Dutch Language and Culture in primary education – after-school

LanguageOne Abu Dhabi’s curriculum for Dutch-language students in primary education focuses on the language domains reading, writing, spoken language skills and language usage. Our classes are richly varied in content and are taught by qualified teachers with experience in the Dutch education system and/or Dutch-language teaching abroad. By involving the issues of our time and the international environment in which your child is growing up, we encourage the child to tap into their own linguistic knowledge in order to develop his/her Dutch-language skills. We use various methods to enhance motivation and the pleasure the children take in learning.

Our students take 3 hours of themed after-school classes per week at GEMS American Academy, which are distributed across so-called units. A unit is a set of lessons about a specific theme that will be treated over the course of a number of weeks. Your children will carry out meaningful language and culture-related tasks in a way that resonates and connects with their world and that will facilitate possible repatriation to the Netherlands or Flanders.

Our curriculum is supplementary to the education your child receives at day school. By assigning tasks that match your child’s own experiences and environment, we bring out the importance of the Dutch language and Dutch culture. This leads to our students developing an intrinsic motivation to master all language domains.

In practice: Unit Who we are 

Our students learn about the differences between people, where everyone is from and what they as human beings represent. In groups 3/4 the students create riddles and send these to their family by post. Students in groups 5/6 make a school paper in which they share the knowledge they have acquired about the human body. The students of groups 7/8 prepare a presentation about their own personality and try to find out more about each other through interviews.

More information

The school guide (in Dutch) contains detailed information about subjects such as intake and placement, assessment, parent involvement and quality.

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the school year 2018-2019 can be found in our General Terms & Conditions (in Dutch).

Schedule

Classes take place every Monday from 15:30 – 18:30 at GEMS American Academy.