The Language Business has available for sale a Dutch Accelerated Learning language course.
It was originally developed for use with one of our major clients, the Dutch airline KLM. Other Dutch courses for English speakers are - in our opinion - rather old-fashioned in both their content and their approach, and some are only in Dutch.
We therefore agreed with Accelerated Learning, publishers of the courses in French, German, Italian and Spanish, that we could produce a Dutch version. The course was professionally recorded with Dutch actors and language trainers and the workbooks were produced at Accelerated Learning.
The course consists of:
- Two workbooks of over 200 pages each
- Eleven CDs
- The Name Game
- The Secrets of Learning a Language
The material is presented in the form of a radio play, in 11 Acts. The scenes are acted out, with sound effects, placing you at the centre of the action. By making 'mental movies' of the action, you are registering the language visually as well as by auditory means. The accompanying memory maps help the visual learner, and there are many opportunities to physically register the language too.
The workbooks also contain many games and exercises to help you to become involved in actively acquiring the language. The emphasis throughout is on developing communicative skills which you can use in everyday situations.
The Name Game is an accompanying booklet which explains the strong links between the two languages. It makes clear the principles that allow you to identify many hundreds of Dutch words almost immediately.
The Secrets of Learning a Language explains how the course works and gives many practical tips for maximising the benefit from self-study.
The Language Business has used the course extensively with its business clients, notably KLM; but it is suitable for self-study, or for those taking private tuition, and many individuals have bought copies since it was launched in 1997.
Here are some comments from people who have used the course: