Dutch language learning toolkit for volunteers and refugees
In the Netherlands refugees cannot participate in official language courses as long as they do not have an official residence permit. But with the current influx of new immigrants / refugees there is a great demand for learning quick and practical vocabulary. The wait for a status can take months. A number of volunteers is already offering Dutch language courses to these refugees in public libraries and refugee centres. Taalkit Dutch (‘Toolkit Dutch’) is a recent initiative that can help those volunteers (and refugees!)
The Taalkit Dutch structures the approach to language learning via volunteers. It comes with a comprehensive manual and training.
Online and offline approach
The DUTCH language kit has an offline and an online section: The offline part takes place at the refugee shelter. The refugees receive worksheets (on paper) to learn Dutch. The online section starts with the mobile phone of the refugee. Through a free app, the learner gains knowledge about specific (and practical) Dutch words. This knowledge helps with filling in papers and recognizing (and understanding) announcements.
The real online learning takes place at the public libraries. The refugee will get a login code for 4 learning pathways in Oefenen.nl (a national portal, specifically developed for lower educated (young) adults who want to improve their basic skills regarding language). The pathways contain exercises, songs, videos and games. After this, learners can carry on learning anytime and everywhere.
Volunteers and professionals
There is a manual for volunteers and facilitators that explains the methodology and application of the Taalkit DUTCH. It includes a roadmap on how to work with the kit. It also gives an overview of current learningmaterials like picture dictionaries, apps and other material. The manual is complemented by a training for volunteers and other facilitators, for instance by webinars.
Promoters and partners
The Taalkit DUTCH is a social initiative of CINOP and the Expertise Centre ETV.nl. It was also made possible by the following partners: Koninklijke Bibliotheek, de Bibliotheek, ProBiblio, Idee aan Zee, Emmia, Enzodus, Mevrouw van Mulken, Taal & Educatie/Fouke Jansen en Knup Fuhri Snethlage.
Download the flyer (s) for volunteers and / or refugees in English, Tygrinya or Arabic), wathch the trailer in Dutch, Arab or Tygrinya or contact Ina den Hollander, 0031-6-51690016, email@example.com or Riet Thijssen, firstname.lastname@example.org.