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Office Hours

It is important you enroll in a course at the right level. Therefore we urge you to have your level tested during our open office hours or to make an appointment. For some courses, visiting the office hour is obligatory. During a short conversation, you will receive advice about the starting level and (if applicable) the intensity of your course.

If you choose not to do this (or if you ignore the advice given), and it appears you are not in the right course, we cannot accept any responsibility. In such cases, we will try to place you in a course at the appropriate level, but this may prove impossible. Should you then wish to stop following the course, our cancellation regulations apply.

Where and When?

  • Please report to:
    The Language Centre Secretary's Office
    First floor of the Harmonie building
    Oude Kijk in 't Jatstraat 26, Groningen
    (wing 1315, room 0129)
  • Office Hours for Dutch are held at fixed times.
  • Office hours for English, Spanish and other Modern Languages are by appointment only.
  • Shortly before the start of our courses, extra office hours are held.
  • During school holidays and due to unforeseen circumstances, times may change or office hours may be cancelled. We therefore recommend to check our website before going to an office hour.

Advice about Dutch and English course levels is binding.
Advice about course levels of other languages is urgent.

Office Hours


Dutch Courses - Office Hours

Open office hours (no appointment needed)

  • Mondays and Thursdays, 13:30-14:30
  • At an office hour, the teacher will give a binding advice about your Dutch level.

Who should go to the office hours?

  • If you want to register for a Dutch course and have not taken a Language Centre Dutch course before.
  • If it has been more than one year since you received an advice from one of our teachers.

Who should not go to the office hours?

  • If you are a student or staff member of the University of Groningen and want to take a Dutch course at CEFR level 1A (0>A1) or CEFR level 1 (0>A2), you can register immediately without having your level tested.
  • If you have already taken a Language Centre Dutch course, you can register using the advice card the teacher gave you at the end of the course. Please note: if it has been more than one year since you received an advice from one of our teachers you should visit the office hour!

Civic integration / DUO loan

When you visit the Dutch office hours, please bring the letter in which DUO approves your loan. The Language Centre needs this letter as soon as possible, because we need ample time to complete your registration. For all future courses that you register for, you must present the most recent overview of your DUO grant.

Advice about your level

At the end of a course or office hour, the teacher will give a binding advice about continuing your Dutch courses at the Language Centre. You cannot register for a level that is higher or more intensive than stated on this card.

  • If your results are satisfactory, you will usually be given the advice to continue with a regular course at a higher level.
  • If your results are good to very good, you may be given the advice to follow a semi-intensive course.
  • If your results are excellent, you may be given the advice to follow an intensive course.
  • If you did not pass the course, the teacher may recommend you repeat the same level or transfer to a different institution. This may occur if the teacher feels that our methods do not match your way of learning a language.

English Courses - Office Hours

Office hours (by appointment only)

Writing skills office hour

  • Bachelor's, (Research) Master's and PhD students who are considering taking a writing skills course are requested to send a text to Mr Wim Tommassen (w.c.j.tommassen@rug.nl) before they go to the office hour. The text of approximately 400 words should be (part of) a paper or explain their research topic, and should be written for a general audience. You will receive a response by e-mail, going to the office hour will therefore not be necessary most of the time.

Telephone office hour (by appointment only)

  • To make an appointment for the telephone office hour, please contact englishsection@rug.nl. Please mention your Skype name or Dutch telephone number.

Who should go to the office hours?

  • If you have not taken a Language Centre English course before.

Who should not go to the office hours?

  • If you have already taken a Language Centre English course, you can register online using the advice card the teacher gave you at the end of the course.

Spanish Courses - Office Hours

You do not need to go to the office hour if you want to take a beginners Spanish course (CEFR level 0>A1 or 0>A2 course).

If you want to register for a higher level and you have not previously taken a course at the Language Centre, you can visit the office hour to discuss with a teacher which course would suit you best (but this is not mandatory). Please note that you can already register for the course you are interested in. Office hours are by appointment only and take place shortly before the start of the courses. Book your appointment online:


German and French Courses - Office Hours

Office hours for the French and German language courses are by appointment only and take place shortly before the start of the courses. Book your appointment online:

If you have not taken a German or French course at the Language Centre before, a visit to the office hour is mandatory for German B1>B1/B2 and B1/B2>B2 and French A2>A2/B1 and A2/B1>B1.


Get a global idea of your language level

Please note: these programme do not replace the advice card and the office hour, they merely give a very global indication of your level for your own reference.

DIALANG

The DIALANg test is a language test developed by multiple European universities. The test does not replace advice given after the office hour, however; it is merely for your own reference. The test indication is described in terms of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). This is a reference framework developed by the Council of Europe that provides a basis for comparing language proficiency levels and interpreting test scores.

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