The first version of this review was flagged as inappropriate by UvA Talen, who complained about my use of the R-word. I guess if you aren't allowed to say it, it isn't a problem anymore? Additionally, I've also made a review with more information in a blog post. Trustpilot doesn't allow links in reviews and UvA Talen also objected to my blog being mentioned by name, so you have to look for it yourself. It should be easy to find, especially if you search using the R-word. As well as being able to see the R-word spelled out in full, every version of this Trustpilot review will be available for viewing here, together with any objections UvA Talen may have expressed.
Our German class was organized and seated according to nationality. This was from the very first day, and without any effort on the teacher's part to get to know us as people. This was followed with R-word profiling and R-word slurs along the lines of Americans are not allowed to sit together, because you know 'they talk'. Americans are not allowed to sit near each other during the test, because 'they cheat'. We discussed similarities between German and Spanish grammar, but the only student deemed to have a sufficient background in Spanish to discuss this was a Portuguese student, as there were no native Spanish speakers, and the teacher was unwilling to recognize all three Americans had studied and spoke Spanish.
This was a major distraction in our class, and continued all the way to the end of both German level 1 & 2, a total of 20 weeks of class. As well as this distraction, our class was seriously lacking in many other ways.
I complained to the administration about our final exam, which was written and scored by this same teacher. The results also seemed to follow R-word profiling. This was because those of us who were primarily on the receiving end of the teacher's slurs didn't pass. I was initially told complaining wasn't possible because I hadn't first mentioned it in my written review of the teacher, in addition I hadn't complained soon enough. This was even though I reported it within 48 hours of receiving my last exam score.
I agree with most of the negative comments from other reviewers here, especially the comment that the administration doesn't seem interested in hearing complaints. It's certainly my experience they seem more interested in procedures and preventing the use of the R-word, than any complaints anyone might have about them. The administration is however always ready with the super-sweet replies you see on the other reviews here.
I don't think any educated or intelligent person will want to take a language class here, or will appreciate how they are treated by their teacher or the administration.
Review by Harnwell11 months ago
Thanks UvA Talen to introduce me to Dutch language very effectively – inTense course. Tailored to individual needs, intensive and very professional.
Review by Shindles Wickrama1 year ago
great teachers and staff. I had only two weeks to prepare for a dutch test. I have never spoken dutch before, and I pass it with maximum grade thanks to their help and tips. I strongly recommend them.
Review by RAKline1 year ago
I used UVA Talen for a one week full immersion one-on-one training French.
As the full immersion meant no Dutch or English all day, we made very efficient use of the week.
Their formula is: theory in the morning, excursion in the afternoon. Combined with breakfast and lunch sessions. That helped me learn new words and better grammar, as it was tied to good memories.
Before the training I did speak some French, however I was reluctant to use French in practice at work. The training helped me overcome that barrier. I must say that I learned quite a lot in only one week.
Review by Pouchkin1 year ago
The dedication from Ruby and the teachers are excellent. The excellent teacher Michiel is a very intelligent man, he knows how to simplify the method in the sense that it matches the student's skills. Overall, I highly recommend this school for students and professionals. I took the right choice of program : One week Intensive course. The excursions with the teacher Kristof was absolutely brilliant ! I am very satisfied with my learning experience with UVA Talens.
Review by Metaz Piraccini1 year ago
Learning in the UvA language centre was one of my best experinces during my English language learning. I got 6 courses from the elemntary level until advanced 2. The teachers were really very good. They were very professional (Americans and Britans). Thus, it was very important for us as students to improve our English accent. As for the books! (New total English) is a very good one because it consists of various information about life. You can have midical texts as well as geographic, arts, movies, travel, etc...
I'm very happy to study English in the UvA. However it is intensive courses you can start speak English in short time which helps me a lot in my academic study and daily life.
Review by GracieCakes1 year ago
great class. the teacher explains in a very lively and clear manner. the atmosphere is great. the exam is serious.
Review by Broan Derrow1 year ago
We followed a German course for half a year. We had Mr Dörfler as teacher. He was excellent. Our wishes changed during time and the course had been changed to our wishes. So very flexible.
Combined with grammar we learned how to make business calls, make appointments, business writing, and formal manners.
