According to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) the different levels of language proficiency are the following:
Beginner levels A1 and A2
Intermediate levels B1 and B2
Advanced levels C1 and C2
You can read more about what you can do when you reach each level, for example, in the Dutch language.
Is it possible to do the course on a fast – track basis and complete within two months?
If you are a strongly motivated student and willing to study around 10 hours per week, according to the F.A.S.T. learning method guidelines, then it might be possible to reach B1 level in two months. You will be receiving more educational material than usual and the course will be even more intense.
After all, the initiator of the teaching method, professor Olivier Delhaye, AUTH, helped his students reach B2 level in three months. We, at Language and Motivation, extended the teaching/learning period to make more people capable of reaching their goals, and in order to include those who work at least eight hours/day, have a family, or not much free time.
Will I get the attention I need?
All our lessons are private, one-to-one, or in groups with three students max and it’s our principle to have the learner at the center of the attention (learner-centered approach).
Are the courses in person or online?
We are 100% online. All the lessons take place with online video calls between the student/s and the teacher/s.
Also will I receive a certificate which is in accordance with the Common European Framework?
You will receive a certificate of attendance from Language and Motivation, stating that you have participated in our three month course (or as many months as you have attended). This is provided upon request. However, if you wish to use a certificate for official affairs then it’s recommended that you sit for the official exams to prove that you possess that level. We, as an online language school, will be happy to prepare you for the exams.
Will I be able to take the inburgeringsexamen?
Yes, if you are a beginner, with the three month course in Dutch plus an extra month of exam preparation you will have the possibility to sit the inburgeringesexamen and successfully pass. We are proud of many of our students who have achieved this.
Can the company I work for pay for the lessons?
We highly recommend asking your workplace to cover your language learning expenses. This is a common practice. The benefits of you learning the language are huge and employers know that. We can speak directly with your company or indirectly, through you.
What is the difference between the business and standard package?
In the business package you receive additional and 100% personalized educational material starting from A2 level and above.
The business package consists of 20hrs of lessons in the trimester while the standard one consists of 18hrs. 1 hour = 60 teaching minutes.
When do your classes start?
New classes (individual or group) start every first and third week of each month.
I want to be in a group lesson, when is the earliest starting date?
In case you have a partner to start a group with, then new lessons can begin immediately.
In case you need to be matched then we can check the waiting list for a person with the same language level as you. If your schedules match then you can begin immediately. But if there is no one on the waiting list then you may wait until someone comes along.
What happens if I can’t attend the lesson?
A scheduled lesson with a teacher can be canceled or changed to another date, at least 24 hours before the actual time of the lesson. Otherwise, the lesson time is going to be deducted from the purchased lesson-package, without any further announcement or refund.
How many hours a day shall I study?
If you are a beginner, in order to reach B1 level in three months it’s necessary to study 3-6 hours per week. It is advisable to study an hour per day and if you do so then after 3 months we guarantee you will have an excellent B1 level. Whereas with only 3 hours per week and depending on how keen you are with languages you will have a good or passable B1 level.
How many hours does each lesson last?
Every lesson is 1.5 hours. 1 hour = 60 teaching minutes and that is an exceptional bonus because usually language centers count an hour as 45 teaching minutes.
Will I become fluent with your course?
B1 level doesn’t allow anyone to converse fluently but after 3 months, you will be able to:
Follow simple presentations and demonstrations.
Understand the general meaning of professional emails, letters and articles.
Understand routine and factual newspaper articles expressing personal opinions.
Respond to daily work communication.
Express simple opinions and offer advice within a known area.
Make accurate notes at meetings and seminars.
Write articulate, semi-formal letters and emails on familiar matters (e.g., motivational letter).
Do I need a computer or can I have my lessons through a tablet/mobile?
You will need a computer to access your educational files and study, but also during the lesson it’s important to be able to have multiple pages open in your web browser.
How is the lesson structured?
There is a clear structure of each lesson. In the first half hour you address any questions that came up during the study time. The one hour that is left is used for speaking and is guided by the teacher. The speaking subjects are not spontaneous but consist of things that you have already prepared as homework. This way you take full advantage of your time with the teacher.
