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Welkom! Upcoming courses – April 2024

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Week van 22 april/
Week of April 22
2024-21:
beginners Dutch, 0-A1, starts on April 22, Monday 7-9pm
2024-22: upper-elementary
Dutch, A1-A2, starts on April 23, Tuesday 7-9pm
canceled
2024-24: upper-intermediate
Dutch, B1-B1+, start in de week van 22 april - tijd in onderling overleg/time slot by mutual consent
canceled
2024-23:
intermediate
Dutch, A2-B1, starts on April 24, Thursday 7-9pm
2024-25:
conversatiecursus, niveau B1 en hoger, najaar 2024
Dutch course Waterval

Welkom bij  Waterval! Learn Dutch in Maastricht, the language school for Dutch. It doesn’t matter where you are: you can come to the classroom, or communicate online. Talking with feedback and lots of Dutch culture are our unique selling points. So why not try Dutch classes here? Experience, enthusiasm, and empathy guaranteed!

experienced (30 years) yet patient Dutch teacher with thorough books and all kinds of online material (here and here and here) promises you interactive and empowering Dutch classes, that energize you wherever you are!

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Everybody’s welcome! Whether kid or adult, migrant or refugee: please come over and have a look. Yet, the school appears to attract mostly “expats”, internationals. At Waterval!, expect to work in small groups with people who are genuinely interested in Dutch, and in their fellow students.

Fees?

You can have a look at the fees page, but the general idea is this:
group courses: 10€ per person per hour, 220€ for a 22hr course
private courses: 50€
per person per hour (35€ for students).
Books (Waterval 1/6): 35€ apiece.
Online access: 10€.

Teaching philosophy

Waterval! is a kind of a language lab. How can you improve teaching Dutch? With lots of trial and error, I developed six books, full of clear explanation of grammar, lots of vocabulary exercise on paper and online, and plenty of incentives to make you speak and drill speech bits. Waterval books I-VI cover the whole gamut from level 0 (scratch) to C levels:

Waterval les 1: download here!
At the moment, I’m improving  online teaching, recording classes and explanations, and putting them online too. Missing lessons or reviewing explanations will not be much of a problem any longer. Also, I developed a new kind of interactive pronunciation exercises online, that will help you compare your speaking with native speakers.

Cool, well-structured classes; enthusiastic and empathic teacher; books that are fun to work with; lots of clear and effective online support (grammar, vocabulary, audio with feedback): we’re into Dutch for you and for the ♥ of languages, not for the money! Do send me an e-mail or call (06-23045039) in case you have questions or want to discuss things.

All courses in 2024

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Week van 22 januari/
Week of January 22
2024
2024-03:
intermediate Dutch, A2-B1, Tuesday 7-9pm, starting 23 January 2024
2024-01: beginners Dutch, 0-A1, Wednesday 7pm-9, starting 24 January 20242024-02: upper-elementary Dutch, A1-A2, Thursday 6.30-8.30pm, starting 25 January 2024
Week van 22 april/
Week of April 22
2024-21:
beginners Dutch, 0-A1, starts on April 22, Monday 7-9pm
2024-22: upper-elementary
Dutch, A1-A2, starts on April 23, Tuesday 7-9pm
2024-23:
intermediate
Dutch, A2-B1, starts on April 24, Wednesday 7-9pm
2024-24: upper-intermediate
Dutch, B1-B1+, start op donderdag 25 april, 7-9pm
2024-25:
Dutch conversation course, level B1+ and higher, starts on Tuesday April 23, 5-7pm
August:
intensive summer courses
2024-41, summer course 0-A1, 29 July - 2 August, 10am-2pm2024-42, summer course A1-A2, 5-9 August,10am-2pm2024-43, zomercursus A2-B1, 12-16 augustus, 10am-2pm2024-44, zomercursus B1-B1+, 26-30 augustus, 10am-2pm
End of September 20242024-51: Beginners
Dutch, 0-A1, 7-9p September 18
2024-52:
Upper-elementary
Dutch, A1-A2, 7-9pm, starts on Tuesday September 19
2024-53:
Intermediate Dutch, A2-B1, 7-9pm, starts on Wednesday September 20
2024-54:
Upper-intermediate
Dutch, B1-B1+, 7-9pm, starts on Thursday September 28

2024-55: de cultuur der Nederlanden. "Civilisation", Nederlandse cultuurgeschiedenis. Voor gevorderden (B1 en hoger)

Still an expat? Become an inpat!
We can help you integrate as smoothly as possible!

Call_Waterval-Dutch-lessons 06-23045039    Email_Waterval-Dutch-lessons info@waterval.info    register-Waterval-Dutch-lessons Register now

Learning Dutch – the idea

* We focus on speaking, as both the means and the end of our initial teaching. It’s only by speaking that you can learn to speak, and gain the confidence you are able to communicate in another language. Only by listening you’ll listen, by writing practical assignments you’ll write.
* Pleasure is an effect of good education, but it’s a condition too. People prefer to memorize nice things; you learn better when you feel good!
* Vocabulary and grammar, the bricks and mortar of language, get presented in a playful way – they can be fun too. Clear rules, explanations and (online) drills give you something to hold on to. Online pronunciation tools, with comparison possibility, give you the chance to polish your pronunciation.

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All means – books, newspapers, songs, films – are used to catch your attention. We bring Dutch language and culture alive using papers, tv programs, videos, stories, plays and games. Learn faster by making your personal “method mix”, and find your way along!

A teaching cycle

This is how we work in our courses:

welcome chathomework evaluation → recap vocabulary of new theme  → book dialogue →  grammar rule: examples and explanation → practice/exercise → speech bitsrole plays free conversation/interaction → feedback from class and teacher (stored online)→  reading (mostly about Dutch culture) → listening (mostly online)→ speaking (in class)→ writing (correcting and preparing homework assignments)→vocabulary & games new homework→ (explanation of) e-learning tools→ next session: …

Blended learning

* Everything mentioned above comes together in Waterval! (“waterfall”*): books and a web site containing audio and exercises with meaningful feedback. Have a look at the general training website – or at Quizlet, the special vocabulary site.

Vocabulary training site
Vocabulary training site

* Attendance: preferably live, in the classroom. In case of illness, holidays or whatever, calling in by video or a video recording is a possibility.
* The Dutch say: “Hij/Zij is een spraakwaterval“, he or she is a waterfall of speech. That’s what we aim at: to make a fluent speaker of you. You’ll experience a “waterfall of Dutch” at Waterval, a shower of Dutch. Together, we’ll find the mix that suits you best!

Tel: 0(031)6-23045039
Mail: info@waterval.info


How the course is supposed to work: as a “kopje koffie”.
As “een bakje troost” (‘a cup of comfort’), and as a boost for your Dutch!