What started as a corona compassion project for expats during the first lockdown, with the goal to help higher educated expats connect to eachother and to Dutch society, has now grown into a small, professional Dutch Language School, with a great team of native, certified and experienced Dutch teachers. We are all happy, kind and engaged people in the first place. In class we focus on conversation, grammar and connection in daily Dutch life. Every week we are happy to offer you the opportunity to join our online Dutch group courses from only 11 euros per class! Besides our regular group classes, we offer programs with extra small groups where you will get a more personalized approach, making it an extra efficient and fun way to study. And we offer a goal oriented A0-A2 course, that prepares you for the civic integration exam. Aside our classes for expats from around the world, we offer group classes specifically tailored to the needs of Afrikaans speakers.
Groups for people from around the world:
Beginners (A0-A1) - 3 spots left for May/July
Beginners Plus (A1-A2) - 1 spot for May/July
Intermediate (A2-B1) - 6 spots left for May/July
Intermediate Plus (B1-B2) - 7 spots for May/July
We update these spots once a day, so there can be a difference with our actual stock
In 3,5 months we aim to take you from A0 to A2 and prep you for the Civic Integration Exam. We work with a certified, native teacher that has guided many students towards these exams. The classes are online in a small group of 4 people. Although this is a group course, due to it's small size there will be time and attention for every individual. This course is for higher educated expats and requires motivation and 8 hours of self study per week, guided by your teacher. Read everything here!
4 spots left
Groups for Afrikaans speakers:
Afrikaans Beginner (A0-A1 grammar level, A1-A2 speaking level) -
4 spots left
Afrikaans Beginner Plus (A1-A2 grammar level, A2-B1 speaking level) -
3 spots left for May/July.
Afrikaans Intermediate (A2-B1 grammar level, B1-B2 speaking level) -
4 spots for May/July.
Afrikaans Intermediate Plus (B1-B2): it is in your advantage to join our mixed group for people from all around the world - 6 spots for May/July
We update these spots once a day, so there can be a difference with our actual stock
Join our course? Questions?
Interested in joining? Please click here and fill out the form. You can tell me your preferences and questions. You will receive an email with information on the course that suits you, when you can start and of course I will answer your questions. After that you can confirm or cancel the course. If you want to receive our newsletter, please click here.
Regular group course
199 euros for 18 classes (9 weeks / 6-7 people)
Small group course
299 euros for 18 classes (9 weeks / 4 people)
A0-A2 Civic integration exam Course (incl. KNM)
950 euros for 14 classes of 3,5 hours and 8 hours of self study/week
(14 weeks / 4 people)
Payment in instalments is possible
For A0-A1 and Afrikaans Beginners: prices include a free grammar reader and are excluding a website for grammar practise (16,50 euros). For all other courses: prices include a free monthly speaking practice with Dutch volunteers and are excluding a book (39 euros).
If you would like an intensive course, we offer you a private package or a package of a group course with private classes. It will offer you the benefits of both learning with others and focussing on your specific goal at the same time.
Structure of courses
Our regular online courses are 9 weeks in which you will have 2 hours of class on 1 or 2 evenings per week. This will leave you time to also engage in your family, work and social life. Your teacher will give full attention and guidance to your group. But of course, In order to advance, you will have to make homework also. The more you invest, the more you harvest. Put in 1 hour of preparation per class and you will advance well. If you would like a more intensive course, we can offer you a combination package with private classes. The A0-A2 Civic Integration Course has a different structure, with 3,5 hours of class per week. It is geared towards making the 5 exams and will require at least 8 hours of homework.
If you are engaged in the group program, you can advance from A0-A1 in 1 course of 9 weeks. For A1-A2 it will take you 1 or 2 courses of 9 weeks, depending on the work you put in and your starting level. For the other levels you will need about 3 courses of 9 weeks, also depending on your starting level and your amount of self study. Of course we will offer you new material in every course. The Course for Civic Integration Exam aims to take you from A0-A2 in 1 course.
Our regular online courses are Monday until Thursday evening. Classes of 1 hour start at 19.00h or 20.15h. Classes of 2 hours start at 19.15h. Our Course for Civic Integration Exam is on Friday afternoon. If you send us your details here we will send you the availability we have for your level.
We care about connection, especially in this extraordinairy time. That is why we focus on conversation in our regular classess. Aside from practical skills, you will need confidence to connect to people. With our homework we will stimulate and support you with this. Also, from A1 and up, we offer a free monthly speaking practice with Dutch volunteers.
Goals for our regular courses:
Learn Dutch grammar and apply it to make correct sentences
Learn how to deal with various social and workrelated conversational situations
Practice pronunciation, so you will be understood
Expand your vocabulary
Build the confidence to speak
We will address all of the subjects above in every class. But to help you focus while learning, we will dive deep into grammar one class a week and the next class into speaking practice.
Goals for Course for Civic Integration Exam
In 3,5 months we aim to take you from A0 to A2 and prep you for the 5 different parts of the Civic Integration Exam: listening, speaking, reading, writing and KNM. We work with a certified, native teacher that has guided many students towards these exams. This course is for higher educated expats and requires motivation and self study, guided by your teacher.
What you will learn per level
In the Beginner classes we will happily assist you with learning the practical basics of Dutch language. In the Intermediate class we offer grammar, vocabulary and various types of social conversations for people who already speak some Dutch. We will help you gain confidence to feel comfortable speaking in social situations. If your Dutch already flows pretty easily, you are welcome to join the Intermediate Plus class and expand your vocabulary and fluency on specific, relevant subjects in your life. In the Course for Civic Integration Exam we will focus on the specific subjects of the exams: reading, writing, listening, speaking and KNM.
