We learn many new words in B1 and talk about difficult texts. But everything is going well and I study for at least one hour per lesson. The Delft method is very good for learning to talk quickly. This also works well with less grammar than in a traditional method – Asfia says. Asfia started with Dutch in August, was at level A2 in January, and did her first module B1 in February.
Sahar: The Delft method is new to me and I find the Delft method easy and clear. Preparing for class is going well. Moreover, I can quickly learn many words. I sometimes use a few words from the B1 modules, because I can’t use them everywhere. On the contrary, some other words I use a lot because I have a lot of meetings with clients. Finally, I use other new words very often, because I have to communicate with new people every day.
We learn many new words in B1, so I need to read longer.
Zafer: We learn a lot of new words in B1, so I have to read longer. Besides, the lessons also go a bit fast so that I forget most of the words within a week. Because there is Corona, I can’t talk to others. I think I need to learn simple words better first so that I can pass the A2 speaking and writing exam. How to remember words; the seven steps
As to study time: I try to study for one or two hours per lesson. For the lesson on Tuesday, this is no problem. But for Thursday, one day is usually not enough. (Suitcase talen: at the beginning of each module, students are given a schedule with homework for all ten lessons. Many students do part of the homework on weekends.)
Still, I think the Delft method is better than other methods. We learn new words but also a lot about the Netherlands. This helps for the civic integration exam and also to talk to other people. I don’t think grammar is a big problem for talking, but for the exam, I have to study extra
When I read the text about Amsterdam, I immediately wanted to visit all the places in the text
Franzi: When I read the text about Amsterdam, I immediately wanted to visit all the places in the text. I find the topics of B1 interesting. Also, I find the words a bit more difficult than in the previous modules. I need to spend more time learning. I now study for about two hours per lesson.
Beena: I study for 2 to three hours per lesson, but everything is going well in Module 5. The Delft method is new to me and I think that a lot of talking is important for language development. Moreover, I often use the words from Module 6, because I read an article every day via the NOS app. I also talk in my Dutch chat group. It is because I find all texts of the Delft method interesting.
In B1 we learn a lot of new words and the texts are longer
Aysegül: Now in B1 we learn a lot of new words and the texts are longer. (Suitcase talen: In both the A2 and B1 modules you learn 50 new words per lesson. The words of B1 are more difficult but just as much as in A2: 100 per week. You learn the words in handy sentences that you can speak with) I have to spend long hours studying and it makes it less fun. I now study at least 4 hours per lesson.
However, this is my fifth module Delft method and I like this method very much. I learn quickly and immediately started talking. But it is very intensive. I have to learn new words and expressions without enough practice. I’m afraid to forget what I’ve learned. I have to repeat what I have learned, but also study for a new chapter.
Lizzy: I sometimes use the words from the B1 Module 6, because I already know some words. But it’s another thing with the new words. Usually, I have to think about the sentences, such as the structure or the grammar. After that, I can use the new words, but I feel I have to speak quickly so I choose what is easiest for me. Nevertheless, I must force myself to use the new words, otherwise, I will not improve.