Dutch lessons, Dutch training or Dutch coaching?

You want to learn or improve your Dutch. Your chances to do so are quite big if you are reading this text. But which formula suits you the best? Is it Dutch lessons, Dutch training or Dutch coaching? Every school or training company seems to offer one. How to choose the right one for yourself and not lose the overview?

With this article we will help you to decide what suits you the best. Is it Dutch lessons, Dutch training or Dutch coaching you’re looking for?

First, we’ll give you an overview then we’ll assist you in choosing which of them suits you the best and, in the end of this page we’ll offer you a FREE preliminary training. That’s because we want to offer you a language learning experience with a lot of joy while learning and fantastic results!

This is what clients say about us:

What do you find unique in the Dutch Language Classes approach?:
“During the classes I had lot of fun while learning many new things. This made these Dutch lessons very enjoyable and relaxed. You almost don’t realize it but in fact I was learning a lot!”
Why should other Dutch language trainees decide to work with Dutch Language Classes?:
“It works! From a perfectionist being afraid of making mistakes I came to the level of active use of the language. Dutch Language Classes delivered the result I wished for… And I got an ITNA Dutch language certificate.”
(Sona K. – see the testimonial)


What’s the difference between lessons, training or coaching?

  • Lesson:
    A lesson we know very well from our time at school. Generally spoken, it means that a certain expert (normally called “the teacher”) knows about a certain topic and explains it to others (the “students”). The students listen silently to the teacher and “consume” the knowledge he is distributing. They will memorize it and then reproduce it.
    When we apply this definition to learning Dutch you will probably think about a teacher standing in front of a class, talking about a certain grammar rule, telling how important and difficult this topic is and about students listening vigorously, writing it all down and making fill in the blancs exercises.
  • Training:
    A training can be defined as a more active form of learning. There still is an expert (now, he will normally be called “the trainer”) and a group of learners (the “trainees”) but the learning process and the course dynamics are completely different. The trainer is not just orating his knowledge but he is using activities to make the learners “get it”. They do not just get it because the trainer knows the topic that well. Our learners will eventually say “I got it, it’s not that hard” because they did activities that made things clear for them.
    The actual learning process is in the activity itself or the later reflection on it. The trainer just directs the learning.
    Taking that to learning Dutch means doing small interviews or conversations over playing theatre to giving your own presentation. The trainer gives exercises, encourages people to try them, notices possible mistakes and corrects them in a constructive way. It’s a little like a football training. It is not the goal that the trainer starts to play football, he just provides a training activity, to make the team play football.
  • Coaching:
    A coaching is also a very active form of learning. The expert (who will be called “coach”) helps the learner (or “coachee”) to achieve his own specific goals. These goals are defined in a constant mutual interaction between the two of them.
    A good coach will provide the coachee with a system or a strategy (a set of techniques that whenever followed will allow the coachee to obtain a good result, predictably) butt is the learner who will discover and walk the path. Controls are processed through questions and the learning can be adjusted.

Learning Dutch with a coach means that you set a specific challenge (e.g. obtaining a Dutch language certificate or finding a job in Dutch). Together with the coach you can set smaller goals and off you go. Armed with a secure system you start to achieve the goals and there is always a feedback session to evaluate what went good, what needs further improvement and – most important- what you learned from it.

People already told us about their “fear to speak” when someone else could hear them (and to make mistakes). We took them to Dutch speaking town and gave them a “mission”. We were there for them if they needed us – like a shadow- but they found ways to achieve their mission themselves. In case of this person with a “speaking anxiety”, he even guided us in a museum and didn’t even notice that his audience kept growing. He now talks Dutch like he always used to do in French (his mother tongue).

Of course these three forms of learning (Dutch lessons, Dutch training and Dutch coaching) go for a large part hand in hand. Without first being told how a word sounds or how a grammar rule works, we would never be able to practice it by making exercises and without having practiced it we would not be able to apply it in our day-to-day live. Getting it, practicing it and doing it are the tree necessary steps in every effective learning path.

How to decide?

  • Dutch Lesson:
    If you are completely unfamiliar with the Dutch language and you want to get a basic introduction, you’ll probably benefit the most from Dutch lessons.
    In another post on this blog, you’ll find lists of the Dutch language learning schools that can help you out. There even is a specific list for Dutch language learning schools in Leuven and a post about a project entirely dedicated to lessons in Flemish Dutch.

