The descriptions above help you to determine the right STARTING level. But what to expect from the level you have AFTER a course? (on the condition that you attend all the classes and you spend the required time on the homework)
Beginner and follow up course:
– When you start at zero level, you may expect level A1 after 2 weeks.
– When you start at A1 level, you may expect level A2 after 2 weeks.
Our Amsterdam course is a more intensive than Drenthe (25 vs 20 ac. hours/week). You can expect to master the same content. The extra hours in Amsterdam are spent on extra acquiring conversation skills.
Follow up plus A2/B1:
In general – to go from A2 to B1, you need about 120-200 hours of study. In Drenthe we have split up this level into 2 blocks: “part 1” and “part 2”, which are successive (4 weeks in total). In Amsterdam – this is just 1 block (2 weeks). Therefore the end level after 4 weeks in Drenthe is higher, than after 2 weeks in Amsterdam.
The names of the courses “B1/B2” and “B2/C1” refer to the level on which the course is given (with the goal to group students of the same level). Please note, it does not indicated that when you start at B1 you finish at B2 (which requires a much larger time frame of studying).
Other factors that influence the result:
– you know the German language
– you are talented in learning foreign languages
– you speak only Dutch outside the classes during the course
– you don’t attend the classes / you don’t do the homework
– you never studied another foreign language
– you have a bad command of English (instruction language)
– you continue your job during the course (or other things that consume much time/energy)