For both people with Dutch as their mother tongue (NT1-ers) and people with Dutch as a second language (NT2-ers) with a language requirement. Men, women, regardless of age. People entitled to benefits, workers, jobseekers, refugees, newcomers, status holders, non-native speakers and Dutch-speaking people who have difficulty speaking, reading and writing.
The goal is to help as many (low-literate) Amsterdammers as possible to increase their language skills by learning to read and write.
The trained volunteer is called with a proposal. The volunteer can agree on the basis of the student’s intake data and approaches the student. Then follows an initial introductory meeting. If there is a click, there is a link. A few hours a week helps. Depending on the end result, the coaching process takes a maximum of 1 year.
The volunteer and student meet at one of the branches of the Amsterdam Public Library (OBA)
The Language for Life team conducts (intake) conversations with the volunteer and student at the Gilde Amsterdam office.
Practical guidance by the Gilde Amsterdam Language for Life team. Special teaching materials are also available in print and digital.
For organizational questions, questions about the link or other questions, the Language for Life team of Gilde Amsterdam is available. Available by e-mail or by phone.
The volunteers are supported by language advisers through Live and Learn and by team members Language for Life, internal intervision, in-depth meetings, expert meeting (once per knowledge event), informal coffee meetings (cases are presented here).
The trained and enthusiastic Gilde Amsterdam language coaches are active throughout Amsterdam. So there is always a volunteer nearby.
Gilde Amsterdam, Taal voor het Leven can be reached by telephone from Monday to Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.