How do I pay for the lessons?
Upon registration you are asked to pay for the first month of lessons. A new invoice is issued on a monthly basis.
The payment is done via bank transfer to a NL-based bank account.
Do the fees change as I progress levels?
The fees remain the same for all levels in all languages, except for the English language where there is a price difference for levels below B2 and above B2.
Getting to know the Language and Motivation method has been a great surprise for me, as well as a challenge to try out a different way of teaching a foreign language. Sofia Karfi, thank you for this opportunity and for the excellent training in the method. I look forward to applying it.
My participation in the training was a completely constructive experience, which opened new horizons to the adult education methodology that I had not even imagined existed!
"After 12 lesson I started talking the language. I could never believe that can happen. Mahdy is a great teacher, with passion for his work. I highly recommend this method!"
"I was a bit skeptical at first when I read about the practice-based teaching method, but learning Dutch this way has been amazing! The lessons are easy to follow, the teacher is fun and personable and my everyday life has become easier, as I now understand more and more words when people speak with me! Highly recommend it"
Through a variety of very interesting and contemporary foremost articles, very funny and interactive videos, and a variety of tools that really really astonished me, within a period of three months, we easily reached a level of Β2-C1 in terms of text understanding and communication.
We saw how the method works from theory to practice: we took material, made material, taught and learned in a holistic approach to the F.A.S.T. method.
"Before I started the lessons, I was a bit afraid of learning Dutch because it sounded so complicated to me. Now in a really short time, I can see how much I've learned, thanks to Mahdy. He is a great teacher, he motivated me a lot and it's always entertaining to have lessons with him. I'm so glad I took the lessons."
During the training I discovered why it is so revolutionary. I started to feel and believe in the method more and more and now I could barely imagine teaching with a different method. Definitely the best teaching/learning method.
There are no words to describe Sofia !! I'm very glad that I had this amazing person as a French teacher!!! She loves her job and she makes you feel the same about French language!!! Not only teaches a foreign language but she helps you to open your horizons. Don't afraid to start this way of education! It is guaranteed you will succeed!!! She is the best! I highly recommend her as a teacher!!!!
It's my firm belief that, Miss Sofia is an incredible teacher! Not only she teaches you how to communicate in French for example, but she focuses also in the civilisation. So, you have the opportunity to learn also about the country and the problems that people are facing, the art and the culture. Generally, you learn really interesting stuff that in reality are incorporated in the language. A language in not only about grammar and vocabulary and Miss Sofia helps you understand that. She is really meticulous but a very cordial person too!!!
“The training via Language and Motivation has given me a different view of teaching. It is motivating and special to see how quickly students achieve a higher level with this method. ”
I never understand how the time passes during my classes with Bo. I have a lot of fun and learn Dutch without even noticing! She is very resourceful and helpful, which makes it super easy to tackle challenges along the way. Dankjewel voor alles!
“My second lesson is on Monday but I can tell for sure that I wish to continue with the lessons and your innovative method! “
How does it feel to have lessons with Mahdy?
It is always a great pleasure to learn with him. It is a great inspiration and we see the success after every week.
Ik kijk ernaar uit naar onze weekelijkse "date".
There is a big motivation to reach my goal step by step!!
Thank you both, Mahdy and Sofia.
Thank you, Sofia and Sani very much. We haven't started and it's already a very nice and organized experience! The process is so fun! I should have started earlier!
"It's something different from other methods. Fast learning that investigates the language deeply. This way, both oral and writing skills are improved."
Sophia is an excellent teacher and a wonderful person. She likes her teaching procedure to include poems, videos and articles, in french of course, which makes the lesson amusing but also teaches you many things about the french culture as well. She is very passionate about her work and she will help you understand and love the french language!
I have tried this unique way of learning french and my progress was rapid.In just a few months i got prepared to give my exams and i succeded to get a diploma of B2-upper Intermediate level. The procedure of learning was very interesting by reading articles, watcing videos or even commenting books, so you have the ability of understanding grammar and syntax by reading or watching a complete article or video. I suggest without a doubt this way of learning!!!
