Vrouw volgt online cursus via laptop
Vrouw volgt online cursus via laptop

Online course: writing for non-native speakers

You have a good command of the Dutch language and you consider writing to be a fun hobby or an important part of your work or studies. However, you've also noticed that your texts aren't having the desired effect, aren't coming across as you'd like, or that you struggle with syntax, grammar or word choice.

    General

    What will the course bring you?

    • What should and shouldn't I write about?
    • To what extent can I address my colleague, supervisor or colleague directly?
    • How can my writing style and word choice help me improve my professional image?
    • How do I present an argument more convincingly?
    • How do I get my readers to do what I want?
    • How do I tackle a longer text?
    • How can I improve my sentence structure and avoid making mistakes?

    This course will help you improve your Dutch writing skills, understand the writing process and make better choices. You will also focus on several key improvement areas.

    Target group

    Non-native speakers with at least B1 language proficiency. If you do not have official documentation that proves your level, we will assess it during an intake interview. This course is intended for people who need to be able to write Dutch effectively for their jobs, studies, and/or private projects. If you want a general level increase, a group course for advanced or very advanced students may be more suitable. The online writing course can be followed together with the online speaking course.

    What others think of our courses

    I'm getting a lot of compliments from people around me (privately and at work). They say my Dutch writing and communication skills have noticeably improved. I'm more careful about how I write and say things now. I keep learning new words and other new things, which is a lot of fun. I know what to look out for.

    - Amelia Lukmanto, Stedenbouwkundig Bureau ANL in Oosterbeek

    Do you have a DUO loan for civic integration?

    To embark on a Dutch language course using your DUO loan, you must fulfil a number of terms and conditions. Find out precisely how this works via the link below.

    More about the DUO loan for civic integration

    Starting date

    23 September 2024, 6 pm
    Deze cursus eindigt op 25 november 2024. Elke bijeenkomst duurt 1 uur.
    Costs
    €648
    Discount
    100% (medewerkers RU en Radboudumc), 50% (studenten RU), 10% (medewerkers en alumni RU; medewerkers en studenten WUR)
    VAT-free
    Yes
    Educational method
    Online
    Main Language
    Dutch
    Number of sessions
    8
    Intake
    Yes
    Maximum number of participants
    9

    Factsheet

    Type of education
    Training
    Level
    Intermediate
    Result
    Certificate

    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] into.ru.nl (info[at]into[dot]ru[dot]nl)

    This course takes place from 23 September to 25 November 2024.

    Course day and time: Monday from 6.00 - 7.00 pm 
    Location: Online via the Virtual Classroom and always involves guidance from a teacher 
    Number of participants: min. 6 - max. 9

    If a lesson is cancelled, it will be rescheduled in the week following the last lesson.

    Course contents

    During this course you will learn to write clearly and effectively. You will also learn to make decisions under time pressure and improve your professional and/or academic image in e-mails, business letters and short reports. In doing so, you will gain insight into your strengths and weaknesses as a writer. Concrete feedback will help you to further improve your strengths and to minimise your weaknesses.

    Course structure

    Each participant will formulate his or her own learning goals on which they will focus throughout the course. This could range from writing an academic paper or writing web content for a new corporate website to improving your client-friendly communication skills.

    You will learn a lot from the other participants during this course by sharing feedback and exchanging thoughts and ideas on a forum. You will also receive individual feedback from the writing coach. This course consists of eight virtual lessons with a writing coach as well as several assignments (e.g. online discussion exercises). During these lessons, issues covered in the assignments as well as common mistakes will be discussed. The lessons are therefore demand-driven.

    What skills will you master after the training programme?

    • I feel confident writing in Dutch in situations relevant to me.
    • I know how to approach writing processes effectively.
    • I can write well-structured texts.
    • I can structure my texts and make them coherent.
    • I can adjust my writing in terms of tone and style to suit the purpose and audience.
    • I know the conventions of text types relevant to me (e.g. reports and instructions).
    • I can use strategies to compensate for weaker aspects of my writing.

    Active participation

    The only way to ensure a successful course is if the participants practice writing regularly and participate actively in the lessons. The course is based largely around the participants’ needs and requirements. The learning environment serves as a community in which non-natives can help each other improve their writing skills.

    Course material

    • Naef, R., & Te Brake, S. The right tone. Business Dutch for non-natives. Publisher Coutinho, 2019. ISBN 9789046906637

    Course material is not included in the course fee. The course material can be purchased at Roelants bookstore.

    Costs

    • Regular fee: € 648,-
    • RU students: € 324,- (50% discount)
    • RU and Radboudumc staff: free of charge (provided that they meet the necessary conditions for Language Policy Courses)
    • RU staff and alumni; WUR staff and students: € 583,20 (10% discount)

    Determine your level with a free intake

    If you have not completed a B1 Dutch course with us, then you can only register for this course after you have had an intake assessment proving that you have already attained B1 level.

    More information and plan your intake-assessment

    Registration

    Have you followed a Dutch course at In’to through which you attained B1 level? Or have you had your intake assessment, in which the teacher confirmed that you are at B1 level? Then you can register for the course below.

    Register now

    This course starts every year in September and February. 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.