Course Summary

Dutch Elementary 1 is an 18 hour course designed for beginners who wish to learn to speak, read and understand basic Dutch used in everyday situations.

This course gives a solid introduction to the language and culture of the Netherlands. It will prepare students to use simple Dutch with assurance in everyday situations. Listening, speaking, reading and writing skills are taught and the essentials of grammar will be introduced.

Course Sessions

Wednesday, 15th January - 9 classes

Session ID DLV72901C
15 Jan - 11 Mar 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location CAE
Session Fees
$349 / $332 (conc)

Thursday, 13th February - 9 classes

Session ID DLV72902C
13 Feb - 9 Apr 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location CAE
Session Fees
$349 / $332 (conc)

Tuesday, 17th March - 9 classes

Session ID DLV72903C
17 Mar - 12 May 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location CAE
Session Fees
$349 / $332 (conc)

This course focuses on speaking and listening, so you can communicate effectively on everyday topics, such as:

  • meeting people
  • shopping
  • food and drink
  • interests
  • likes and dislikes
  • greetings and introductions
  • family
  • home life
  • small talk over coffee

Grammar explanations are integrated with oral and written activities.

By the end of this course students should be able to:

  • greet people and introduce themselves with confidence;
  • engage in simple conversations and exchange personal information such as name, nationality, address, telephone number;
  • talk about themselves and their families;
  • write personal details: name, nationality, date and place of birth;
  • order drinks and food in a restaurant;
  • read a short dialogue;
  • use simple Dutch to entertain guests;
  • small talk over coffee;
  • have an understanding and appreciation of the values and customs of Dutch-speaking communities.

The topics and learning outcomes may vary slightly from group to group according to learner needs.

No previous experience is required for this course.

Upon successful completion of this course students are both eligible and encouraged to continue by enrolling in Dutch Elementary 2.

Pen and Paper

Textbook: Bruce Donaldson, Colloquial Dutch: A Complete Language Course 3rd Edition, Routledge, 2016.
ISBN: 978-1138124318

Available from:

LANGUAGE INTERNATIONAL, 15 Station Street, Kew East Vic 3102 ph: 9857 0030

Available with companion website access from Georgetown University Press. Companion website access can be purchased by itself.

***Cancellations or postponements are notified 48 hours before class commencement. Please consider this before purchasing class materials***

The course is ideal for people who intend to travel to the Netherlands for business or leisure, or simply would like to learn a new language and gain cultural insights.

Last updated: November 12, 2019 04:37pm