Online distance learning helps children boost and polish their Dutch language skills. But what’s it like to learn remotely? Children share their stories.
Online distance learning helps children boost and polish their Dutch language skills. But the innovative approach of Edufax differs significantly from the brick-and-mortar classroom they’re used to. So, how do children experience this digital, more flexible equivalent in practice? Below, you can read the firsthand stories of children that have lived it!
“This summer, I traveled from the United States to the Netherlands to visit my grandparents,” says Finn. “Guess who their neighbor is? My teacher, Miss Chantal! We discovered it when I was in fourth grade, and she created videos from home for Edufax. So, I decided to seize the opportunity and pay her a surprise visit. Upon opening the door, she was really amazed to see me. But we instantly recognized each other. I took a picture with her and got to meet her children. It was great talking to her in person. Fingers crossed Miss Chantal will also be my fifth-grade teacher!”
Recently, sisters Novah and Lieve traveled from Germany to the Netherlands-based Edufax office for placement testing, which provided an overview of the development they’ve gone through in the past two and a half years. But that wasn’t the only reason for their in-person visit: they were also very excited to meet their distance-learning teacher, Miss Chantal, who has helped them expand their Dutch skills since they’ve lived in Germany. The girls brought her an authentic German gift, took the placement tests (both on paper and on iPads), got a ‘VIP tour’ around the office, and shot a video in our very own studio. A visit to remember!
After moving to the U.S. with their parents a few months ago, Jens, Lotte, and Tijs visited the Netherlands for a brief vacation. A perfect opportunity to drop by at our office and meet their NTC online teachers, Miss Wilma, Miss Sandra, and Miss Chantal, in person! Jens complained a bit about his American and Dutch homework but also said he understands the importance of his distance-learning program: when he returns to the Netherlands, he wants to go back to his old class, so he needs to keep up. While the three siblings decorated their teachers’ lockers with beautiful drawings, Lotte needed to get one thing off her chest: “Your real-life voices sound pretty different from those in the videos!”