for different reasons:
There are several reasons to start learning Dutch.
Could be a personal choice because you think it’s just a beautiful language.
However, most people will choose to obtain level A1 or A2 for another reason:
If you want to live and work in Holland, you need to do an “integration exam” which includes a A1 level knowledge of the Dutch language.
If you have your residency for several years in Holland (or on the islands belonging to the Kingdom of the Netherlands), then you can apply for a Dutch passport through the “naturalization process”. Then you will need to do the “naturalization exam” on level A2.
Since most of the interested will fall under points 1 and 2, our courses will focus on preparing students for these specific exams.
Nevertheless, if you do think it’s a beautiful language and you just want to learn to speak Dutch… it’s possible and our courses are the same for everyone.
We also offer a “preparation training” for these exams, but you can only enter these trainings when you are really a A1 (integration) or A2 (naturalization) student.
we can't make Dutch easier...
we can make learning it less difficult!
How does that work?
A language basically has 4 skills:
reading and writing – the “productive skills”
listening and reading – the “receptive skills”
The 4 skills are based on vocabulary and grammar: so how you put the words in the right order in a sentence and what changes if variables change.
What a teacher does is explaining his students how it works… let them understand why it is and give them tools to practice. Nassau developed a method that is based on that principle:
“When a student understand why something is… he will adopt and comprehend the idea”
An example: Someone told you once that you need to water plants and flowers. You’re more motivated to do this when you know they’ll die if you don’t.
Our method works the same. If you understand why, it is… it’s easier and more motivating to apply something.
But as in our flower example: you need to practice being a real florist!
In our method we offer an app with a very understandable explanation and a lot of daily practice. Still, you have the guidance and help of your teacher, but learning a language has never been easier.
so... the classes...
present... practice... produce...
The 3 P’s.
In your language class, we focus on all skills.
Normally we read a short text with new vocabulary. You can learn vocabulary in different ways, but seeing it in a text or context makes more sense.
In a text there is always grammar. We focus on this new grammar and the teacher explains it, so it makes sense to the students.
Next part is take the grammar out of the text and use it with vocabulary and other situations… let’s see if that still works!
Then students need to use it in their own thought of situations: personal, work etc.
After all this presenting, practicing and producing… it’s up to the students to apply their knew obtained knowledge in the exercises online.
Students can check their answers in real time and if there are any doubts after doing all the exercises, students can have a follow-up in the next class with their teacher.
nassau & moodle
partners in language
If you go to Nassau Academy -- www.nassau-online.com/academy -- you can enter using your username and password. Every student will receive their login credentials.
You will be enrolled in the course you applied for and can start immediately.
All the courses and its content is also available in an application called “Moodle”. This is an open-source application which provide schools and teachers the possibility to add all their content into a user-friendly app.
Everyone is welcome to enter as a guest and do our very first lesson: niveau 1 – les 1 for free!
The most ideal part is it works on Windows, MacOS, iOS and Android devices! So you always will have your material with you “on-the-go”: audio, video, texts, exercises, grammar… all in one place!