Review by Mujeeb Karanassos1 year ago
Great course and nice teachers!!!!
Review by CourtL Kitely1 year ago
Great language course, compact and helpful
Review by Najuka Poran1 year ago
It was a very good course with a small group which meant we had lots of time to practice together. The material goes fairly quickly, and it’s a light hearted course so the fun level is high!
Review by Sminil1 year ago
I had a very nice experience studying Japanese on the beginner level with a diverse group of follow enthusiasts. The teacher of this course was very capable, as a Japanese native she could share with us much cultural information and more informal habits in Japanese language that were not included in the course material. The class was very interactive and personal.
Review by Swela1 year ago
I did a 6-day individual immersion course in Russian. The course had the right level of intensity, a good balance between grammar, dialogue and excercises. It was given by three different native Russian speakers, with smooth handovers in between. I appreciated the flexibility to tailor the content - and some dialogue topics - to my personal preferences. It was time well spent and helped a lot in bringing back my ‘rusty basic base’, which I had developed many years before.
Review by Bárður Maoilearca1 year ago
Good course but unbelievably expensive if you take into account the number of participants (~12 in my case). A private teacher is double the cost but with half the time you make 10x improvements. not worth it. Excellent teacher anyway!
Review by Gayajith Ripola1 year ago
Too many people in the course, and I was not notified anywhere in advance on how big the group could be.
The teacher wasn't correcting us enough, also not the best approach for learning. I understood a bit more on how sentences are built reading by my own somewhere else that waiting for the course to actually explain that (so everything was just using intuition or getting used to it "just because", without much explanation).
There were barely any students left in the group by the 6th class, I think that reflects how it went.
Review by Struja1 year ago
I was passing 2 Dutch courses in UvA - intensive one and a regular one. Really great place to learn languages. Nice study material, friendly teachers ready to spend extra time with you. Mostly motivated students go there, so you are learning in a really encouraging atmosphere. Planning to continue to study there. Friend who had to change UvA to a different school was really unhappy and is willing to come back.
Review by Jsweet1 year ago
I have followed intermediate and advanced level Dutch courses at UvA Talen and it has been a great experience so far. All the teachers are really professional, always ready to help and compassionate. Yes they are compassionate :) More focusing on speaking practices or extra lesson/level for speaking skills (more than one) would make it even better.
Review by ICaroline1 year ago
I took the intensive cursus, over a week, and it was a very good choice. Meeting different teachers keeps you interested and motivated. Afternoon excursion are well chosen, personalized and a good way to put in practice the morning lessons. I strongly recommend it!
Review by Yoerie2 years ago
I had an amazing learning experience with the team of 5 teachers from UvA Talen. I would recommend them unreservedly to anyone or company interested in learning a new language...fast! Excellent attention to detail, intensive yet fun and interactive.
Review by Hectr Veinbergs2 years ago
Perfect teacher, learned a lot!
Review by Razoro2 years ago
My experience with UVA Talen and the Intense French Course was very positive. The professors are encouraging, knowledgeable and constructive in their teaching methods. The professors also exceeded in their ability to meet my specific needs for the course, for example by offering vocabulary and sentence structures relevant for the industry and corporate environment I work in. Would recommend to anyone looking to polish up some dusty language skills !
Review by Kajini2 years ago
I'll share in English so everyone can read... I recently participated in the UvA Talen Intens program for Dutch. It was a full week of lessons & excursions in Dutch. The teachers and staff are incredible. The course is designed around your proficiency level. It was challenging yet extremely rewarding. It does take self-motivation to be successful as in any endeavor we take. There is no guarantee of level or proficiency at the end; yet, after my experience, my understanding and ablility to communicate has improved. I would highly recommend this program to anyone who is looking to start or deepen their journey into a new language. Thanks to everyone at UvA Talen and all of the teachers who supported me in my experience!
Review by Araneda Tulving2 years ago
UvA Talen is genuinely a place of growth. I first started learning at the UvA Talen in July 2016 and in four months of daily intense training I had obtained an advanced Dutch language level. It is my belief that in no other place would there have been as many highly qualified teachers, such a skilled administrative staff, and overall supportive, nurturing environment that could sustain such an experience. This place holds a special place in my heart and I value the high degree of talent present within this institute.
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