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Language courses Dutch Speaking and writing skills

Conversational Dutch up to B1

Duration: 4-6 weeks.
Studyload: 16 contact hours, approximately 16 hours of homework.
Audience: Those who have taken a Level B1 course at the Language Centre or have reached a comparable level of proficiency (CEFR level B2).

Course content

Do you want to learn to speak Dutch more easily or fluently, and would you like some help in taking your speaking skills to the next level? Then look no further – this is the course for you!

In this course, we will work on improving your speaking skills by discussing a variety of topics in a number of interactive ways. The course aims to help you to speak more fluently and confidently. Other exercises are intended to improve your understanding and, of course, you will work on your grammar and vocabulary as well. Due to the nature of the course, grammar is not explicitly covered but you will learn by doing.

In addition to feedback in class, you will receive feedback at four specific moments. Based on this feedback, you can continue to work on your personal focus points.

Your Level > Office Hour

If you want to register for a course at this level and you have not followed a course with the Language Centre before, you must visit the office hour. You can only register for this course if you have been given the matching advice.

Course location

We are offering this course both on location in Groningen and via our online classroom, Blackboard Collaborate. Register for the group of your choice via the course catalogue.

Schedule and registration

View the timetable and registration information in our course catalogue.


Student Discount Full
UG students: € 0 UG PhDs' and postdocs not using the 30% tax facility: € 0 € 290
Other students: € 235 UG PhDs' and postdocs using the 30% tax facility: € 135
Other: € 270

Compensation for UG students and staff

The University of Groningen partly or wholly pays for conversational courses up to B1 for international students, PhDs' and postdocs. Read if this applies to you and how you can register here.

Course Material

  • Beter Nederlands spreken
    Marilene Gathier, Marieke Goedegebure
    ISBN: 9789046905005 (1st edition)
    Price: € 29.95

The course material is compulsory and must be purchased by the student. The book can be purchased as an e-book or regular book at your local bookstore, or online bookstores such as Coutinho and When purchasing a regular book online, pay attention to the delivery time to ensure that you receive the book on time.

Are you a newcomer (civic integration) and are you paying for the course with your DUO loan? In that case, you do not have to purchase the book yourself. You will receive a message from the Language Centre about the course materials after you have registered.

Group Size

A maximum of 16 students.

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