Newsletter July 2020
Curious about the latest developments at STE Languages? Read our latest newsletter here.
STE Languages is entering into a 5-year partnership agreement with SkillsTown
STE Languages has signed a 5-year collaboration agreement with online trainer SkillsTown. Both parties will collaborate in the field of co-creation, whereby mutual knowledge and expertise will be used to jointly create online learning solutions for specific target groups. The common goal is to emphasize the importance of language and communication within online courses and to contribute to the personal and professional development of clients and customers. In addition, STE will use the SkillsTown platform to set up its own Academy for its employees and customers.
No current plans for this summer? Maybe you’d like a great opportunity to work with language and meet new people within an international environment? The STE Summer School can help you achieve a level increase in just 5 weeks. This training course with a maximum of 5 students, consists of 30 lessons and will be held 3 times per week. Lessons will be 2 hours long and take place face-to-face at our pleasant and sunny location at Aalsterweg 3 in Eindhoven.
Better Dutch: speaking at your own level (A1 + to C1)
Would you like to speak better Dutch? Do you not have many people with whom you can practise using your Dutch? Would you like the opportunity to practice using your speaking skills more? Then enrol on our "Speaking at your own level" individual training course!
Better Dutch - Telephoning and Emails
Would you like to learn how to make telephone calls using correct Dutch, or learn how to write better using the language? Perhaps you are not very satisfied with the way you currently write your emails? In that case, enrol on our interactive "Speaking and Writing in Dutch for Telephone and Emails’’ short training course!
Measures corona virus DUO
As you have noticed already the measures taken against the corona virus have impact on DUO and its services. This also applies to Inburgeren and the state exams.
Business English for the workplace
Would you like to communicate more confidently with international colleagues and clients in the world’s leading business language? Would you like to professionalize your CV or improve your LinkedIn profile. Or perhaps to write better emails and give more powerful Presentations? Discover our interactive ‘Business English for the Workplace’ Online Programme.
Whether you are looking to secure your ideal job or to gain a promotion, or simply want to be more productive at work, our skilled trainers will guide you on your way.
Holland Expat Center South post on LinkedIn
STE Languages uses Online Classroom, which allows students to attend lessons from home or from any other desired location. Their open enrolments will be starting again as of this April. If you would you like to enrol or receive more information, contact STE at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 040-245 2860.
STE Languages is an Official Partner of Holland Expat Center South.
New at STE Languages: Online Classroom
Due to the situation surrounding the Coronavirus, many people are now working from home and are finding that they have more time available to spend on other things. Why not use this extra time efficiently and think about attending a short online (intensive) language training course at STE Languages! Would you like to improve your speaking skills? Or perhaps a grammar boost in a foreign language could help you? We offer all types of training courses, whether it be intensive or extended, at all levels and in different languages.
STE Languages Online Classroom a great success – we are very grateful for everyone's commitment and understanding!
STE Languages has recently started using Online Classroom. Online Classroom can be used as a solution to the current situation surrounding the coronavirus. Students can attend lessons from home or from any other desired location. Online Classroom has been used for all group training courses (open enrolments) and also for individual training courses. Our Online Classroom makes it possible to attend and give lessons interactively. The initial reactions from both our students and trainers have been very positive.
New management STE Languages
We are pleased to announce a change in the ownership structure of STE Languages. From 5 March 2020, Willem van der Velden will step down as director and the ownership of the company will be transferred to Mathilde Lageman and Wilfried Gradus. Having worked at STE since 2002 Mathilde Lageman has been co-owner and director of STE Languages since 2015. Originating from Philips Talenonderwijs, Studiecentrum Talen Eindhoven (STE) was founded in 1995. The ownership of STE was transferred to Willem van der Velden in 2005 who has successfully managed the company with Mathilde Lageman for many years.
New Teaching location: Mikrocentrum Veldhoven
In order to meet the high demand of our Dutch Open Enrolments, we will be offering an additional teaching location at the Mikrocentrum in Veldhoven as of October 2019. We are very happy to be able to offer this new and great location.
Language clinics for Dutch, English and German
Would you like to learn to speak better Dutch, English or German within a short time period? Do you feel that you are quite familiar with the language but that you sometimes just cannot find the right words? Then our language clinics are perfect to help you increase your speaking skills and vocabulary knowledge. In only 8 weeks you will be on your way to better language proficiency and more language confidence.
‘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.’
'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.
´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.
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.