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Language course Dutch Sign Language A1

Do you work with people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, or do you know anyone who is deaf or hard-of-hearing in your social circle who you would like to learn to communicate better with? Basic Dutch Sign Language Skills can enhance your ability to communicate with people who are deaf and hard-of-hearing. This basic course covers basic vocabulary and grammar, but above all expressive visual communication in a broader sense.


    Dutch Sign Language for Beginners focuses on visual communication. Expressive facial expressions and clearly using the space around you enable you to make yourself understood without speech in a range of situations. A solid start is made with learning the lexicon and grammar of Dutch Sign Language; the language of the deaf community in the Netherlands. The course also includes an initial introduction to deaf culture.

    Target group

    The Dutch Sign Language for Beginners course is designed for anyone who wants to build a solid foundation in Dutch Sign Language in a short amount of time.


    This course will help you on your way to language level A1.

    Starting date

    03 October 2024, 6 pm
    This course ends on 28 November 2024. Each session takes 1.5 hours.
    50% (RU students), 10% (RU & Radboudumc staff and alumni; WUR students and staff)
    Educational method
    Main Language
    Number of sessions
    Maximum number of participants


    Type of education

    Contact information

    Do you have a question? Or would you like to discuss which course best suits your needs and starting level? Feel free to contact us. We are happy to help you out.

    Contact us

    024-361 21 59
    info [at] (info[at]into[dot]ru[dot]nl)

    This course will take place from 3 October until 28 November 2024. There is no class in the week of 21 October because of the Autumn Break.

    Class day and time: Tuesdays from 6.00 - 7.30 pm
    Location: On campus in Nijmegen
    Number of participants: min. 6 - max. 18

    Catch-up classes will be arranged the week after the final class if any classes are cancelled. You should count on about three to four hours of individual study per week.

    Course materials

    Course materials will be distributed during the first class. We send you an invoice for the cost of the textbook (€24.50) and the online package (€31.50).


    • Regular fee: € 319,-
    • RU students: € 159.50 (50% discount)
    • RU and Radboudumc staff & alumni : € 287.10 (10% discount)

    Are you studying or working at WUR? Then have a look at the fees.


    If you are unsure which course is best suited to your level and goal, feel free to contact the deaf teacher via email (johan.ros [at] or with a hearing colleague by phone (appointment via ellen.ormel [at]

    Register now

    This course starts every year in January/February, April/May and October. If you would like to take this course, but is it fully booked or your desired start date has not yet been listed, let us know that you would like to be kept informed, and we will let you know when you can sign up for new dates.