The history of the DLSA and its predecessors goes back some thirty years, when I started teaching a beginner’s course Dutch to PhD’ers of the Biology Department of the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen. I was asked to do this by their professor, whom I had taught Dutch at the Volksuniversiteit. From the early days on, communication was the main goal of my teaching.

Around 2010 the Biology Department moved to Zernike Campus. Colleagues Ariane van Empel and later Joke Fenenga, both very experienced language teachers, joined me. Together we expanded the language school with an advanced level.

In 2018 the Head of the International School/Maartenscollege in Haren, where I was and am teaching Dutch and Literature, asked me to set up courses Dutch for the parents and teachers of the students of the ISG. I decided to combine the two groups of language students, PhD’ers ánd parents and teachers, into one school. The DLSA was born.

In the course of the years, several teachers have taught at DLSA.

Currently Maaike Baert, Joke Dethmers, Riemer Riemersma and Geartsje Schram offer courses on four levels. Joke Dethmers and Fros van der Maden offer customized trainings on levels B2, C1 and C2.

On behalf of Geartsje, Joke, Maaike and Riemer,

Fros van der Maden