The Rubio Dutch Method

1. No old school sit-down-with-a-book homework.

Step 1: Prepare for each class with short grammar instruction videos.
Step 2: Practise in class
Step 3: Choose what language activities connected to your goals you want to integrate in your daily routine that week and start building a bridge between classroom practice and your daily life.

2. Mindset coaching

Overcome your shyness to speak outside of the classroom. Learn how to handle your perfectionism. We give you:
- Practical tools
- Understanding of the natural stages of learning
- Tips&tricks to influence and control your Dutch conversations (in an environment where everybody speaks English to you)

3. Goal-setting

We start by creating clear and tangible goals for each step in your learning process. This way you know where to focus your attention, plus it will give you the positive feedback you need to maintain motivation.

4. Creating efficient learning habits

We look at your existing routines and habits and seek ways to use them as a cue for practicing the Dutch skills you need, connected to your goals. We help you to create opportunities to connect and interact in Dutch. Every week we evaluate what works and doesn't work, and we tweak the system to fit your ever-changing journey into becoming fluent.

Groups are small: no more than 9 students, ensuring enough individual attention to keep an eye on your progress.

To learn more about the levels, click here. Not sure what the right level is for you? Click here
Read more about our course prices here.

  • All Year Round Conversation Course (A2+) – Start when you want!

    All Year Round Saturday Morning Conversation Course

    ***CURRENTLY THIS COURSE IS TAUGHT ONLINE DUE TO CORONA MEASUREMENTS. IF THE SITUATION PERMITS, WE WILL START AGAIN WITH FACE-TO-FACE CLASSES IN AUGUST 2020. THANKS FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING!***

    Rubio Dutch Effective Dutch for Busy People:
    No Homework & Mindset Coaching

    You need to be at an B1 level or higher for this course. Not sure what your level is?
    Please contact us, and we'll send you a more in-depth level test or arrange a short intake phone call.

    For more information, or a free intake call, no strings attached, you can also send an email to: office@rubiodutch.nl

    Effective Dutch Conversation Classes (B1)
    We offer classes every two weeks, you pick and choose what lessons you'd like to attend.
    Start: Start whenever you want! Classes will take place every two weeks, you attend the ones that are interesting to you, see schedule below. You have 4 months from the date you sign up to take the 5 classes.
    Teacher: Marianne Houben
    Time: 10.30h – 12.30h
    Schedule: 5 class package of 2 hours each (10 hours total)
    Structure: Students purchase credits for 5 classes (10 hrs) and are free to use these credits in a period of 4 months (8 classes) for the lessons they choose.

    Price: € 240,- for 5 lessons (10 hours, within 4 months),  € 344,- for 8 lessons (16 hours, within 6 months)
    Participants: 5-15 persons

    Content: Making small talk, navigating social situations, getting more information, having conversations with service providers, teachers, doctors, etc., giving opinions, requesting and giving instructions, expressing criticism, resolving conflict, having respectful debate, giving an elevator pitch for yourself or your ideas, how to participate in meetings, brainstorming, etc.

     31 oktober Iemand vragen iets voor je te doen (een verzoek) of een instructie geven is in Nederland misschien anders dan je gewend bent. We oefenen situaties op het werk, met vrienden, kinderen, buren en clubgenoten.
     14 november Spontaan een korte (elevator pitch) of iets langere presentatie over jezelf of een thema geven blijft een uitdaging! We oefenen hiermee en ook met vragen beantwoorden.
     28 november De feestmaand komt eraan met borrels en diners. We spreken met elkaar over Nederlandse feestgewoontes en oefenen met snelle gesprekjes met bekenden en onbekenden, zoals collega's bij de kerstborrel en ouders bij het schooldiner.
     12 december Spreken over vroeger. We duiken in het verleden en vertellen verhalen over gebeurtenissen van vroeger. We oefenen met de perfectum/imperfectum, maar ook met beschrijvingen en details.

    More dates will follow soon!!

     

    Looking forward to meet you soon at our school!

    -By paying for this course, you pay for five lessons out of eight that must be used within four months. The conversation course consists of eight lessons total, of which you may attend any five. Pick and choose the lessons that interest you! After the first series of 8 lessons, we might continue with more conversation lessons throughout the year.

    -Please note that we require a minimum number of students in order to run the course. If you sign up and we do not reach this number, you receive a full refund. We will confirm whether or not the course goes ahead one week before the scheduled start date.

