MORE than les | Dutch In-company Courses
About us

Who are we?

MORE than les offers in-company Dutch courses and private coaching for New Amsterdammers in an interactive and fun way that helps you feel more at home. Customized to your needs – wherever and whenever it suits you. 

 

– For New-Amsterdammers, by Amsterdammers, in Amsterdam

 

Our goal is to help students learn Dutch and feel more at home through informal, interactive classes in small groups (max. 10 students) with a focus on each other and on Amsterdam. Our enthusiastic, proactive, ‘gezellige’, well-trained and qualified teachers know how to engage students who have worked 10 hours that day. They understand what it is like for an expat in a new city and help our students feel more at home by sharing tips about Amsterdam culture and the best markets, festivals, bars, and more! And, if you need to pass the integration exam, we can help coach you.

Our origin story

The founder of MORE than les, Noémie Winkel, first became committed to helping New Amsterdammers while welcoming refugees to Amsterdam, in September 2015 (AT5), when she was finalizing her Master International Development Studies at Wageningen University. Winkel kept in touch with many of the refugees she had met during that time, who had since become status holders and needed to pass Dutch exams to able to integrate. They communicated to Winkel that they wanted to learn Dutch in a more informal, ‘gezellige’ and personal way; the way that Winkel taught expats as a freelance teacher for several companies.
To be able to help more students in a sustainable way, Winkel opened her own language school in a wing of the former Bijlmer Bajes in December 2016, so she could teach status holders in the same way as she did to expats. The school grew in popularity due to its informal and personal approach and together with ±20 teachers, MORE than les helped more than 500 students during this time (Parool, NOS, JAN Magazine).

 

Companies showed a growing interest in the ‘gezellige’, informal and personal approach to teaching Dutch as a second language. From 2016 on, MORE than les started organizing in-company courses at a growing number of companies. When the Dutch government announced in early 2019 that the policy for teaching status holders would change drastically, Winkel decided to switch gears and focus mainly on organizing in-company courses.

MORE than les has worked with over 20 companies in and around Amsterdam and continues to grow and adapt to the changing reality by now also offering online courses so new Amsterdammers can still learn Dutch in the same fun and informal way from the comforts of their own home (NRC).

MORE impact

Since 2016, MORE than les helped more than 700 new Amsterdammers not only learn Dutch but also connect to new people, and feel more at home in Amsterdam. The interactive and ‘gezellige’ classes helped them explore other sides of their identity from before they left their country of origin. The community of Dutch teachers, expats and status holders created a new and broad network that offered support when students were looking for new jobs, needed help with bureaucracy, and gave them a sense of community in their new home town. 

MORE than les continues to enrich expats their experience in Amsterdam with this sense of community. Through learning about Dutch and Amsterdam culture and fun activities in the city, this often makes expats want to stay in Amsterdam and with their current company longer due to the enriched connections to other expats, coworkers, and their company that was made during the in-company courses.

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