Invite your students to the Introduction to Dutch course on FutureLearn

Dutch universities are becoming more attractive to international students. A recent article in the Guardian, mentioning the large number of English-taught undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the Netherlands, together with the relatively low tuition fees (compared to Great Britain for instance), travel and living costs, make our higher education institutions very popular. However, when international students can speak a little bit of Dutch their stay, both during and after their studies, will become considerably more pleasant.

There are many Dutch universities offering Dutch courses onsite. Nonetheless, international students and employees might want to understand a bit of Dutch before their arrival. To meet this need, the British MOOC platform FutureLearn is offering an online Dutch language course, Introduction to Dutch. This three-week introductory Dutch course is open to anyone who wants to learn Dutch up to lower A1 level (CEFR).

This Introduction to Dutch course was developed by the University of Groningen Language Centre and introduces learners to the language through listening and reading tasks, explanatory videos on the Dutch grammar, listen and repeat activities to practise pronunciation and speaking skills and nearly 500 words vocabulary. This is enough language to realise that Dutch is learnable.

The MOOC was offered in March and June 2015 and so far has attracted more than 50,000 learners from all around the world. The MOOC was one of the tools used to recruit students for Dutch studies in their home country (e.g. University of Sheffield) or prepare students who wish to spend their internship in the Netherlands or Belgium (e.g. MIT). The University of Groningen uses the course to interest and recruit students from their partner universities abroad.

You could also use the Introduction to Dutch course on FutureLearn to reach out to potential international students and employees. The next course starts in November. More information can be found on the FutureLearn website.

SIG's en subthema's: Open Education,Media & Education


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