    Corona-update:
    As you know, these are strange times, with the coronavirus spreading. Therefor all our classes take place online, until further notice. Thanks for your understanding!

     

    If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know!
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  • Beginners I ONLINE Evening Course (A0 > A2-) – Tuesday 1 December

    Effective Dutch Group ONLINE Evening Course

    Beginners I

    Not sure what your level is? Please contact us, and we’ll send you a more in-depth level test or arrange a short intake phone call.

    For more information on evening courses, click here. For more information, or a free intake call, no strings attached, you can also send an email to: office@rubiodutch.nl

    Effective Dutch Evening Course Beginners I 

    Start: Tuesday 1 December (classes every Tuesday and Thursday)
    Time: Classes twice a week, 17.00-18.15h
    Schedule: 16 classes of 1h and 15 min each (20 hours total) (no class week of 18 December and 4 January for holidays)
    Last Class: Thursday 4 February 2021
    Price: € 475,-
    Participants: 5-10 persons

    Teacher: Saveeta

    Content: Basics of Dutch Language. Meet and greet, basic conversation, “de” versus “het”, spelling, pronunciation, construction of the sentence, verbs: present and past/ regular and irregular, prepositions, numbers, alphabet/years/months/days/hours/minutes, common situations, vocabulary, etc.

    After this course you will know how to:
    – Form a sentence with the right word order / sentence structure
    – Accurately spell most simple words
    – Conjugate all verbs in present tense
    – Conjugate many verbs in the perfectum
    – Talk about topics directly related to your personal life
    – Pronounce and recognize the 15 vowels
    – Understand the difference between de/het/een
    – Read and understand simple children’s stories

    Hope to see you soon at Rubio Dutch!

    -Please note that we require a minimum number of students in order to run the course. If you sign up and we do not reach this number, you receive a full refund. We will confirm whether or not the course goes ahead one week before the scheduled start date.- 

    If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know!

     

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  • Beginners II ONLINE Course (A2- > A2) – Monday 23 November

    Effective Dutch Online Evening Course

    Beginners II

    Rubio Dutch Effective Dutch for Busy People:
    No Homework & Mindset Coaching

    Not sure what your level is? Please contact us, and we’ll send you a more in-depth level test or arrange a short intake phone call.

    For more information on evening courses, click here. For more information, or a free intake call, no strings attached, you can also send an email to: office@rubiodutch.nl

    Effective Dutch Online Evening Course Beginners II
    Start: 23 November
    Time: 19.00-20.15h
    Schedule: 16 classes of 1 hour 15 minutes each (20 hours total) (classes on Mondays and Tuesdays, no class on November 24 or the week of December 18/January 4 for holidays)
    Last Class: 1 February
    Price: € 475,-
    Participants: 5-9 persons

    Teacher: Edo

    ***NOTE: This course is scheduled to take place online. Because of the limited amount of space in our classrooms, it won’t be possible to keep 1,5m distance in group classes.***

    Content: Basics of Dutch Language. Complex sentence structure, conversation, pronunciation, verbs: present, future and past/ regular and irregular, common situations, vocabulary, imperative, ‘er’, etc.

    After this course you will know how to:
    – Structure coordinate and subordinate sentences
    – Correctly use conjunctions
    – Conjugate many verbs in perfectum and imperfectum
    – Hold social conversation on a range of different topics
    – Talk about the future
    – Pronounce and recognize the 15 vowels
    – Use ‘er’ for place and for counting
    – Give and receive instructions
    – Read and understand simple stories
    – Write short letters

    Hope to meet you soon at our school!

    -Please note that we require a minimum number of students in order to run the course. If you sign up and we do not reach this number, you receive a full refund. We will confirm whether or not the course goes ahead one week before the scheduled start date.-

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  • Creative Writing Workshop “Schrijfplezier!” – Saturday 21 November 2020

    Schrijfplezier! Creative Writing in Dutch

    Our course ‘Schrijfplezier’ at Rubio Dutch Amsterdam is aimed to help you with fluency, self-confidence and your personal style and voice in Dutch. In this creative writing course, we not only help you with grammar and vocab, but also guide you to find your unique way of expressing yourself in Dutch, taking in account the cultural use of words and language. Furthermore, we teach you the tools to self-correct your own texts, so you can continue to learn after the course has finished. In this course there will be a combination of shorter and longer writing assignments, online and in class, frequent online feedback by the teacher and fellow students, and four 1,5-hour live group sessions.
    We practice with letters, emails, short summaries of events, blogs, poetic texts, presentations, descriptions of situations, places or people, and dialogue writing.

