Dutch courses & levels

Language Institute Simpel Nederlands uses for evaluation the popular CEFR standard (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). The four reference Dutch levels are widely accepted as the global standard for grading an individual’s language proficiency.

Dutch level vs level of education

Dutch levelDutch vocabularyLevel of educationDutch exams
Level A1 Basic User 1.000 words Primary school
Level A2 Elementary 3.000 words Secondary school Civic Integration Exam
Level B1 Intermediate 5.000 words Intermediate vocational education The State Exams NT2-1
Level B2 Upper intermediate 12.000 words To start HBO/University study The State Exams NT2-2
Level C1 Advanced 21.000 words
Level C2 Proficiency 30.000 words To work at HBO/University level

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Dutch level A1 (Beginner)
Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can 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 things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

Dutch level A2 (Elementary Dutch)
Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.

Dutch level B1 (Intermediate Dutch)
Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

Dutch level B2 (Upper-Intermediate)
Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

Dutch level C1 (Advanced Dutch)
Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning. Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.

Dutch level C2 (Proficiency)
Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.

Dutch courses

Dutch levelDutch course
Level A1 Basic UserDutch Beginners course A1 Step 1
Dutch Beginners course A1 Step 2
Dutch Beginners course A1 Step 3
Level A2 ElementaryDutch Semi-Intermediate A2 Step 1
Dutch Semi-Intermediate A2 Step 2
Dutch Semi-Intermediate A2 Step 3
Level B1 IntermediateDutch Intermediate course B1
Level B2 Upper intermediateDutch Upper Intermediate course B2
Dutch levelDutch course
Level A1 Basic UserDutch Beginners course A1 Step 1
Dutch Beginners course A1 Step 2
Dutch Beginners course A1 Step 3
Level A2 ElementaryDutch Semi-Intermediate A2 Step 1
Dutch Semi-Intermediate A2 Step 2
Dutch Semi-Intermediate A2 Step 3
Level B1 IntermediateDutch Intermediate course B1
Level B2 Upper intermediateDutch Upper Intermediate course B2

 

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Teacher Philippe