Prior to starting a course we plan an intake interview (without obligations). In case of an individual course, the employee is present at the intake. During the interview we discuss the desired end goals and requirements. Based on this, I put together a custom-made course.
In case of a group course, each participant takes a (short) online language test to determine the level.
The language spoken during the lessons will be Dutch, as this maximizes progress. I think it is important to get to grips with the language actively during the lessons, so there will be a high level of interactivity and a strong focus on everyday application of the subjects we discuss.
It is also important to me that the learning process be fun. After all, when something is fun to do, it is easier to work hard at it toward swifter progress. So whether it is a difficult email or high-stakes meeting to prepare or a general nervousness when using Dutch, at VolTaal your employee will receive the encouragement and support to make it more pleasant.
In exchange, I ask your employee to always maintain an active, interested attitude and apply himself or herself with diligence.
Students describe me as enthusiastic, engaged, patient and structured and able to make troublesome grammar rules easy to understand. Please also read my references.
I have experience with various teaching methods. Together we determine which one suits best. I also use material that we can find anywhere in everyday life: internet, television, news, magazines, films, YouTube, etc. In addition, we will work as much as possible with content that is derived from your workplace (emails, reports, etc.).
Preferably I assign homework after every lesson. After all, learning a language is practicing, practicing, practicing, and it is good if the participants learn to apply what they have learned directly.
Lesson location and times
We agree on the course location and times together. The lessons can take place in-company, at home or in an office space to be determined in Utrecht. Lessons take place on weekdays, during working hours or in the evening.
During the intake interview, we will set the final goals. During the course we regularly discuss the progress. We also discuss whether the lessons meet expectations. If necessary, we will make adjustments.