I regularly receive applications for private lessons from students from other schools. I usually ask why they want private classes? I often get an answer that they have studied the Dutch language at some other schools and ware not satisfied with their group’s courses. I ask them to tell me what they were not satisfied with?
Why do people get disappointed after their Dutch course?
1. Not all the students in their group could speak English well.
Maria told me this: “I tried to learn Dutch at another school. Some students were only able to speak a little English and a little Dutch. Everyone was admitted to this course without any filtering. The communication between students (and the teacher) was difficult as well as doing exercises in the class. I just could not fully participate in the lessons because of that. It was a very frustrating experience..”
At Dutch Academy Eindhoven we make sure that every student speaks English well. Every student has to pass our placement test in order to be admitted to our Dutch course.
2. Not all students had the same level of Dutch in A2 and B1 courses.
Some schools allow everyone to book their courses without any testing beforehand.
Javier told me this: “I booked my course at another school. I was in an intermediate group with some students with a very little knowledge of Dutch language. The level differences in our group were way too big. Some of my fellow students were just beginners. I just did not understand what they were doing in our course as we could not exercises together. We did not have any testing before booking of our course. It just did not work for me! Wasted time and money!”
At Dutch Academy Eindhoven we have our own Dutch Placement Test. Our Dutch Placement Test ensures that new students will enroll in the Dutch course that best suits their level of ability and that students share similar knowledge in any given Dutch course. It, therefore, helps make our Dutch classes an enjoyable experience for both the student and the Dutch teacher.
3. Not all students have the same level of education.
Highly educated people are used to handle a lot of information. Dutch courses specially designed for Highly educated people have a faster pace and a bigger workload. This is not suitable for everyone. After a few lessons, you will see huge differences in the progress of your fellow students. Some people feel like they are wasting their time with weaker students during speaking exercises.
Our Dutch courses are specially designed for Highly educated people. At Dutch Academy Eindhoven we make sure that every student has higher education in order to create an efficient learning and exercising environment for every student in our Dutch classes. As an exception, we also allow students from TU/e and Fontys universities to participate in our Dutch courses.