Our core values

Letter_groepen_IMG-20190202-WA0034_crop Sharing the Dutch language
Learn another language and think in new ways
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Root yourself in rich Dutch traditions
Fietstocht_groep_achter_IMG_20190602_104256 Bringing families together
All aboard! Activities for all ages
Vriendschappoppetjes Building a strong community
A sense of belonging and membership

Our Programs

For kids and adults who don't already understand, read or speak Dutch
As part of our curriculum, we hold 5 Dutch culture days every year -- celebrate Sinterklaas, King's Day and more family fun!
This curriculum aligns with the Dutch education system, for a smooth transition back to the Netherlands or Belgium
Adults and kids can learn Dutch individually or in small groups, from the comfort of your home or office

Classes

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Dutch for Kids

Dutch as a 2nd language, students don’t need to speak or understand Dutch

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Dutch for Adults

Dutch as a 2nd language, students don’t need to speak or understand Dutch

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Private Lessons

Taylor-made lessons for individuals or small groups at your house or office

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New Groups in Surrey

We are opening locations in Surrey, North Vancouver and Maple Ridge

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Group 2-8

Aligns with Dutch Education system Groep 2-8.

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Preschool Group

Dutch for native-speaking toddlers

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Countdown

First school day 2020-2021

De Esdoorn

We are Canada’s first Dutch school accredited by the Foundation for Dutch Education Worldwide (NOB – Stichting Nederlands Onderwijs in het Buitenland) — a non-profit organization commissioned by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science to promote and support high standards of Dutch education for Dutch-speaking children around the world.

De Esdoorn is more than just a language school — we are a community who celebrates our traditions together!

Dutch and Belgian families in Canada
Canadian children learning their second language
Adults learning their language of heritage
Families celebrating our shared Dutch traditions

Our News

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July newsletter

Monthly newsletter, available in English and Dutch.

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De Esdoorn to resume in-person classes in September

Our intention is to resume in-class instruction at the same location at City View Church, 4370 Sophia Street in Vancouver in September 2020,

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Register now for the 2020-2021 school year!

Register now for our 2020-2021 school year group lessons, for children age 5-12, and pre-schoolers from 2.5-4 years old.

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Join a class today!

Our happy families

FAQ

When a family is interested in joining a De Esdoorn lesson, we make an appointment for an intake between the parents, child, Director and teacher. During this appointment, we explain what De Esdoorn can offer and what the family’s needs are. We also get an idea of what level your child’s Dutch language skills are.

The group lessons in Vancouver cost $1700 per year ($1000 for the toddler group), pro-rated based on when the student joins the class.

Private lessons at your home or office cost:

1 student: $ 60 per lesson
2 students: $ 40 per lesson per student
3 students: $ 30 per lesson per student
+ travel allowance

Yes, absolutely. A trial class is a great way to get to know each other. It’s also a great opportunity for the teacher to see if the student is in the right class.

Please email info@esdoorn.ca

You can’t learn a language without learning its culture! The Dutch Cultural Days are an essential (and fun!) part of our curriculum. Students who are part of the group lessons are in principle expected to be present at all cultural days.

You can’t learn a language without learning its culture! The Dutch Cultural Days are an essential (and fun!) part of our curriculum. Students who are part of the group lessons are in principle expected to be present at all cultural days.

The NOB is the Foundation for Dutch Education Worldwide (Stichting Nederlands Onderwijs in het Buitenland). The NOB falls under the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.

In 2019, De Esdoorn became the first school in Canada to be accredited by the NOB. We benefit from their wide range of expertise and knowledge, and high educational standards.

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Our Teachers
Meet our qualified teaching staff, the heart and soul of our school.
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Our Classes
We have classes for all ages, all levels of Dutch. To keep pace with the Dutch school system, or just starting Dutch out, we have a class for you.
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Our Community
We have a growing community of families, lead by our Board of Directors