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Offered :

In-person classes, Zoom and video recordings

Term 1 (Feb-Apr ) and Term 3 (Jul-Sep) each year, pending sufficient enrolment. This course is offered as an in-person course at the EarthDiverse Centre in Hamilton, New Zealand, live-streamed via Zoom if you live elsewhere, and as video recordings of the live sessions if you cannot attend the regularly scheduled class.

Date & Time:

Begins Thursday 22 February 2024

Our 2024 Term 1 Dutch 204 course meets on Thursdays from 6:30-8:00 pm beginning on Thursdays 22 February (New Zealand time) and continues for eight consecutive weekly sessions. The last class of the Term is held on Thursday 11 April 2024. If you live outside of New Zealand and wish to Zoom in to our live class sessions, check the nearest local Time Zone equivalent below.

Time Zone equivalents:

for live-streaming Zoom Sessions from New Zealand. If your Time Zone doesn't suit our live-streamed class, you can also access our courses by watching the live-recorded sessions that are posted to the course webpage each week, usually the next day.

  • Honolulu, Hawai’i: begins Wed 21 Feb 2024, 7:30-9:00 pm

  • US Pacific: begins Wed 21 Feb 2024, 9:30 - 11:00 pm

  • US Eastern: begins Thu 22 Feb 2024, 12:30-2:00 am

  • London, UK: begins Thu 22 Feb 2024, 5:30-7:00 am

  • Paris, France: begins Thu 22 Feb 2024, 6:30 - 8:00 am

  • New Delhi, India: begins Thu 22 Feb 2024, 11:00am-12:30pm

  • Bangkok, Thailand: begins Thu 22 Feb 2024, 12:30-2:00 pm

  • Singapore: begins Thu 22 Feb 2024, 1:30-3:00 pm

  • Tokyo, Japan: begins Thu 22 Feb 2024, 2:30-4:00 pm

  • Sydney, Australia: begins Thu 22 Feb 2024, 4:30-6:00 pm


Dutch 204: Intermediate Dutch, Part 4

  • • This is Part 4 of a four-part Intermediate course over 4 school terms specifically designed for continuing Dutch learners. Our language and culture courses focus on teaching and learning only, and we do not expect you to study outside of class nor do we assign homework. Come and spend 12 class hours per Term (eight 1.5 hour weekly classes) learning Dutch and and about Dutch culture, and have some fun too! All of our language classes are designed for busy people.

  • • Our Intermediate Dutch 204 course, Part 4, continues on from Introductory Dutch 101-104 and Intermediate Dutch 201-203 with additional conversation, vocabulary and grammar with an emphasis on speaking and listening comprehension. During subsequent Terms (Intermediate Dutch 301-304 and beyond) we continue to emphasise spoken Dutch, grammar and new vocabulary, as well as add additional reading and comprehension exercises. Learning about Dutch culture is an integral a part of our study.

  • • Subsequent Term courses continue with Intermediate Dutch (i.e. our Dutch 301-304 courses and beyond, towards Advanced Dutch 401+) and continue to include additional reading and comprehension practice, grammar, vocabulary, and conversation and will continue in the same time slot for the duration of the full course.

Course curriculum:

Week by week new material will be posted throughout the duration of the course. Video recordings of each weekly session will be posted here 1-2 days after each class.

    1. EarthDiverse Course Information

    2. EarthDiverse Zoom instructions

    1. 20240222 T1.1 Dutch 204 class notes

    2. 20240222 T1.1 Dutch 204 video

Additional course info:

  • Video and PDF content of class presentations or whiteboards notes are uploaded weekly after each live session
  • Begins on Thur 22 Feb 2024
  • NZ time: Thursdays 6.30-8:00pm

Meet our Instructor

Dutch, German & Japanese Instructor Hein Laaper

I was born in Utrecht, Netherlands, but have lived most of my life in New Zealand. I graduated from the University of Waikato, also completing my Diploma of Teaching, after which I studied for one year at the University of Gõttingen, Germany, and later completing different courses in Tokyo and Osaka. I am presently a registered NZ teacher having taught for over 40 years in the NZ Secondary School System, mainly Japanese and German. Over the years I have also been involved in the Continuing Education programmes in Hamilton in German and Dutch. My interests are traveling, gardening, architecture and good food.


