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Language courses Dutch for non-native speakers 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.

Outside class, you will carry out several speaking assignments. In addition to the feedback received in class, you will receive individual feedback at four specific moments. Based on this feedback, you can continue to work on your personal focus points. This way, you will learn to speak in a new manner both within and outside of class.

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 € 310
Other students: € 250 UG PhDs' and postdocs using the 30% tax facility: € 142.50
Other: € 285

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.

Group Size

A maximum of 16 students.

Course Material

The course material is compulsory and must be purchased by the student.

  • Beter Nederlands spreken
    Marilene Gathier, Marieke Goedegebure
    ISBN: 9789046905005 (1st edition)
    Price: € 33.95

Along with this book you will receive an individual code for a website offering complementary exercises, spoken text fragments, movies and songs. You will need access to the website to be able to adequately participate in the course. The codes can be bought separately via the publisher Coutinho.

Where can I buy the book?

  • With your DUO-loan (for persons integrating). You cannot select the book during registration. Instead, the Language Centre will send you an e-mail after registration, asking you if you want to purchase the book via your DUO-loan. Please do not buy the book yourself!
  • At your local bookstore, or online bookstores such as Coutinho and When buying a regular book online, please note the delivery time to ensure that you receive the book on time.
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