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Adult education: language courses

On Monday, February 15th, 2016, Saba Reach Foundation (SRF) will be starting its fifth language course term in collaboration with the NVAO (Nederlands-Vlaamse Accreditatieorganisatie) accredited University of the Dutch Caribbean located on Curacao. Upon successful completion of each course, students will receive a recognized University of the Dutch Caribbean certificate according to their attained language proficiency.

Based on demand, the courses below will be offered in line with the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). CEFR is a guideline used to describe achievements of European language learners. The framework provides a consistent method of learning and assessing which applies to all European languages. The six reference levels are becoming widely accepted as the European standard for grading an individual’s language proficiency (reference level descriptions on page 3).

  • Course Offering
Language Days Time Location Instructor
Dutch B2 Monday & Wednesday 5:30 – 7:00 Saba Comprehensive School F. Wilson
Dutch B1 Monday & Wednesday 7:00 – 8:30 Saba Comprehensive School F. Wilson
Dutch A1/A2 Tuesday & Thursday 5:30 – 7:00 Sacred Heart School F. Neunzig
English A1 Tuesday & Thursday 5:30 – 7:00 Saba Comprehensive School D. Sykes
Spanish A1 Tuesday & