Dutch Elementary Level 1

Common European Framework from 0 to A1






English (US)

Course Details

What do you do if you need a doctor? How can you buy a train or bus ticket? What are the opening hours for shops and what kinds of schools can people attend in the Netherlands? These everyday subjects are dealt with in the Green Book, the textbook for beginners.

The Green Book contains 43 texts. These texts include the 1200 most common words in the Dutch language, the words that you will therefore need to use most often. Lessons are chiefly devoted to conversation practice. This means that within a very short space of time you will be able to converse reasonably well in the Dutch language. The objective is to simultaneously develop listening and speaking skills.

Elementary 1


CEF from 0 to A1.

Study workload

Around 8 hours a week.

Introductory meeting
Before the course starts there will be an introductory meeting. During the introductory meeting you will be told how to work with the Delftse methode and how to prepare for your lessons.


“Nederlands voor Buitenlanders”, tekstboek (het Groene boek), 4th edition 2009.This method is also online available.


Piet is a Dutch national, studied general linguistics at Leyden University, Netherlands. From 1983 till May 2017 he has been teaching Dutch as a second language at Delft University of Technology to students and university employees from outside the Netherlands, as well as to business people. He is a co-author of several text books in the series “The Delft Method”, a method well known in and outside the Netherlands for its unconventional approach of language learning, briefly characterized as a natural way of language learning, “learning by doing”. The text books of he series are used in university and commercial language institutes in as well as outside the Netherlands.

He performed research in order to improve learning materials , focusing on the effectiveness of language exercises, and contributed tot he development of online materials. He assisted at developing Dutch language courses in other institutions. He valued very much supervising teacher trainees and instructed teachers of language institutes on teaching with the “Delft Method”. Currently he contributes to new learning materials, advises teachers in workshops on The Delft Method and provides language training to students.

In his classes, chiefly devoted to speaking, students are challenged to use the language experience while having a normal conversation with each other and the teacher. He is tolerant towards errors initially, overcoming the communication barrier being the main initial goal. Grammatical and lexical correctness and fluency will improve while speaking with and listening to others. Of course feedback will frequently be given. Students will experience from day one: it works.


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