All in-person classes are held at the EarthDiverse Centre located at 401 Anglesea Street, Hamilton Central, Hamilton (located just north of the Hamilton Central Bus Station) (entrance is located on the side of the building, see map below). Those looking for parking for our evening classes can park just in front of the building in any of the available car parks. Daytime parking can be found in our dedicated car parks, or free 2-hour on-street daytime parking can be found just in front of Anglesea Street.

Distance Learning:

This course has distance-learning options for those unable to attend the live class sessions in Hamilton, New Zealand. Students have three options for attending our courses once they have registered:

  • Attend in-person classes in our Hamilton classrooms at the regularly scheduled day and time.

  • Attend our live on-line classroom sessions via Zoom at the regular scheduled day and time.

  • Watch the live-recorded class sessions at your leisure, at a time, day and place more suited to your schedule.

Distance-Learning options:

Live Zoom sessions or Video-Recordings

  • • In addition to our in-person classes in Hamilton, our courses offer distance learning options for those unable to attend classes in-person. Live-streamed Hamilton classes are available via free Zoom software for those living outside the Waikato. Live-streaming allows you to participate fully in your own learning, ask questions of the instructor and participate fully in the same way as if you were in the physical classroom.

  • • Those unable to attend the scheduled date and time of the actual class sessions, or those who need to miss a class or two due to previous engagements or unexpected illness, can watch any or all of the live-recorded video sessions on their computers, laptops, tablets or mobile devices and study at their own pace and in their own time.

  • Detailed instructions on how to access our distance learning components will be sent after completing your registration. There are no additional fees for this service. However, distance learners will need access to a desktop or laptop computer with a good quality web-camera (tablet devices and mobile phones can also access our live-streamed classes), a built-in microphone (most modern laptops have built-in microphones) or a headset with a microphone. You will also need to download and install the free Zoom software on your computer or device. Those accessing the video recordings will be able to do so with a simple web browser on any device.

Pricing options:

All prices in NZ dollars and includes GST. Unwaged includes students, seniors and retirees.


Those who cannot make the class meeting day and time via live Zoom sessions may consider accessing this course through the weekly recorded video sessions. Class videos are usually posted within 1-2 days of each live class session and are available for your own personal learning on a day and time of your choosing.

  • • This course has no assignments, quizzes, tests or exams.

  • • You will not need to purchase any additional course materials.

  • • All classes encourage questions and group discussion.

  • • If you’re attending in-person, course fees include tea/coffee/snack at each session. Help yourself!

  • • There are no refunds for missed classes. If you miss a class, you can watch the video recording!

  • • Guests of registered participants are welcome to attend a single session without registering.

  • • If, however, this course is cancelled due to insufficient enrolments please note that your registration fee will either be refunded in full or you may select to receive a course credit. Your choice!


All materials are included in the course fees. These are developed by our instructors and distributed as PDF files on the course webpage.

Course materials are provided to all registered students as digital materials made available to you on the course webpage for download (accessible after registration). There is no need to purchase any additional textbooks for this course, although you may choose to do so to supplement your learning. You will only require a pen or pencil, a notebook for taking your own class notes, and a loose-leaf binder. Any notes that our instructor writes on a digital whiteboard are posted to the class webpage on your dashboard as a PDF file so that you can print these out at home and add them to your own notebook.


A keen desire to study Dutch!

  • • Introductory Dutch 101-104 and Intermediate Dutch 201-203, or equivalent!

  • • This course is open to all learners aged 10 years and above.