The intake appointment process
An intake appointment with a trainer comprises three parts and takes about 45 minutes:
1. Getting acquainted
A chance to get to know you a bit and introduce you to the institute.
2. Establishing your skill levels
The trainer briefly interviews you in the language you wish to learn. This information, in combination with the test you take, allows us to make a reliable assessment of what you are currently capable of in the language.
3. Determining your goals and designing your programme
What exactly do you want to learn? What situations do you need the language for? Do you have a preferred learning style? These are the kinds of questions you can expect from the trainer. Afterwards, he or she will talk with you about the general shape your training programme could take.
You can opt to have an intake appointment by telephone or online.
How should you prepare?
You get the most out of the intake appointment when you prepare for it. You can do this in the following way:
Step 1: Taking the language test
Once you have planned an intake, you receive a login code for your personal environment (learn.reginacoeli.nl). You will find your language test waiting for you there. It is an adaptive test. If you answer a question well, the next question will be more challenging. If you struggle with a question, the next one will not be more difficult and the test will be completed earlier. This way, the test adapts to your level as you go along. This test gives us an indication of your starting level.
Step 2: Tell us more
In that same online environment, you will find some questions about the way you have learned and will use the language. We appreciate you filling in the answers to these questions. This helps the trainer to prepare for your intake.
Step 3: Be clear on your wants and needs
Carefully consider what you would like to be able to do by the time you have finished the course. The following questions can help in clarifying this:
- What kinds of situations do you need the language for?
- What kinds of subjects do you need to talk about in those situations?
- Who do you communicate with?
- How do you communicate? In conversations, through presentations, in writing?
The more thoroughly you can answer these questions, the better we can tailor the course to your specific needs.
Step 4: Warm up beforehand
Part of the conversation is in the language you want to learn. If you do not speak it regularly, you can warm up by listening to the radio, watching television or reading something in the language.