    Goal
    The main goal of this course is to improve your Dutch repertoire and your vocab, so you can express yourself more easily. Also, finding joy in using Dutch is an important goal of the course. Find the words that fit your personality! The more you enjoy using a language, the less effort it takes.

    Course content
    – 4 group sessions of 1,5 hours each (once a month, maximum 8 participants)
    – 6 longer writing assignments and many short writing exercises in class and online
    online written feedback from your teacher and other participants after each assignment
    2 private sessions (phone or zoom, 30 min each) with the teacher for personal feedback and questions

    What you need
    level B2 Dutch or having finished the Intermediate II course at Rubio Dutch (if in doubt about your level, please contact us at info@rubiodutch.nl for a short level test)
    a laptop or computer and access to internet
    a reliable dictionary like Van Dale, Prisma or NT2 woordenboek, or mijnwoordenboek.nl
    availability to come to our school in Amsterdam for the 3 live sessions

    Course calendar

    Activities Dates & Deadlines
    Handout assignment 1 Thursday 12 November
    Deadline assignment 1 Thursday 19 November
    Online group session 1 (1,5 hrs)

    Handout assignment 2

    Monday 23 November 2020

    18.30-20.00 hrs

    Deadline assignment 2

    Deadline written feedback group & teacher

    Handout Assignment 3

    TBD

    TBD


    TBD

    1st private session with teacher 30 minutes via Zoom/Skype/WhatsApp or phone (to be planned)
    Deadline assignment 3

    Deadline written feedback group & teacher

    TBD

    TBD

    Online group session 2 (1,5 hrs)

    Handout assignment 4

    Monday 11 January 2021

    18.30-20.00 hrs

    Deadline assignment 4

    Deadline written feedback group & teacher

    Handout assignment 5

    TBD

    TBD


    TBD

    2nd private session with teacher 30 minutes via Zoom/Skype/WhatsApp or phone (to be planned)
    Deadline assignment 5

    Deadline written feedback group & teacher

    TBD

    TBD

    Online group session 3 (1,5 hrs)

    Handout assignment 6

    Deadline assignment 6

    Deadline written feedback group & teacher

    Monday 15 February 2021

    18.30-20.00 hrs

    TBD

    TBD

    Online group session 4 (1,5 hrs)

     

    Monday 15 March 2021

    18.30-20.00 hrs

    Price
    This course is 395 euro per person, including course materials, 4 online group sessions, the 2x 30min online zoom/phone private sessions with the teacher and the online feedback from your teacher. Our courses are exempt from btw (VAT).

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  • Intermediate II ONLINE Course (B1- > B1+) – Monday 23 November

    Effective Dutch (Online) Evening Course

    Intermediate II (B1- > B1+)

    Rubio Dutch Effective Dutch for Busy People:

    **NOTE: This course is scheduled to take place online. Because of the limited amount of space in our classrooms, it won’t be possible to keep 1,5m distance in group classes.***

    No Traditional Homework & Mindset Coaching

    Not sure what your level is? Please contact us, and we’ll send you a more in-depth level test or arrange a short intake phone call.

    For more information on evening courses, click here. For more information, or a free intake call, no strings attached, please send an email to: office@rubiodutch.nl

    Effective Dutch Intermediate II Course:

    Start: Monday November 23 (classes every Monday and Wednesday), last class Wednesday January 27
    Time: 17.30-18.45
    Schedule: 16 classes of 1 hour and 15 minutes each (20 hours total) (week of December 18 and January 4 off for holidays)
    Price: € 475,-
    Participants: 4-9 persons
    Teacher: Marianne

    Content:

    Grammar:
    • How to use “zullen” in all its forms
    • How to use “zouden” in all its forms
    • Modal verbs, their use and meaning
    • Word order in the sentence: complex sentences
    • Complaints: written and spoken
    • Moving house: finding a new place to live
    • Perfectum/imperfectum: use
    • Plusquamperfectum
    • Reflexive pronoun
    • Passive form of the verb
    • Die or dat
    • Continuous Tense
    After this course you will know how to:
    • understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.
    • deal with most situations likely to arise in daily life in an area where the language is spoken.
    • produce simple connected text on topics that are familiar or of personal interest.
    • describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

    If you have any further questions, get in touch by email: office@rubiodutch.nl

    Hope to see you soon at Rubio Dutch!

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