Frequently Asked Questions
Here you can find the answers on the most frequently asked questions:
- On which location the lessons are given?
Lessons are given either at Rietwijkerstraat 10 in Amsterdam or Frederik Hendrikplantsoen 98 in Amsterdam. We will always inform you in case the lessons will take at another location.
With private lessons you can also take the lessons at home or at your office.
- Do you offer accommodation?
No, we don’t provide accommodation and unfortunately we can’t assist in finding accommodation. If you have problems finding accommodation, you could try The Student Hotel. This place offers both short term and long term accommodation.
- Can you help me with a visa?
Unfortunately we can’t assist in the visa procedure. Contact your embassy in case you have questions concerning a visa. In The Netherlands it’s only possible to receive a student visa if you are enrolled at a Dutch university.
- In which language the courses are taught?
The courses are taught in the language that you are learning. However, in ’emergency’ cases the teacher can explain in English.
- What level do I have?
The levels in our courses are divided according to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). The framework works with the following levels:
A0: Absolute beginner
If the level of the course is A1, this means that the course works from the A0 level to the A1 level.
If you don’t know your exact level, you can schedule an intake (by phone) with one of our teachers. You can request an intake on these pages: for English, for Dutch or for Spanish.
- Can I join the course when it already started?
It’s possible to join a general group course until the 3rd lesson, but you won’t be refunded for the missed lessons. After the 3rd lesson it’s not possible to join the course anymore.
With conversation courses it’s possible to join later and in some cases be refunded for the missed lessons. Ask one of the employees of Language Corner about this.
- How long do the courses take?
This depends on the type, level and the language of the course:
– English group courses: 7 weeks
– Dutch group courses level A1: 7 weeks
– Dutch group courses level A2-C1: 6 weeks (per part)
– Spanish group courses: 7 weeks
– Conversation courses: 6 weeks
– Intensive summer courses: 2 weeks
- Can I continue to the next level after a course?
Yes, if you complete the course successfully you can continue to the next level. After completing a course, students will receive a certificate of participation. Students need to attend at least 75% of the lessons and complete the assignments to receive the certificate.
- What is the minimum and maximum amount of participants in a group course?
Our general group courses and conversation courses have a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 8 students. This way we can give the maximum amount of attention to each student.
- Are the teachers qualified?
We set high standards to our teachers. They should match with our concept, need to have educational skills and experience in teaching the language.
Most of our teachers have qualifications to teach English, Dutch or Spanish. However, we find it more important that our teachers really can teach! Certifications don’t say everything, so sometimes the best teachers are the ones that don’t have the qualifications.
- Are all the teachers native?
All our teachers are native or manage the language like their mother tongue language.
- Can I take a trial lesson?
Yes, it is possible to have a (paid) trial lesson, by joining the first lesson of the course. If you don’t want to continue, you only have to pay for the trial lesson (€ 30,00).
However, if you want to take a trial lesson your spot in the course is not yet guaranteed. Only if the payment of the course is completed, your spot in the course is guaranteed.
- What is the minimum age for group courses?
The minimum age for group courses is 17 years. Private lessons can be given from 5 years old.
In the summer period we also offer intensive English group courses for teenagers. These courses are for teenagers in the age of 14-16 year.
- Do you have courses in the weekend?
Yes, we have Conversation Courses on Saturdays. General group courses are given on weekdays only. For the exact schedule, check the individual course.Private lessons can be given in the weekend as well, if desired.
- Do you have 6-month or 1-year courses?
Our courses are offered year-round with some breaks in between. However, it is not possible to enrol for 6 months or 1 year. You have to enrol for each course separately.
- Do you have fulltime courses?
No, we don’t offer fulltime group courses. However, for private lessons this is possible.
- Can I recover the lesson in another group if I miss it?
No this is not possible. We try to keep the group size and – composition the same to make the students feel as comfortable as possible. That’s why it’s not possible to recover a missed lesson in another group.
- Can I take one class in the evening and the other in the morning during the whole course?
No this is not possible. We find it important that the group stays the same for the whole course.
- I will miss some lessons in the course, what can I do?
In general group courses missed lessons can not be refunded or taken on another moment, because the group works towards a particular level within the given period. However, sometimes it’s possible to join the lessons via Skype if you have the chance to.
With conversation courses it’s possible to join later in the course (in case the course is not full) or pay only for the lessons you can attend. But this needs to be arranged before the start of the course.
- Where can I buy the books?
You can order the book(s) directly through us when enrolling for a course. We will reserve the books for you, so you can pick them up at our location for the first lesson.
- Do I need books for the course?
Only for the general group courses books are required. For conversation courses no books are required.
In the description of the course you can find which books are needed for the course.
- Are the books included in the price of the course?
No, the books are not included in the total price of the course.
Certificates and exams
- Do you provide international certificates?
No, we do not provide internationally recognised certificates. These exams are given twice a year in every country and there are some institutions where you can take them. But you need to pay for these exams.
- Do you prepare for international exams, like FCE, CAE, Inburgering exam?
With private lessons you can specifically prepare for certain exams.
We do not offer group courses which specifically prepare for international exams. Our general courses focus on reaching a particular level. Most international exams require a certain level, so with our courses you will reach the level that is needed. After that you can prepare for the particular exam.
- Do I get a certificate at the end of the course?
Yes, you will get a certificate of participation at the end of the course if you attended at least the 75% of the lessons and completed the assignments within the course. This certificate states the level and amount of hours taken.
Payment and Discounts
- Do you accept payments through a DUO loan?
No, Language Corner doesn’t accept payments through DUO-loans. This is because our group courses don’t specifically prepare for the inburgering exam.
- Can I pay for every class instead of the whole course?
No, as it is a group course, that is not possible. You have to pay for the whole course in advance.
For conversation courses it’s sometimes possible to pay only for the lessons that you going to attend. But this has to be arranged before the course starts.
- What are the bank details of Language Corner in order to make a bank transfer?
You can find our bank details on the invoice. Please send us an email or fill in a contact form if you still can’t find them.
- Can I pay in parts (instalments)?
In some occasions this is possible. Ask one of the employees at the school for the possibilities.
- Do I get discount if I bring a friend?
Yes, if you bring a friend you get 10% of discount on the group course (regular or conversation course) where you are going to sign up for, or 10% discount on the next course if you are already enrolled for a course.
- Do I get discount if I take both a group course and a conversation course?
Yes, you will get 20% of discount on the conversation course.
- Which payment methods do you offer?
The following payment methods are accepted:
If you sign up through the website:
– iDEAL (Dutch debit card)
– Creditcard (+3% administration fee)
Payment at our school:
– With PIN (debit or credit card)
– Bank transfer