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The Language Centre will be offering a new round of courses starting in September 2016. The timetables are now available on the website and online registration is open!
To the Language Centre website
Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) Introduction to Dutch
New round starting on 15 August
The Introduction to Dutch MOOC [Massive Open Online Course], an online course in Dutch for non-native speakers, will start its sixth run on Monday 15 August. Online surveys and evaluations among participants have yielded some interesting findings. For example, the MOOC is most popular among women aged 25 to 34. Over 90,000 participants from all over the world have already learned Dutch with Introduction to Dutch. The map above shows where they are from.
 
The MOOC is intended for those who want to learn Dutch or are planning to visit the Netherlands for work, study or leisure. Anyone interested can register free of charge on the Future Learn website. 
 
Expats at Capgemini learn Dutch using the MOOC
The MOOC is not exclusively intended for private individuals. The IT and consultancy firm Capgemini is active in over 40 countries, and its 180,000 staff members include more than 120 nationalities. The company regularly receives staff members from abroad who come and work here for a period of time and need to learn the basics of Dutch. The MOOC offered by the University of Groningen Language Centre provides a perfect introduction for this group of learners. Capgemini staff are following the MOOC in groups of 15 participants, with additional support provided by a trainer.
 
The MOOC as an example of valorization
The Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU) has published an online magazine entitled Valorisatie in beeld, in which the 14 Dutch universities show how society can benefit from academic knowledge. From social collaboration, media performances and university museums to startups, patents and research partnerships with the business world; all possible forms of knowledge utilization are discussed. The Language Centre’s MOOC is presented as one of the examples from the University of Groningen.

Meet the clients
Who are the Language Centre’s clients? Here’s one of them!

Christian Seidl came to Groningen in 2014 to do a Pre-Master’s in Marketing. He lived in a student house with Dutch fellow students, and during lectures he also had a lot of contact with students from other countries.
 
‘After my studies in Germany I wanted to see new things and discover a new culture. I decided to come to Groningen. Despite the fact that the Netherlands and Germany are so close to each other, there are still more than enough interesting cultural differences to discover. I followed a course in Dutch for native speakers of German at the Language Centre. I had heard that it is relatively easy for German speakers to learn Dutch. I quickly learned the language, so I was soon able to have simple conversations and buy fruit and vegetables at the Vismarkt, for example.
I really think that everyone should follow at least a basic Dutch course. It is a nice gesture and it makes life so much easier if you are able to understand the people in the supermarket or at the university.

I founded the German Society in Groningen together with Tim Steinhoff and André Assenmacher. We know that there are lots of German students in Groningen, but there was no organization that represented this group of students. In addition, we also want to promote Dutch-German friendships and enable Dutch and international students to get to know German students and the German culture.’
 
Christian is now finishing his Master’s degree programme in Marketing and he is having such a good time in the Netherlands that he has decided to stay. He will be starting his new job in Rotterdam in September.
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