This doesn’t mean we don’t want to explain anything. As the matter of fact, we still do a lot of explaining. We are native Dutch speaking people with a background of teaching and training so we love to help you with everything, whether your question is about how to put a certain question, about culture or just about grammar. We will always do our best to give the best answer to every question. Just because we know all learners have questions and we want them all to feel like the client who wrote us this testimonial:

“… the lessons were not boring, learned different things in every lesson. also had time to ask a lot of questions.”.
(Esra C. – see the testimonial)

However giving lessons was never the specialty of Dutch Language Classes we are glad to help you with your more theoretical questions. Since there are many high quality schools that give Dutch lessons, we ‘d better refer you to them.

Are you one of these many expats that already took some Dutch courses? Perhaps you have some diplomas in Dutch. Are you still struggling to actively speak Dutch? Then we have good news for you. Providing Dutch training and Dutch coaching that really make you speak is what we love to do and we do it the best. Read on because to prove that, we’ll offer you a preliminary Dutch training for FREE. Like this, you can check it out yourself. We already helped a lot of people struggling with this problem. A couple of them said following about how we work:

What do you find unique in the Dutch Language Classes approach?
“The amount of time that can be dedicated to actually speak Dutch is much more substantial than in Groep T or ILT.”
Why should other Dutch language trainees decide to work with Dutch Language Classes?
“The middle/higher levels at Groep T and ILT were not providing us the skills that we needed for our daily life in Flanders.”
Your Recommendation:
“If you feel you got several Dutch diplomas but don’t really speak the language then it may be time to consider another type of training like the Dutch Language Classes General Dutch Conversation trainings.”
(Roland P. and Caro R. – see the testimonial)


  • Dutch training:
    In a Dutch training you will start to actively use the Dutch language without fear of making mistakes. In all possible situations. We will constructively correct you when mistakes occur and you will build the routines and habits to keep using your Dutch. That’s why we developed the General Dutch Conversation Trainings.One of our former trainees put it like this:
“I had a background in grammar but I couldn’t talk.
At the end of the course I was able to have a conversation with colleagues and to express my point of view.”
(Aline H. – see the testimonial)


A General Dutch Conversation Training can be organised for one individual or for small groups of learners with the same level. We have experience with both of them.

  • Dutch coaching:
    On top of this, every conversation training can be tailored to individual needs. We will always let you take the lead and add extra elements like specific terminology and professional routines. We can prepare you to:
  •        get a Dutch language certificate
  •       write your own written documents
  •       prepare you to do a presentation or job interview in Dutch.

This is when a Dutch training becomes a Dutch coaching. You will be in control and we will coach you handing you the tools to do it and motivate you but you will do the talking. Because that’s the goal, isn’t it?

And, as the cherry on the cake, we can even put you in the cockpit and let you take us to museums, shops, tourist information points or other public facilities in Flanders. You do the talking and we’ll support and mentor you through these ‘real life situations’.

Now you should be able to decide on which learning formula would suit you the best. Not yet sure? Give us a call. Is it Dutch trainings or Dutch coaching you are looking for? Just contact us. We’ll be happy to discuss an ideal Dutch training of Dutch coaching formula with you.

Our offer:

When it comes to learning, everyone has his own preferred times and pace of learning too. We have more than enough of experience to fully understand this. This counts even more when you are an expat in Belgium having to combine a daytime job with getting your Dutch active and fluent. That’s why we also work in the evenings and during holidays. Only on reservation but we’ll adapt to your agenda to guarantee you to have the joy of learning and get amazing results.

Nina, another former client, put it all together like this:

What do you find unique in the Dutch Language Classes approach?:
“I really like the fact that the classes are many times combined with board/card games. This makes the learning process fun, easy, fast and relaxing, especially after a long day at work”.
Why should other Dutch language trainees decide to work with Dutch Language Classes?:
“Because it works and they would be surprised how fast and easy they would improve their Dutch!”
Your Recommendation:
“If you want to learn or improve fast and easy your Dutch you should definitely enroll for classes in the Dutch Language Classes!”
(Nina S. – See the testimonial)


Because learners never have the same needs we also take the time to discuss your goals with you and suggest you the best possible training to reach your specific goal in Dutch. That’s why we offer a first half an hour of preliminary training for FREE. And of course we will do that in Dutch too. Just fill in the contact form or send us an e-mail (info@dutchlanguageclasses.be). We’ll contact you and find out which is the best type of training to offer you.

“It was the first time that I had a Dutch class less conventional, less annoying. David gave me the pleasure of learning Dutch.”
(Aline H. – see the testimonial)


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