Dutch course
on the job

More understanding, fewer misunderstandings

Why Lexicon?
  • Job-specific language courses
  • All language levels (A0 - C1)
  • Subject-specific vocabulary
  • On-site, online & hybrid
  • Certificate of Participation

Dutch in the workplace course

More understanding, fewer misunderstandings

For efficient operations, speaking and understanding the same language is crucial. And that requires attention from both employees and managers. In this Dutch language training course on the shop floor, non-native employees with insufficient command of Dutch learn to work independently in a Dutch environment. Lexicon's Dutch course ensures better communication within your company.

Non-running work meetings, problems on the line or misunderstandings between colleagues: insufficient knowledge of the Dutch language does not benefit production and the working atmosphere.

Both non-native employees and managers experience misunderstanding, frustration and reduced self-confidence when it comes to communication in the workplace. Investing in language skills in the workplace results in fewer mistakes in the workplace, less work stress and lower absenteeism.

For non-native speakers
in the workplace

With a language course in Dutch, employees learn:

  • the vocabulary necessary to perform their function
  • learning basic communication skills in the Dutch workplace
  • Knowledge of language for speaking and interpreting Dutch correctly
  • writing skills for basic communication
  • What cultural influences are at play in the workplace and how to bridge them
  • speak good Dutch so they communicate more confidently and successfully.

For executives
on the shop floor

Executives can expect the following:

  • greater understanding of cultural differences and their impact on communication
  • what is typically Dutch in attitude and behavior and how other cultures view it
  • What to expect from your employees in terms of language and culture
  • How you yourself come across and what you can do to improve communication and optimize processes.

For whom is this language course intended?

A language course makes sense if the lack of sufficient knowledge of the Dutch language thwarts mutual communication. As a result, employers and non-native speaking employees experience, for example, non-running work meetings, problems on the line or misunderstandings between colleagues. By learning the Dutch language at Lexicon, communication within the company will improve.

Causes may include:

  • Employees do not have a good command of the Dutch language, so communication is not optimal
  • Inadequate understanding of work processes and poor communication between them
  • Not everyone speaks the working language and therefore is not 100% involved in the work process

This training is suitable for people who:

  • Working in a multilingual workplace
  • Have Dutch as the working language within the organization
  • Deal with daily miscommunication, mistakes or irritations due to language and cultural differences
  • Communication on the work and production floor must improve

Employers who have invested in workplace language training find that non-native employees communicate more efficiently and effectively and feel more engaged with the organization. Employees gain more self-confidence and are able to work more independently.

During the language courses, the emphasis is on practical application of Dutch. Elements such as introducing yourself, indicating that you do not understand something and social talk with colleagues are covered.

Materials and situations from the workplace and activities of the participants are the starting point for increasing vocabulary.

Getting started with practical skills, such as reading and thinking through work instructions, memos and short texts so that participants can discuss their own language questions.
Culture is sometimes even more important than language skills. Because culture determines how you react to something. If you know this, then you can adjust communication accordingly, without frustrating expectations.

Understanding cultural differences and the impact on communication is therefore crucial in this training.
Many of our courses are available in-house, online or hybrid. Dutch in the workplace is an exception.

We provide this group training on site where employees and managers work. A familiar environment promotes learning performance, and it is also efficient when teams work in production. The maximum number of participants per course is 8. By keeping the groups small, we can give each participant the desired personal attention.

A training course bears fruit when it matches the participants' real-life situations. That's why Lexicon conducts a workplace scan.

During this scan, we speak with several people within the company. Think of an HR employee and a line manager. The starting point is to gain insight into the business processes and language contact moments through various departments and employees.

Lexicon provides a personalized learning path for each employee, allowing each trainee to continually develop.

A combination
of language and culture

Frequently Asked Questions

All of Lexicon's courses are customized. This way we guarantee that your employees learn what they need to progress. What characterizes all our courses is the combination of language and culture. Because being able to speak and write a language does not mean that your message will get through or that he or she will understand someone else's message. Cultural differences determine how you communicate and what you expect from others. By being aware of this, you can communicate effectively and efficiently.

With our custom training courses, each course can be tailored to the needs of your organization. The exact cost of this training depends on, among other things:

  • the desired language level
  • the diversity of cultures
  • the form of training
  • the skills to be learned
  • the duration of training
  • the group size.

Yes, upon successful completion of this course you will receive a certificate of participation.

For expats who have just arrived in the Netherlands and want to learn the basics of the Dutch language and culture. AO-B2

For employees who want to improve their emails or texts to communicate more business-like.


Lexicon operates virtually throughout the Netherlands