sometimes struggling to learn Dutch. You can get by speaking English in most countries, but you will feel more at home in a foreign country when you learn the native language.

Since 2011 I have worked as a certified teacher of Dutch as a second language (NT2) and I have been teaching students preparing for the Dutch civic integration exam, expats and students at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. As a teacher I come into contact with people from a variety of cultures. Each course and each student differs. Teaching people Dutch and learning from people with a different background at the same time makes my job very interesting and rewarding.

 

LESSONS

private lessons/ group lessons in Alphen a/d Rijn and online  

PRIVATE LESSONS

in Alphen a/d Rijn

Do you want to learn Dutch to connect better with your partner’s family, make Dutch friends more easily or go shopping without feeling anxious? Based on your needs I will draw up a personal lesson plan for you.

Intake

Before the start of the course I will invite you for an intake interview. During this interview I will discuss your learning goals and availability. The advantage of private lessons is not only that the programme will be completely tailor-made to suit your personal wishes, but you can also learn at your own pace.

GROUP COURSES

in Alphen aan den Rijn on Saturday

If you prefer learning Dutch in a small group and meet new like-minded people, my group courses on Saturday might be ideal for you. These courses are for beginners up to level A2. A good knowledge of English is required, expecially for absolute beginners, because I will give instructions and explain grammar in English.

Method

During class we will focus on speaking. In a small group of maximum six students you will have lots of opportunity to practice speaking. Instead of a traditional teacher-centred lesson, you will be actively engaged in learning.

We will use the book Taaltalent part 1 and 2. You are expected to prepare each lesson with. During the lesson you can practise and after the lessons you can do more exercises to consolidate what you have learnt. In order to get the most out of the course I recommend two to three hours of self-study per week.

Levels

In just 8 Saturdays (20 hours in total, 2,5 hours per lesson) you will learn the basics of the Dutch language and you will learn some interesting things about Dutch culture.

 

There are beginners courses at four different levels:

Dutch Bronze        (0 -> A1-)             absolute beginners

Dutch Silver           (A1 -> A1)            elementary level;

Dutch Gold            (A1 -> A2)            elementary plus;

Dutch Platinum      (-A2 -> A2)           pre-intermediate

 

Course schedule

Dutch Bronze 9.30 – 12.00

Dutch Silver 12.30 – 15.00

Saturday: 19, 26 September
3,10, 17, 24, 31 October

14 November

ONLINE PRIVATE LESSONS

If you don’t have the time to attend a course onsite, online lessons are ideal. Also if you travel abroad a lot, online lessons offer you maximum flexibility. Online lessons are well-suited for practising speaking and listening skills. With the use of screen-sharing and a virtual whiteboard online lessons will be just as effective as lessons in a classroom.

You will not only learn the basics of the Dutch language, but you will also learn interesting things about Dutch culture.

Whether you want to improve your speaking skills to connect with your colleagues at work or your neighbours or whether you want to be able to write a simple note in Dutch, online lessons are very suitable to practise speaking and writing.

 

Intake

Before the start of the course I offer a free intake. In this session we will discuss your learning goals and course schedule. If you already know some Dutch, I will also assess your level of Dutch. Based on your needs I will then draw up a personal lesson plan for you.

 

Method

Private lessons can be given via Skype or Zoom. The number of hours and the material we are going to use depends on your learning style and goals.

ONLINE GROUP COURSES

If you prefer learning Dutch in a small group and meet new like-minded people my online evening courses might be ideal for you. These courses are for beginners up to level A2. A good knowledge of English is required, because especially for absolute beginners I will give instructions and explain grammar in English.

 

Method

During class we will focus on speaking. In a small group of maximum six students you will have lots of opportunity to practice speaking. Instead of a traditional teacher-centred lesson, you will be actively engaged in learning.

We will use the book Taaltalent part 1 and 2. You are expected to prepare. During the lesson you can practise and after the lessons you can do more exercises to consolidate what you have learnt. In order to get the most out of the course I recommend two to three hours of self-study per week.

Levels

For each level you will need 20 hours of tuition. The group courses are once a week, 2 hours per lesson.

 

There are beginners courses at four different levels:

Dutch Bronze         (0    -> A1-)             absolute beginners

Dutch Silver            (A1-  -> A1)            elementary level;

Dutch Gold             (A1 -> A2)              elementary plus;

Dutch Platinum       (-A2 -> A2)             pre-intermediate

 

Course schedule

Starting in the week of 21st September

Monday evening 7.00 – 9.00 pm Dutch Bronze

Tuesday evening 7.00 – 9.00 pm Dutch Silver

Thursday evening 7.00 – 9.00 pm Dutch Bronze

 

Group courses are being offered in the evenings. However, if there are at least 4 students, I can also offer group courses during the day.

 
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prices

PRIVATE LESSONS in Alphen a/d Rijn

Koptekst 1€65ccc

GROUP COURSES in Alphen a/d Rijn

€320,- for 20 hours, excluding the course book (c. €32,-)

5% discount for members of the Facebook group Active Dutch, Leiden Expats and Expats in Alphen a/d Rijn

PRIVATE LESSONS ONLINE

€60 per hour.

Package deal: €55,- per hour if you book a minimum of 20 hours.

€295,- for 20 hours excluding the course book (c. €32,-)

5% dicount for members of the Facebook group Active Dutch, Leiden Expats and Expats in Alphen

 
 

group courses online

What people say

Anouk was teaching me dutch in A1-A2 intermediate level. I really liked to go to the classes because she was always well prepared. We had a lot of interactive games, and beside the topics we had to discuss, she always came up with up to date topics and practical informations about The Netherlands. I find it a very efficient teaching method, as it is very motivating to learn from a nice person who makes the lesson as colorful as possible! 🙂 I hope we meet again sometime, and thank you a lot!

 

Imola Lilla Váradi, Hungary

 
 

CONTACT

Anouk van der Linde
Groenoord 108
2401 AH Alphen a/d Rijn
Nederland

0639669721

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