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"Language and Motivation has not only helped me pass the aforementioned exams but has also enabled me to communicate with my Dutch colleagues at work almost only in Dutch and also engage in day-to-day communications with Dutch people in their native language more than ever. I will continue to work on to take my Dutch proficiency to the next level."
Watch to what Ornela has to say about Language and Motivation
"LM understood my needs and assigned the right teacher to me in short span of time. My teacher Annetta was the best in calibrating my needs and she made me fetch the fruits of success"
Sofia is an inspirational and passionate teacher! She's also very understanding and adaptable to your needs. Thanks to the Language and Motivation method, you will explore a new way of learning a language that is both fun and challenging! I have already taken the 3-month course for French and I am continuing to another one, so I strongly recommend her 🙂 My only regret is not having started the lessons earlier. So don't hesitate and do it now!
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Mahdy, the Dutch teacher is very good and always made me feel comfortable.
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J'ai commencé à apprendre le français avec Sofia il y a deux mois et regardez comment j'écris! Je suis très contente, parce que je sais que je peux dire déjà plusieurs choses en français, car Sofia insiste beaucoup sur les cours oraux! Merci beaucoup, Sofia! Je pensais que le français était très difficile, mais tu rends les choses difficiles faciles!
Sofia est une excellente professeur. Ella a une manière unique de motiver et d’inspirer ses élèves. Même après des journées difficiles au travail, je me sens contente après avoir fini un cours de français. J’ ai le sens de l’ accomplissement. Sa méthode est exigeante mais elle vous permet d’apprendre par l’expérience, ce qui s’avère efficace pour développer rapidement des compétences linguistiques. J’aime Sofia et je la recommande vivement!
After 2 months of French lessons with Sofia I can say that these lessons are like "gym". You don't really want to go because you know that it is going to be hard, but after the class you really feel wonderful. Incredibly interesting texts, exercises, discussions, lessons.. I feel really grateful and very happy that I decided to trust her. I highly recommend it if you want to save time, money and energy by putting your forces, concentration and love into practice!
Sofia is full of energy and an excellent teacher. I was afraid that Skype lessons might not be for me but I was so wrong. If you are really interested in learning French, then you should certainly have a call with Sofia!
Η Σοφία πλέον δεν είναι απλά η καθηγήτρια μου έγινε μια φίλη που μας ξυπνάει την έμπνευση. Είμαι ευγνώμων που ήρθε στη ζωή μου ένας τόσο υπέροχος άνθρωπος και ακόμα πιο υπέροχη καθηγήτρια.
Σοφία, είσαι καταπληκτική καθηγήτρια. Δεν θα μπορούσα να αρθρώσω λέξη στα γαλλικά χωρίς τη θετικότητα και την ενθάρρυνση σου να με σπρώχνει μπροστά. Ήταν σαν να έχασα τη φωνή μου και η μέθοδος σου με βοήθησε να τη βρω. Εσύ και η μέθοδος σου με βοηθήσατε να έρθω πιο κοντά στο στόχο μου. Η μέθοδος σου είναι όντως πολύ καλή όμως έσυ της δίνεις ζωή και έτσι βοηθάς όλους εμάς τους μαθητές σου, με όλες τις διαφορετικές μας ικανότητες. Είσαι πραγματικά μία ξεχωριστή καθηγήτρια. Έχεις γίνει (πιστεύω για όλους) μία θετική επιρροή και μέντορας. Θα ήθελα να σε ευχαριστήσω από καρδιάς επειδή, ειλικρινά, έχεις αφήσει το αποτύπωμα σου στο ταξίδι της ζωής μου. Και εννοείται ότι έχουμε ακόμα δρόμο μπροστά μας.
The most wonderful french teacher! And the story goes like this.. I started learning french since learning a second foreign language was required by the national educational system.. I could never have been able to imagine that through those lessons I would be initiated in a new way of life! Not only did I acquire a very good level in french quickly enough, but also I got motivated in exploring a whole culture! Reading articles related to current events, listening to songs and watching videos on a variety of topics constitute Sofia’s best methods of teaching her students that language is a way of communicating and expanding your world! This teacher definitely reveals your confidence to interact with people in a language other than your mother tongue! Strongly recommended!