Dutch as a foreign language

General Information

Are you interested in learning the Dutch language? We offer in-person courses for adults in different levels starting August 26, 2023 and NT3 for elementary school aged children.

NT3 online

For children aged 6 to 12 years (grades 3-8) we practice with the method 'Horen, Zien en Schrijven' (HZS). This is an exercise program processing of the Dutch language. At the core of the program are 32 workbooks on appealing themes such as school, friends, family, animals and holidays. The workbooks are divided over 4 levels. The program is very suitable for beginners and everyone can board at their own level.

The classes are offered online only and in consultation with the teacher. Depending on the enrollment the group size may vary. If you like to have more information or to schedule a class, please contact kantoor@klokhuis.com.

Dutch Language education for adults

Group classes are held on Saturdays in Chicago, St. Matthias Elementary. Private lessons are offered online.

Your teacher will be Frits Lentz, who is experienced in teaching Dutch to adults.

For beginners we will use the method ' Vanzelfsprekend' (Basic 1). Intermediate students follow the curriculum of 'Nederlands in actie'. Each course takes 15 weeks and requires a minimum of 3 students to enroll.  

Once you have decided on the appropriate level, click on this registration form. If you are unsure of your level or are interested in a private (online) class, please email to learndutch@klokhuis.com or call 908.626.0608.

Level overview

Below is a brief overview of the basic levels we offer. Each course takes 17 weeks:

ERK A1: Basic I and II
At the end of these courses you can
- understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type.
- introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and thing she/she has.
- interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.
At the end of the Basic II course, students are ready to take the Inburgeringsexamen (integration examination for immigrants from outside the EU)

Course fee:

Each course of 17 weeks costs $600 ($575 online) + $15 administration costs. The different levels require materials which need to purchased. 'Vanzelfsprekend' will be used for the first 3 Basic courses, 'Niet-Vanzelfsprekend' will be used for Advanced Plus and Intermediate, and 'Nederlands op Niveau' will be used in the Intermediate Advanced level.

Chicago - Group classes location and times:

St. Matthias Elementary School, 4910 N. Claremont Ave, Chicago
Saturday 8:45am-10.30am Basic 1 (Vanzelfsprekend)
Saturday 10:30am-12.15pm Intermediate 2 (Nederlands in actie)

Online classes:
All online classes are from 7.00-8.45 pm - different levels on different days

Fall course dates Saturday: 
2023 Aug 26, Sept 9, 16, 23, 30,Oct 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov 4, 11, 18, (no class 25th), Dec 2, 9,  16,  2024 Jan 6,  and 13

Spring course dates Saturday:
2024 Jan 20, 27, Feb 3, 10, (no class 17th),24; March 2, 9, 16, 23, (no class 30th); April 6 , 13, 20, 27; May 4, 11, 18 and June 1st

Further information

For any further questions about our basic courses, email learndutch@klokhuis.com.

For more information including class dates. times and fees; click here.

CNaVT Exams

The school offers CNaVT (Certificate Nederlands als Vreemde Taal) exams. If you wish to take the CNaVT exam, click here for more information. Please contact Frits Lentz, licensed examiner, to schedule the exam.