Courses for Adults

Dutch classes in Ottawa.
New semester start on February 21.

Since the OCDSB has cancelled all their adult general interest courses, the following 4 courses are all offered (provided that there are enough participants) by Pauline van der Roest

Registration:
Send registration cheque or e-transfer to:
pauline.vanderroest@ncf.ca
Pauline van der Roest
559 Lang’s road
Ottawa, Ontario
K1K 2J4
Please note the course name on cheque.
Location:
Ottawa Public Library
Rideau Branch and North Gloucester Branch
Further Info: pauline.vanderroest@ncf.ca


Dutch Beginner 1
Learning the language from the basics. Starting with the alphabet and learning the fundamental elements in grammar, writing messages and how to conduct simple conversations. No previous Dutch knowledge required.

15 Sessions
Time: Wednesdays 6:30-8:30 PM

Registration Deadline: February 10th, 2018
(minimum registration 6 people)

Please see Registration Info on top of page

Course Fee: $270
First Class: February 21st, 2018
(No lesson during March break)
Location: OPL –
Rideau Branch


Dutch Beginner 2
Follow up after Beginners 1. This course includes more advanced grammar exercises, strengthening writing and conversational skills. Reviewing some grammar from Beg. 1. Building from the present perfect. Basic Dutch grammar and speaking skills required.

14 Sessions
Time: Monday 7-9 PM

Registration Deadline: February 10th, 2018
(minimum registration 6 people)

Please see Registration Info on top of page

Course Fee: $250
First Class: February 26, 2018
(No lesson during Easter Monday/March break/Victoria Day)
Location: OPL –
North Gloucester Public Library


Intermediate
Students can take this course when they already have taken Beginners 1 and Beginners 2, or already have a decent level of understanding Dutch grammar rules and speaking the Dutch language. Focus will be on more complex grammar (i.e. future tense/ the conditional) and increasing speaking and writing skills.

15 Sessions
Time: Thursdays 6:30-8:30 PM
Registration Deadline: February 10th, 2018
(minimum registration 6 people)
Please see Registration Info on top of page

Course Fee: $270
First Class: February 22nd, 2018
(No lesson during March break)
Location: OPL –
Rideau Branch


Conversational
Conversations are based on different weekly themes. No focus on grammar, although some grammar elements which cause difficulty in the conversation will be explained. The main focus is to speak and strengthen the conversational skills already obtained by previous courses, or by previous intensive exposure to Dutch through various reasons.(family/partner/living in the Netherlands etc.)

12 Sessions
Time: Mondays 10:00-noon
Registration Deadline: February 10th, 2018
(minimum registration 6 people)
Please see Registration Info on top of page

Course Fee: $215
First Class: February 26th, 2018
(No lesson during Easter Monday/March break/Victoria Day)
Location: OPL –
North Gloucester Public Library

About the Teacher: Pauline van der Roest

“Having taught Dutch at the ‘Nederlandse School’ for children for about 7 years (1999-2005) and teaching Dutch to Canadian Diplomats from National Defense and Foreign affairs, I started in September 2012 to teach the evening classes for Adults at Glebe High School.

Teaching children or adults is very different, however, it has more in common then one might think. One of the main elements for students to continue (young or old) is the positive ambiance in the class and to constantly keep the students as motivated and involved as possible. I balance teaching Dutch grammar rules with group activities and group conversations by using role-plays, based on the different themes we are working on. I try to set the students at ease at whatever level the student is starting from, combined with some good sense of Dutch humor, which I truly believe is an important asset to last through a language course.

Students now have been coming back for several courses in a row, and for me hearing the language improvements in every new course is a great motivation to continue working on each individual language skills and language needs. It’s the student’s constant ‘journey’ to acquire a new language, that I find intriguing and inspiring.”