In our classes there are no mistakes. There is the joy of learning, sharing and connecting. We are here to support and stimulate you. We are experienced coaches and certified, native teachers and will make sure everybody gets a good amount of attention in class. And of course there is a lot of space for your questions. Let's enjoy!
Join our course? Questions?
Interested in joining a course? Please click here and fill out the form. You can tell me your preferences and questions. Then you will receive an email from me with information on the course that suits you, when you can start and of course I will answer your questions. After that you can confirm or cancel the course. If you want to receive our newsletter, please click here.
Do you speak Afrikaans well? Then you have the advantage of already understanding some Dutch. And your vocabulary will expand much quicker. But you will find many words and expressoins sound the same, but mean something else. Also it is very likely that learning Dutch grammar is hard for you, simply because you are used to a different grammar structure. And pronounciation will require specific attention, so the Dutch will understand you.
In our group classes for people who speak Afrikaans, we take all of that into account. Our program is adjusted to your advantages and struggles. We will speak Dutch in the classroom from the beginner level, so you will get used to this language asap. Nice to know: we offer a free monthly speaking practice with Dutch volunteers. Courses we offer for Afrikaans speakers:
Beginners (grammar A0-A1, speaking A1-A2)
Beginners Plus (grammar A1-A2, speaking A2-B1)
Intermediate (grammar A2-B1, speaking B1-B1)
If you are at level B1-B2 it will benefit you to be in a mixed class with people from all around the world. You will be learn more thanks to the diversity.
NB. If your Afrikaans is not fluent, you won't be able to keep up, so it is in your best interest to join a class for people from around the world.
Who is Joyce?
My name is Joyce Veldsink. I am native Dutch, spent a lot of years living in the Netherlands, but also welI known with expat life. I studied Communications in Rotterdam and worked as a communications advisor for many years in various governmental organisations as wel as business, running PR campaigns, writing policy documents and teaching communication to Dutch professionals. Also I worked in the UK, Spain and Mexico, which is why I have a good understanding of English and Spanish. And thanks to travelling a few months in Brazil, France and some other countries, I have a pretty good grasp of Portuguese, French and German. The last 10 years I have been working as a life coach to entrepreneurs, CEO's and others wanting to reconnect to their spirit. With this language school I reconnect my own spirit to my business.
I have always loved teaching and therefore through the years taught many types of classes to children, CEO's, engineers, councilors, consultants, mothers, small business owners, etc. Also I love connecting to people from differtent backgrounds. What most of us have in common is that we like classes to be interactive, fun, safe and open to questions and initiatives of students. So that is what we offer at our Dutch Language School Joyce Veldsink. I am looking forward to supporting your expat journey studying the Dutch language!
Reviews group classes
"Dankjewel voor het creëren van een warme en vriendelijke omgeving waar leren leuk is (en niet intimiderend!)." - Kriti from India
"Joyce, thanks for letting me attend your school. I found Lonneke to be a really fantastic teacher. She always made a great atmosphere in the group, encouraging us a lot and making sure the material was interesting but not too challenging. Well done to you both and thanks again!" - Ben from UK
"Chris is a great teacher. I feel his patience is of great quality with learning a new language.
I enjoy the course material and find it well structured." - Wilmarie from South Africa
"I really like Marieke's classes. She teaches both basics and grammar, but also talks fluently with us, to see if we understand. And I like that she makes sure we all speak and practice, even if we're embarrassed. She does that in a very nice, not pushy way. And when someone asks a question, her explanations are very thorough." - Yuval from Israel
"Hi Joyce, I just wanted to let you know that our teacher Vivian is fantastic! What a wonderful lesson!" - Genevieve from South Africa
"It was a wonderful experience to work with you! I learned a lot under your supervision. Thank you." - Ifra from Pakistan
"Thank you for creating a great environment to learn!"- Dilip from India
"We really like Chris' class ánd his personality and entertaining style." - Leonie from South Africa
"Ik vind Lonneke leuk! I like structure. And she speaks a lot of Dutch. That is a little hard, but very good, because I train to listen to Dutch!" - Alice from Italy
"Thank you, It has been such a beautiful journey! I always take back the immense warmth and love that you give to your classes! Grateful." - Sonakshi from India
Reviews private classes
"I like learning Dutch with Joyce. I had difficulties with speaking. She helped me speak more confidently and implement a plan to speak more Dutch in my everyday life. So learning is also continuing out!" - Noura from Qatar
"My mindset about learning Dutch has changed. Before I was too serious. But now it is so much more fun and that makes me try more! I am proactive now in learning in daily life." - Maria from Romania
Joyce is een krachtige en dynamische transformatiecoach, met een verfrissend en hoog perspectief. Ze begeleidt mensen naar die plek in hun leven waarin ze in hun kracht staan, hun talenten gebruiken, zingeving ervaren en vooral: plezier hebben! Joyce werkt op mentaal, emotioneel, spiritueel en energetisch vlak en dat maakt haar werk diepgaand en transformerend. En haar humor en levendigheid maken het werken met Joyce gewoon heel leuk en inspirerend!
For every student in our courses, we donate a meal to Red Cross, for someone in the Netherlands who is not able to provide for themselves due to the corona crisis and is not receiving help from the local government or the Voedselbank. You can think of labor migrants and families without documents. We hope this helps you enjoy your Dutch course even more!
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