What types of courses do you offer? keyboard_arrow_down
We offer a range of group and private courses taught face-to-face, fully remotely, or using a hybrid format.
What programme do you use for online and hybrid courses? keyboard_arrow_down
The system we are using is called Zoom. You will receive all the relevant joining details shortly before your course begins.
How long are courses? keyboard_arrow_down
For General English courses we have different packages:
9 lessons - 22.5 hours
18 lessons - 45 hours
27 lessons - 67.5 hours
36 lessons - 90 hours
The General Dutch and Chinese courses last 24 hours.The other course types such as exam training, intensive and online courses have different lengths. Please see the individual course pages for the information.
On which skill is the emphasis placed? keyboard_arrow_down
In all our courses, the emphasis is placed on verbal communication. Listening exercises are also an integral part of all lessons. Reading is usually assigned as homework in order to build upon the content learnt during lessons, and many courses incorporate writing practice as well.
In Exam Preparation Courses, a larger amount of time is dedicated to reading and writing than in General or Conversation Courses. Needless to say, our Online Writing Courses focus on writing skills.
How many students are in each course? keyboard_arrow_down
Each group course has between 4-8 students.
What is the minimum number of students that is needed for a course to be held? keyboard_arrow_down
We will run a course once 4 students are enrolled. If there are just 3 students enrolled, a course of fewer hours may be offered at the same price. The students will be consulted about this.
What is the target group for Kickstart courses? keyboard_arrow_down
We cater to all different types of people. This is reflected in the wide range of courses on offer at Kickstart. Generally, we cater to professionals, people in higher education, stay-at-home parents, students, au pairs, and children.
Do you have group courses during summer? keyboard_arrow_down
Yes, we organise intensive and regular summer courses during July and August.
Do you have courses for children? keyboard_arrow_down
Yes. We offer private Dutch, English Courses for children and teenagers, as well as a Dutch club for kids age 5-8. See dedicated course pages for more information.
Do you offer private tuition and small group courses? keyboard_arrow_down
Yes. Follow the links to find detailed information about Private and Small Group English, Dutch and Chinese Courses.
Do you offer company courses? keyboard_arrow_down
What is the minimum age? keyboard_arrow_down
The minimum age for most of our group courses is 18 years. The teaching material is focused on the perception of adults. We do offer private and small group Dutch, English and Chinese lessons for children and summer courses in English for teenagers.
Can I register 2 people for the same course? keyboard_arrow_down
Yes, but it is not possible to register 2 people with the same e-mail address. To access our online learning platform, KickstartNet, every registration has to be linked to an individual account with its own e-mail address. If you don't have your own e-mail address, then you can easily create a free e-mail address via, for example, gmail or hotmail.
How much homework is there after each lesson? keyboard_arrow_down
How fast you learn and how much time you have varies from person to person. There are homework guidelines on all our course pages.
How large are the groups? keyboard_arrow_down
There are a maximum of 8 students in the class and a minimum of 4.
Will I have the same teacher for the next course? keyboard_arrow_down
The teacher may be the same but sometimes this is not possible. We understand that it is nice to stay with your own teacher, however it is also refreshing and helpful to get lessons from another teacher. Our teachers are all experienced native-speakers who will teach you the language with great enthusiasm!