Dutch for Speakers of Other Languages

EMBC+ MODULE 4: Transferable Skills

• Reading skills: reading simple, short texts on day-to-day items enables you to use the Dutch language immediately in class as well as outside the lessons. Leaflets, course schedules, time tables, and so on are used to introduce new structures and words. At the same time speaking is practised, because the different skills are combined just like in daily life.
• Writing skills: the everyday language activities are also practised in writing. At the end of the course students can introduce themselves in writing, they can write a short invitation, etc. In short, they can also put into practice the acquired knowledge in writing.
• Listening skills: by listening to simple texts students get acquainted with the Dutch standard language.
• Speaking skills: there is a lot of room for conversation, as students also have self-study materials to acquire Dutch speaking skills on a personal basis. By means of conversation and interaction new words and grammatical items are immediately put into practice. This will enable them to have short and simple conversations in everyday interaction between students.

Dutch for speakers of other languages

• You have no or very limited knowledge of the Dutch language.
• You have a basic knowledge of English, French, or German.


• To be able to participate in a simple conversation: to ask and answer simple questions on everyday subjects.
• To have active and passive command of the basic vocabulary of everyday subjects.
• To be able to understand short, clear and simple messages and announcements.
• To be able to read short, clear and simple texts.
• To be able to write short, clear and simple texts on concrete and everyday subjects.
• To be able to understand an explanation on Belgian culture and language in Dutch.