De Linnaeusborg ("Grasborg") op het Zernikecomplex in de stad Groningen. Het gebouw werd ontworpen door Rudy Uytenhaak en is in 2010 in gebruik genomen.

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.

Mieke van den Heuvel-Wink joined us. She started to teach the beginners’ levels at the premises of the ISG, while Joke and I continued teaching the advanced levels in the eye-catching buildings on Zernike Campus.


Then the corona era started. For two years Mieke, Joke and I taught in total four levels online, to mixed groups of parents and teachers of the ISG, PhD students and others interested. Our program by now had developed into a well-balanced curriculum from A1 to B2.

In the fall of 2022, we hope to switch back to live teaching, now on several locations in Groningen. Joke’s course has been taken over by Geartsje Schram. Our groups will remain smaller than before. If it is needed (let’s hope it isn’t!), we can easily switch back to online teaching. We very much look forward to welcoming you as one of our new students in October.

On behalf of Mieke van den Heuvel-Wink and Geartsje Schram,

Fros van der Maden