Dutch as a Second Language (NT2)
Dutch as a Second Language (often abbreviated to NT2) is the collective name for all Dutch courses, teaching and training programmes for non-native speakers, foreigners and expats.
The programme for Dutch as a Second Language varies according to the target group. For expats, everyday language skills, social conventions and cultural aspects are often important, whereas courses such as Dutch in the Workplace revolve around such subjects as health and safety, technology, engineering and machine parts, operating instructions and updates. Business Dutch courses for non-native speakers (speaking or writing) generally focus on enhancing business vocabulary, correct phrasing, and proper sentence structure.
De Taaltrainer’s Dutch as a Second Language courses are customised to the requirements of the participant(s). We match level, intensity and subject matter to your wishes and job situation. Do you want to improve your fluency and self-confidence? Or to learn to write better Dutch? Or to take part in meetings or give presentations in Dutch as easily as you do in your mother tongue? With De Taaltrainer’s Business Dutch language course, this is both attainable and enjoyable!
Frequently requested programme components are:
- Enhancing Dutch vocabulary
- Improving Dutch pronunciation
- General Dutch speaking skills
- Learning to write business Dutch
- Learning to speak business Dutch
- Writing emails in Dutch
- Writing tenders/offers/quotes in Dutch
- Giving presentations in Dutch
- Taking part in meetings in Dutch
- Telephone calls in Dutch
- Interviews in Dutch
- Making a sales pitch or acting as a consultant in Dutch
- Reading and/or writing technical Dutch
- Reading and/or writing legal Dutch
- Dutch business etiquette, social conventions and culture
Number of participants
Individual training: private lessons
Duo training: you follow a course with a colleague at the same language level as you
Group training: you follow a course with three or more colleagues at the same language level as you
Weekly lesson: you have one lesson of two to three hours each week for a period of 10 to 15 weeks, for example
Semi-intensive: you have lessons every morning or afternoon for one or more weeks, or two or three full days per week for several weeks
Intensive: you follow a full-time language programme for one or more weeks
The course, Dutch as a Second Language, is given at all levels (A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2) of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) established by the Council of Europe. Upon completion of the course, participants, provided their attendance, input and progress have been satisfactory, will receive a certificate stating the end level they have achieved.
For a comprehensive description of European language levels, see ‘language levels’.
Areas of Expertise
De Taaltrainer’s language trainers not only are very experienced and have a proven track record in language teaching, they also have a background in business and/or industry and possess in-depth knowledge of sector-specific jargon (for more information on our trainers, see ‘trainers’). We frequently give Dutch courses to people engaged in the following activities:
- Sales and marketing
- Financial services
- Legal services
- Automotive industry
- Management up to and including board level
- Financial administration
The cost of a Dutch language course depends on its duration (number of lesson hours) and the size of the group. For a full list of rates, see ‘price list’. An average course comprises 30 hours. The total cost varies from 2,175 euros for a private course to 468 euros per person for a group course with eight participants.