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Office Hours

Due to the coronavirus, our buildings are closed, and office hours are held by telephone or Google Meet. You can register online for our office hours.

As it is important you enroll in the course at the right level, we urge to attend the Language Centre office hours, during which your language levels will be briefly assessed. 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.

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

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.

Dutch Office Hours

Dutch Courses - Office Hours

  • Due to the coronavirus we will hold office hours online or by telephone until further notice
  • Book your appointment online.
  • 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 are a student of the Hanze, Windesheim and PThU 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 than stated on your advice card.
  • If your results are satisfactory, you will usually be given the advice to continue with a course at a higher level (intensity: regular).
  • If your results are good to very good, you will usually be given the advice continue with a course at a higher level, you may also be given advice to follow an intensive summer course.
  • Students, PhDs' and postdocs of the University of Groningen are at all times allowed to follow an intensive summer 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 Office Hours

English Courses - Office Hours

Office hour Language Centre

Check your writing level

If you want to register for one of our writing skills courses, we need to establish your current writing level in English. In order to do so, please upload your piece of writing here. You will find more specific instructions in the respective web form.

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.
Pronunciation Office Hours

Every Thursday from 12.30 - 1.30 p.m the pronunciation office hour takes place. The office hour is temporarily held by telephone or Google Meet and is by appointment only.

This office hour is meant for students who which to follow any of the following courses:

During the free office hour, we will look together at your wishes and what we can do for you.

Spanish Office Hours

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 Spanish course at the Language Centre, we advise you to 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 only take place in the period before the start of the course. If office hours are scheduled, you can make your appointment here.

German Office Hours

German Courses - Office Hours

If you want to register for German B1>B1/B2 or B1/B2>B2 and you have not previously taken a German course at the Language Centre before, you must visit the office hour.

Office hours only take place in the period before the start of the course. If office hours are scheduled, you can make your appointment here.

French Office Hours

French Courses - Office Hours

If you want to register and you have not previously taken a French course at the Language Centre, we advise you to 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 only take place in the period before the start of the course. If office hours are scheduled, you can make your appointment here.

Arabic Office Hours

Arabic Courses - Office Hours

If you want to register and you have not previously taken an Arabic course at the Language Centre, we advise you to 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 only take place in the period before the start of the course. If office hours are scheduled, you can make your appointment here.

Japanese Office Hours

Japanese Courses - Office Hours

If you want to register for A1 > A2 and you have not previously taken a Japanese course at the Language Centre, we advise you to 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 only take place in the period before the start of the course. If office hours are scheduled, you can make your appointment here.

Russian Office Hours

Russian Courses - Office Hours

If you want to register and you have not previously taken a Russian course at the Language Centre, we advise you to 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 only take place in the period before the start of the course. If office hours are scheduled, you can make your appointment here.

Chinese Office Hours

Chinese Courses - Office Hours

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

If you want to register for a higher level and you have not previously taken a Chinese course at the Language Centre, we advise you to visit the online 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 only take place in the period before the start of the course. If office hours are scheduled, you can make your appointment here.

Italian Office Hours

Italian Courses - Office Hours

If you want to register and you have not previously taken a Italian course at the Language Centre, we advise you to 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 only take place in the period before the start of the course. If office hours are scheduled, you can make your appointment here.


Get a global idea of your language level

Please note: these programmes 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.

Placement Test

Determine the starting level of a language training online and in your own time with the placement test! The ‘placement tests’ project is an initiative of language centres within the association of Dutch and Flemish University Language Centres (Nederlandse en Vlaamse Universitaire Talencentra, NUT). The result of the project is a website with placement tests for several languages.

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