The preliminary phase is intended for students who have not effectively or insufficiently learned to read and write in their own language or they are illiterate. It generally concerns students who have had little or no education in their country of origin. We classify this language level as starting level A0.
The teaching objective of the literacy level is to teach the basics of the Dutch language. The student gets a picture of Dutch society and gradually learns to read, write, speak and understand the Dutch language at his own level and pace. The student learns, for example, the basic grammar and all thirty-six sounds, such as ui/oe/e/ee/b/d etc. Furthermore, the student learns to approach exam exercises in an effective way, fill in a form, make simple conversations, etc.
The goal of the literacy level is to work towards level A1, which is the starting point of the (next) integration course.
This process is also a good preparation for the integration test in abroad.
In order to pass the civic integration exam, a student must in principle follow the course Literacy.
By means of the Latin alphabet – in addition to speaking and listening – the basis of reading and writing is taught.
The method used for this level is called ‘7/43’ method.
Students can only read and write when they know a number of words and concepts orally. That is why the method focuses on technical learning to read and write.
The principle is that the reading and writing skills are practiced on the basis of seven themes and 43 basic words. The seven themes are as follows: shopping and eating, clothing, body, school and lesson, home, kitchen and travel. At the end of the course, a final test will be taken.
If the course has been successfully completed, the student can proceed to the integration course.
Duration of Process
The grammar learning process takes on average at least 12 to 18 months, because a big part of this group have a low learning curve.
General Condition: Group Size, Teaching Hours
Furthermore, for all levels, the groups are kept small (with a maximum of 10 students) and homogeneous.
Additionally, the student will receive three sessions per week, including a half-hour break. A student has nine lessons per week.