Online classes

Online classes

If you do not live close to one of our school locations, or if you are not available on Saturday mornings, but still would like to follow our Dutch lessons, our online private or small group lessons (3-5 students) are the perfect solution. We offer online classes for primary and secondary school students as well as for students up to age 18 who speak little or no Dutch.

We also offer online lessons for adults and have developed a special program for children who move back to the Netherlands or Belgium who need to be prepared for education in the Netherlands or Belgium within a short period of time, regardless of their Dutch language level.

We are also proud of our special online curriculum 'Learn Dutch together with your child'.

Our online group lessons are taught in small groups where the social aspect and interaction play an important role. Our groups consist of a minimum of three and a maximum of five students. The students learn together which positively influences language development. In this way, they also keep in touch with other Dutch-speaking peers in the area. Our classes are live via zoom with one of our professional online teachers.

Our private lessons are one-to-one lessons and are given by our professional and experienced teachers, whereby we can fully adapt the teaching program to the student and his/her level. This allows the student to make great progress in a short period of time.

Cost: click here to learn more about our tuition.

Hybrid education

The school is currently looking into the possibility of offering hybrid classes. If you are interested, please contact Laura Ligthart at lligthart@dutchschoolsocal.org.

Dutch as a Foreign Language

Ages 4-18

Objective: These courses are aimed at students ages 4-18 who have little or no knowledge of the Dutch language at the start and get them going up to intermediary or even advanced level.

During the interactive small group lessons or private lessons, emphasis is placed on oral skills, grammar and conversation, so that the students can communicate in Dutch with Dutch-speaking family members and friends, or find a good connection in the Netherlands or Belgium should they later decide to study, work or live there.

Groups: 5-7 years (sometimes younger), 8-10 years, 10-15 years, 16+ years.

Where and when: The online group classes are held during the week after-school times or on Saturday morning.

Language level: No prior knowledge of the Dutch language is required. If you have prior knowledge you can join one of the existing intermediary groups.

Additional possibility: Continuation to our Native Speaker classes or obtaining the Seal of Biliteracy (see next column "native speakers")

Native Speakers

Ages 4-18

Objective: This course ensures that Dutch and Belgian children keep their culture and language, so that they can quickly fit in with Dutch language education upon their return. We offer different learning years and levels.

Levels: primary, secondary and high school

Teaching method: Ik ben Bas, Kleuterplein, Veilig Leren Lezen, Taalactief, Nieuw Nederlands.

When and where: These classes are held during the week on after-school times.

Language level: thorough knowledge of the Dutch language which if spoken at home.

Additional possibility: Obtaining the Certificate of Foreign Language (CNaVT) at the age of 16 (sometimes earlier) and the Seal of Biliteracy in the last year of High School (in over 40 US states) and get credits or exemptions for college.



Dutch as a Foreign Language

Adults

Objective: The focus of these classes is on conversation and pronunciation, in addition to basic grammar. Our classes aim at achieving good oral language skills using different themes and situations.

Levels: Elementary (A1), Low intermediate (A2), Advanced (B1-C1)

Teaching method: Contact

Where and when: The online group classes are held on weekday evenings at 7.30 p.m. or on Sunday mornings at 10a.m. Private lessons are also possible.

Language level: No prior knowledge of the Dutch language is required for the beginners level.

Additional possibility: Obtaining the Certificate of Foreign Language (CNaVT).



If you live far away from a Dutch Language and Culture school or if you are looking for a more personal concept, our online private or semi-private lessons are an option.

For more information and to register for all our classes please contact our school director, Laura Ligthart, at lligthart@dutchschoolsocal.org.

Extra information on online classes

  • We always try to adjust the classes as much as possible to the schedule of the students.

  • Online lessons take place via Zoom.

  • We offer lessons during the week as well as on Saturday or Sunday mornings. If the time is not convenient, private lessons are also possible.

  • All our students (online or at the school locations) can always participate in our cultural activities. We participate in many fun events, such as ice skating, our annual trip to LA Galaxy, King's day, potlucks, other festivals and Dutch and flemish cultural events. You can truly be part of our Dutch-speaking community!

If you are interested in our small group classes or private lessons, please contact our Managing Director Laura Ligthart via lligthart@dutchschoolsocal.org.

References

A father about our online classes for secondary education

"We have two sons aged 11 and 12. The youngest is in 7th and the oldest is in the 1st year of secondary school at Dutch "HAVO" level. We were planning to have the boys do Dutch only until group 8, but when the possibility was offered to continue, we decided to join. The teaching methods Taalactief from Malmberg and Nieuw Nederlands from Noordhoff are very well constructed and the fact that Nieuw Nederlands is completely digital makes this method very accessible.

We see that the extra investment in language education is good for learning other languages. They develop more feeling for language. We also want to keep the possibility open for them to go to a Dutch university or college in the future and to follow lessons in Dutch. Of course it is also nice that they can talk easily with their grandparents and their Dutch friends. Finally, they are always happy and cheerful when they come out of class. The teachers are very professional, very involved with our children and make every lesson a party. Dutch lessons are absolutely no punishment for them. I can recommend this to everyone!"

A father about our online classes for 5-7 year olds

"For my son a bridge to his native country and for me back to stroopwafels and windmills every week ...... so much fun and educational!"