When should you NOT book our course?
We don’t have the goal of selling as much courses as possible. We really want to have the right mix of students, people who are motivated and like our concept. Only that way, we can create together the unique atmosphere of living and studying together, and go for the best learning results.
For this reason, we advise when you should NOT book our courses.
Don’t book our courses if you don’t master English
We use English as the instruction language on the lower levels -> from level 1 to 3 (0 to A2+). Many studies have proven that using an instruction language to explain things is more efficient than full immersion (where the teacher only speaks in Dutch). That doesn’t mean that the teacher only speaks in English, but during instruction she/he will. We strongly believe in this approach. Only on the higher levels 4, 5, R (A2/B1/B2) the teacher speaks only in Dutch.
Secondly, English is the organisation’s language (letters, announcements will be made in English, because we always have beginner groups and we want everybody to understand everything).
Don’t just send someone to our course…
Important remark for employers, parents, spouses and other sponsors…
Most of our students book and pay for this course themselves. The student has found us on the internet… perhaps is using our online materials (learndutch.org) and then decides to do an investment. This is the best possible motivation.
If you are an employer who wants to send an employee, or you are a parent and want to send your child… then please be sure that your employee or child have 100% motivation to learn the language and to do that in our way.
Our whole method is based on the inner motivation of the student to learn Dutch. This is not a strict school system, where students are punished when not doing the homework, or where they need to pass an exam in the end. Our students should have the true desire to learn this language (not because someone else wants this and pays for the course!).
We consider this one of our strongest points. Both students and teachers who had classes at other language schools, confirm that the overall level of motivation of the students is exceptionally high at our program, which boosts the group result.
This is camp for adults, not for children!
We are frequently contacted by parents who want to send their children. Please note: this is a camp for adults, not for children!
There is no supervision.
Those who are under 18 and want to participate, are expected to behave like adults… that means: that one should be able to travel independently, and as our accommodation is based on self catering, one should be able to prepare his/her own meals. Apart from that – our way of teaching is not like a children’s school system. As explained above, it is based on the inner motivation to learn the language: doing homework because you want to learn the language, not because the teacher tells you to do so.
Don’t book this course if you don’t like homework
Our students visit us to learn the language. Our students want results. A very important factor to get results is self study. Count on 3-4 hours per day.
We work with the flipped-classroom principle. That means that each student prepares for the next lesson with our online materials. This way, we can focus on applying the acquired knowledge in class. That makes the lessons more efficient and interactive. It has no sense to come to class without having done the homework.
Don’t book this course if you plan to work at the same time
It is not recommended to work part-time during this course.
Our course is intensive and it requires your full attention. Count on 3-4 hours of homework additional to the hours in class. In the free hours… some rest is also important.
Of course, if it’s just answering mails for 30 minutes/day then it is not a problem.
The majority of our students are higher educated
We don’t have a strict requirement that everybody should have higher education. But people, who spend their holidays learning a language, are usually higher educated. Our students are doctors, programmers, managers, entrepreneurs etc. Our courses have a challenging pace and are designed for higher educated people.
That doesn’t mean that you can’t participate at our courses if you didn’t finish university… If you are lower educated, or you are extremely slow in learning languages… count on spending more time on your homework and a decent preparation prior to the course (with the help of our e-learning package) will definitely help.
If you come for 2 sessions or more, you might think about re-doing a level if the pace is too high, before going to the next level.
We don’t provide assistance in getting a visa
Most nationalities do not need a visa to come to the Netherlands.
If your nationality requires a visa to travel to the Netherlands, please make sure you’re able to arrange a visa. We do not provide visa support, so that means that you need a company or a private person who are able to provide a visa invitation letter and who can guarantee your stay and financial means.
You can’t book this course with a DUO-loan.
The Dutch governments provides loans to learn Dutch (for example to refugees). Our organisation does not have an accreditation by DUO, that means that you can’t use the loan to do our courses. There are many language schools operating on this specific market already. And we like to do our own thing… We want to focus on higher educated people who want to learn the language during their holiday, and we like a mix of all nationalities. We don’t have the capacity to deal with related bureaucratic procedures, as we prefer to spend all our time on creating new and interesting learning materials.
Our courses are very intensive. You meet a lot of new people. During 2 weeks or more you intensively study together, live together and spend time together outside the classes. That may require a lot of energy, also psychologically. We sometimes see that for some people it can be a little overwhelming. And for some people it can be even too much… What one person experiences as a very relaxing language holiday, can cause stress to someone else… It is very difficult for us to tell when you should and should not book a course, but think twice if you have suffered from depressions or psychological disorders…
TIP: be fresh at the start of the course, if possible avoid a jetlag at the start of the course… if you travel from far, consider arriving a bit earlier… and don’t plan that busy work week right before the course (if you can). And the better you are prepared with our online materials… the smoother your start will be. That will give you a good feeling at the beginning of your course.
You don’t find a reason above NOT to book our course? Well, then probably this course is made for you!