Refresher course

If you score in the low category on the language test, then you will be required to take a Dutch refresher course. The refresher course will help you improve your language skills.

Frequently asked questions

The Dutch refresher course will reactivate your basic knowledge of the Dutch language in six sessions lasting two hours each.
You will get your score a couple of weeks after taking the test. If you score in the low category, you will receive an e-mail instructing you to enrol in the refresher course through Blackboard. You can choose between a number of start dates and times. You will receive confirmation once you have registered.

The course will cover the following topics and more:

  • spelling
  • correspondence (emails and letters)
  • reference words
  • grammar
  • vocabulary
  • the importance of good spelling and style

The sessions will be devoted to covering the theory and you will complete assignments, both individually and in groups. You will also have some homework assignments to complete for the sessions.
Please note that the refresher course is not devoted to learning how to write papers or academic texts. These are skills you will work on during your studies.

The theory is discussed in class and you will be asked to complete assignments alone or in groups. There will be one or several assignments to complete before each class.
You will round off the course by taking a test during the final session. This test covers topics covered during the course. This test is different from the language test you will take at the beginning of the academic year: it is shorter, has open questions, and it is not computerized.

 Independent study

  • There are a wide variety of options open to you if you want to work on your language proficiency on your own. We have compiled some options for you here. This list is obviously not exhaustive.
  • At this link and this link you’ll find some handy tips and checklists for critiquing your fellow students’ writing and your own work.
  • There are also many books available that you can use for independent study. We have compiled a few on this list, but there are many more available.