What is the European Framework of Reference?
The European Framework of Reference is an instrument that can be used to describe the achieved levels language skills of every language within the
European Union. The complete text A Common European Framework
of Reference and a Dutch translation of chapter 8 (on levels and scales of language skills) can be ordered from:
Instituut voor Leerplanontwikkeling
7500 CA Enschede
Tel.: +31 (0)53 4840294
You can find more information on: culture.coe.fr/lang/index.html.
What is the Certificate Dutch as a foreign language (CNaVT)?
The certificate Dutch as a foreign language is meant for students that are studying Dutch abroad. In fairly every county where Dutch is taught, students can take
the exams for this certificate once per year. From 2003 onwards there will be subject specific exams (Profielexamen) that can be taken (touristic and informative skills, community
applicable language skills, professional language skills and academical language skills). The four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) are tested for each profile.
Please check: www.taalunie.org/_/werkt/default.html for more information.
How can I let my students participate in the exam of the Certificate Dutch as a foreign language?
The coordination and organizational support of the exams Certificate Dutch as a foreign language have been handed over to the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and the Universiteit van Amsterdam.
For more information you can turn to : Certificaat Dutch as a foreign language http://www.cnavt.org or mail to:
What is the State-exam Dutch as a Second Language?
The NT2-exam is a state-exam that is examined three times per year on two different levels. Examprogram 1 is meant for people that are
looking for a job with low responsibility and that want to take a job training to achieve that. Examprogram 2 is meant for people looking for a medium to
high profile job and that want to take higher education to achieve that.
Please check www.ib-groep.nl/studiepunt for more information.
How can I let my students participate in the State-exam Dutch as a Second Language?
People that want to take the State-exam Dutch as a Second Language have to apply three months in advance.
For application forms and information:
Informatie Beheer Groep
9700 LK Groningen
Tel.: +31 (0)50 599 88 41 of 599 88 42
Fax: +31 (0)50 599 88 99
More information can also be found on: www.ib-groep.nl
What are DIALANG tests?
The DIALANG project is a partnership-project between different European universities that is financed by the
European Committee and has been developed with the goal to develop a test for fourteen different European languages, that also
connects to the levels of the European Framework of Reference.
DIALANG tests are examined by computer in one of the fourteen languages with one of these fourteen as the supportlanguage.
This means that the test for Dutch can be supported by for instance German or English. The test is buildt up out of four parts: reading, listening,
grammar and vocabulary.
Before the candidate takes the test his her level will first be determined by a pre-test. The level that has been determined
through the pre-test is the level on which the candidate will be taking the actual test. At the end of each part there is feedback on the
candidates level and on the errors made. The levels that are tested have to do with the language levels that have been described in the European
Framework of Reference. And they can vary from absolute beginners to very advanced (A1 to C2).
The DIALANG tests are diagnostic tests. At this moment there is a Beta version of the test that can be tried out (Dutch, English,
Spanish and Finnish). Hopefully the final version of the program will be ready at the end of April 2003.
Please see: http://www.dialang.org/ for detailed information on the DIALANG test.
What is the European Language certificate Dutch?
European language certificates consist of a integrated learning plan and a test-format. When the test got developed they took
the Common European Framework of Reference into account.
Please see the WBT-website for more information.
There is a description available of the learning goals for Dutch in our
What is the level of the European Language certificate Dutch?
With the European language certificate students can prove that they possess the knowledge and skills to take part in common
communicative situations, in daily life as well as at work. This level of language comprehension is equal to the “Threshold”-level of the Common
European Framework of Reference.
How can I let my students participate in the Language certificate Dutch?
You can send a letter to the:
WBT Weiterbildungs-Testsysteme GmbH
Wächtersbacher Str. 83
Fax: +49 69 956246 62
Tel.: +49 69 956246 0