TOTAAL: A Dutch foundation course for second language learners.

Primary objective: To teach adult second language learners everyday speech for life in the Netherlands.

Target group: Totaal is mainly intended for learners educated to secondary school standard and higher. The method can be used for individual or group courses, both within and outside the Netherlands.  The book contains a great deal of material for self-activation and autonomous learning: vocabulary lists, listings of grammatical terminology in three languages, more than ten hours of listening and practice material and keys to the tests and to all listening and homework exercises.

Level: The method is suitable for absolute beginners as well as so-called "false" beginners. Totaal takes the learner to a level of language competence which enables him or her to communicate in everyday language and everyday situations.

In terms of the European Framework of Reference for second language learners, the level achieved by the end of this course is equivalent to A2, Waystage.


  • Clear and structured development of principles
  • Well-organised chapters with pages where themes and functional language are introduced
  • Topical themes tailored to the interests and needs of learners
  • A strong focus on grammatical structures
  • A wealth of practice material
  • Interim test after every fifth lesson
  • Schematic overview of grammar
  • Vocabulary lists in English, French and German

Themes covered in Totaal are, among others, daily life, doing the shopping, eating and drinking, a meeting, home and accommodation, newspapers and magazines, travelling for business.
All dialogues, structural exercises, listening and pronunciation exercises and any extras are available on

  • cd-rom (.mp3-files)
  • audio-cd's.

The Totaal method consists of:

Course book (incl. cd-rom) ISBN 978-90-805453-1-1 € 46,70
Course book (incl. audio-cd's) ISBN 978-90-805453-3-5 € 84,90
Cd-rom ISBN 978-90-805453-4-2 €   9,95
Audio-cd's (set of 7) ISBN 978-90-805453-2-8 € 60,00

(Prices are exclusive of VAT, postage and packing)

The Netherlands – The Dutch

Each chapter has a section called The Netherlands – The Dutch, which focuses on useful information regarding Dutch society. The perfect way to explore a variety of topics which offer insight into the language, the country and its inhabitants.