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Dutch and English Summer Courses

In the summertime, Kickstart offers intensive Dutch and English Courses to help people improve their language skills in a short period of time.

Dutch Summer Courses

For Dutch, our general Starterpack, Stepping Stone I, and Stepping Stone II group courses can be each be completed within a one-week period. The 24 hours of tuition for each course is divided into 6 lessons of 4 hours, from Monday to Saturday mornings.

Stepping Stone III can be completed within a two-week period. The 24 hours of tuition is divided into 10 lessons (2 lessons of 2 hours, and 8 lessons of 2.5 hours), from Monday to Friday mornings.

Students can progress from Starterpack, to Stepping Stone I, Stepping Stone II, and then Stepping Stone III. The rest of Kickstart’s Dutch Courses programme (Stepping Stone IV, NT2 Programme II, Advanced Dutch) will continue from the September-December term onwards.

English Summer Courses

For English, we offer a separate programme of Intensive English Summer Courses. The content of these courses is unique and does not repeat any of the material covered in the General, Conversation or Practical English Courses that are run during term time. For Kickstart’s current students, these courses also provide the perfect opportunity to further practise and actively build upon their English language skills.

These Intensive English Courses are offered at two levels – Pre-Intermediate/Intermediate and Upper-Intermediate/Advanced. The 24 hours of tuition for each course is divided into 8 lessons of 3 hours, spread across two weeks from Monday to Thursday mornings.

The Intensive English Summer Courses are stand-alone programmes that are offered twice during the summer: once in July and once in August.

N.B. Students cannot complete the Pre-Intermediate/Intermediate level and then immediately progress to the Upper-Intermediate/Advanced level. Rather, students should complete the regular suite of General Courses during term time in order to move up a whole language level.

 What our students say about us

  • My experience with Kickstart has been highly beneficial in both developing language skills and improving my knowledge of the Dutch culture. Josien's support is always spot on and very intuitive in relation to personal circumstances. She spends a lot more than the official time allocated to really get to know her clients and her approach is customised accordingly. She was recommended to me by other Shell colleagues who expressed the same sentiment and I was fortunate enough to benefit from this during the time I spent with her.

    Vennasa van de Ven, Migration Manager working at Shell

  • Entering the Kickstart school premises alone gives you a push of energy and the commitment this will help to create is hardly unmatched in any other language school. The methodology and the approach used in the lessons also helps smoothly unlock the secrets of everyday Dutch. Kickstart School has helped me get in touch with the 'undutchable' culture of the Netherlands and its people. The individual language training I could experience at Kickstart School has been one of the best educational experiences I could have in Europe.

    Alessandro d’Addario, European Law Enforcement 

  • I really enjoyed my English lessons with the Kickstart School. The teacher was professional and really knew the subject. The way they teach is also great! The classes are presented in a clear and professional manner and the online exercises completed at home are very helpful. The teacher always provided useful feedback. It's a great experience to join a Kickstart course with such a friendly atmosphere of students and teachers.

    Beatriz Pedroche, Spain 

  • Kickstart has been the ideal place for me to learn. The teachers are very helpful and friendly and have always gone the "extra mile" to help me learn in a positive way. Their teaching is practical with elements that can immediately be applied to everyday living situations. Included in the lessons are cultural aspects of living in the Netherlands that make learning Dutch dynamic and fun; you learn the language and about the place and the people! The teachers took an active interest in my progress and provided valuable customized sessions that maintained my strengths and developed my weaknesses; all in a patient, fun and friendly style.

    Graeme Ting, dentist from New Zealand 

  • My first contact with Kickstart School was after 1 month of living in The Netherlands, when I started to study Dutch. At the time I didn’t have any knowledge of the language, but with their courses organized by levels I developed important language skills and learned about the Dutch culture. They all do a great job at Kickstart because their motto it’s not just a motto – they are really pleased to teach you. You learn a language in a friendly atmosphere, make new friends from all over the world, and all in a cosy building right in the heart of The Hague.

    Anca Boros, mathematics and physics teacher from Romania

  • During my time with Kickstart I have learned a lot and gained confidence. I was always challenged by the interesting assignments, but never too much. I have really enjoyed the classes!

    Sabine de Bruijn, Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

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