‘I want to communicate with my Dutch colleagues in their own language’
Rasim Askin Dilan works as a Mechatronics Design Engineer at ASML (detached by YACHT B.V.).
He is studying Dutch both for work and to build up his personal life: ‘I want to integrate and be a part of this new cultural environment.’
STE New teaching location: Best Western Eindhoven
STE Languages is located at Aalsterweg 3. Our Best Western Eindhoven teaching location can be found 300 meters from our main building and is easily accessible.
'Dare to make mistakes'
Lars Sanders (27) works as Marketing Programs Account Manager at DAF Trucks. He gives presentations in German for his work. In order to strengthen his language skills he attended an individual German course.
Orientation on the Dutch Labour Market Exam (ONA)
The Orientation on the Dutch Labour Market (ONA) Exam is a compulsory part of the Civic Integration Exam and focuses on working and looking for work in the Netherlands. Due to increasing waiting times for the DUO integration course final interview, the rules for the exam have been changed.
´It’s nice to know what’s going on’
Avanti Wadugodapitiya works in Maastricht, lives in Eindhoven and volunteers in Amsterdam. She knows her way around in the Netherlands and is learning Dutch at a quick pace.
Learn Dutch at the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven
New group courses by STE Languages from January 2018
In 2017 as many as 1,100 expats took Dutch lessons at STE. To make it even easier to learn Dutch STE is now offering group training courses at the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven.
‘Doing your homework is essential. And having fun!’
Advising German companies when they are entering the Dutch market. That’s what insurance consultant Rob van Leeuwen (44) does. This requires professional communication skills in German including insurance terminology. To thoroughly improve his German, he is taking an individual language course at STE.
‘Try reading a children’s book!’
Julien Borromini (29) has lived in the Netherlands since 2014. He moved from France to the Netherlands to be with his boyfriend. So the language of love is not the problem, but the language of his new country is a challenge. This is why he is working on his Dutch language skills at STE.
New offering for the exam: ‘Orientation on the Dutch labour market’
As of 1 May STE will be offering new, goal-oriented and practical exam training courses to help you prepare for the ONA exam: ‘Orientation on the Dutch labour market’. The ONA exam is about working and finding work in the Netherlands. The goal is to give you information about the Dutch job market and to show you how you can find a job in the Netherlands.
This exam is compulsory for two groups of newcomers:
- Those who are required to pass the civic integration examination from 1 January 2015
- Those who want to naturalise by passing the civic integration examination
Aalsterweg 3: the new premises of STE Languages
A meeting place for different cultures. An interior design to connect people. The language institute in the southern part of the Netherlands would like their interior design to reflect its professional and result-oriented nature as well as being open and welcoming. STE Languages is a society in a nutshell. Course participants need to feel at ease and welcome, and – above all – proud of their background. Van Eijk & Van der Lubbe created an interior design for the new premises of STE Languages that softens boundaries and offers plenty of space for everyone’s own unique background and story. This a meeting place where language connects us.
German lessons in the Virtual Classroom
He works for BIB (Dreumex) in Roermond, the Netherlands. Over half of his clients and suppliers are German. Product manager Ton Lagarde would like to speak German too, and decides to take German lessons at STE Languages. “We were able to communicate in English, but I can tell that my clients appreciate it when they can speak German to me.” He opted for the Virtual Classroom because of the travelling distance.
Dutch television programmes with helpful subtitles for newcomers
There is a new television channel for everyone who has just arrived in the Netherlands. It’s an initiative of the Dutch public broadcasting corporation. On the website www.netinnederland.nl you can find a wide range of Dutch television programmes with Dutch, English and Arabic subtitles. STE is very pleased with this initiative and would like all its course participants to make the most of it. Watching Dutch television will certainly contribute to your learning process.
A change in our programme of Dutch language courses
STE is introducing a new and improved programme for open enrolment Dutch language courses for groups. A new level of B1- for group courses will be added. This additional level of B1- will help course participants to make a better transition from level A2+ to B1. Another new aspect of the programme is the two-tier system after completing level A2:
- B1- towards STEX I, B1 towards STEX I (STEX I stands for Staatsexamen I, at Dutch secondary vocational education level middelbaar beroepsonderwijs mbo)
- B1-, B1, B1+, B2 optionally followed by exam training for Staatsexamen II at Dutch higher education level hoger beroepsonderwijs hbo/university).
Apply for a subsidy for your employees
There are several different tax arrangements and subsidies in the Netherlands which promote study and further training.
In-company language courses make expats feel extra welcome
Altran consultants are taking an in-company language course
Initially, the expats who started working for Altran could manage fine with their English language skills. After all, the majority of the international employees did not speak any Dutch. But when Altran merged with Nspyre and TASS in 2015, language skills did become an issue.
Meeting the King of Sweden
A unique experience for Rob Bogaarts of Dutch housing assocation Woonbedrijf.
He did not learn to speak Swedish for this meeting, but Rob Bogaarts, who works for Dutch housing association Woonbedrijf, was very pleased that he had recently been taking English language lessons. Rob is responsible for the sustainability programme at Woonbedrijf, based on the ‘The Natural Step’. This concept originates from Sweden. He was invited to Stockholm to give a presentation about this method. And the Swedish King, Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden would attend.
Investigation into the information needs of knowledge workers.
The newspaper of Eindhoven, Eindhovens Dagblad, is investigating the information needs of knowledge workers.