Levels Dutch

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Levels Dutch language courses

To get an impression of the different Dutch levels, we wrote down the abilities related to each level. The levels of the language courses are based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

The description of the levels are based on our regular Dutch group courses. All the information about our regular Dutch group courses can be found here.

We also offer Dutch conversation courses, which are split into two level groups (A2-B1 and B2-C1). The conversation courses only focus on improving your speaking skills, so don’t go from one level to another.

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Beginner A1 (A0 –> A1)

This level is for people that do not know anything about the language.

In a few weeks you can:

  • Understand Dutch by making and understanding basic vocabulary and phrases;
  • Ask and answer basic questions;
  • Describe pictures with basic vocabulary.

Elementary A2 (A1 –> A2)

By the end of this level you will be able to:

  • Understand familiar words and very basic phrases about yourself and your family when people speak slowly and clearly;
  • Read familiar names, words and very simple sentences, for example on notices and posters or in catalogues;
  • Use simple phrases and sentences to describe where you live and people you know;
  • Write a short, simple postcard, for example sending holiday greetings. You can fill in forms with personal details.

Pre-intermediate B1 (A2 –> B1)

By the end of this level you will be able to:

  • Understand phrases and the highest frequency vocabulary related to basic personal and family information, shopping,employment etc.;
  • Read simple texts such as advertisements, menus and timetables and understand short simple personal letters;
  • Use a serie of phrases and sentences to describe in simple terms;
  • Write short, simple notes and messages.

Intermediate B2 (B1 –> B2)

By the end of this level you will be able to:

  • Understand the main points of many radio or TV programs or topics of personal and professional interest when the delivery is slow and clear;
  • Read and understand the description of events, feelings and wishes in personal letters;
  • Connect phrases in a simple way in order to describe experiences and events, dreams and ambitions. You can give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans;
  • Write simple text on topics which are familiar. You can write personal letters describing experiences and impressions.

Upper-intermediate C1

By the end of this level you will be able to:

  • Understand extended speech and most TV news and programs;
  • Read articles and more difficult texts;
  • Interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers possible. You can take an active part in discussions in familiar contexts;
  • Write clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects related to your interests.

Advanced C2

By the end of this level you will be able to:

  • Understand extended speech and television programs and films without too much effort;
  • Understand long and complex texts;
  • Present clear, detailed descriptions of complex subjects;
  • Express yourself in clear, well-structured text, expressing points of view at some length. You can write about complex subjects in a letter, essay or report.

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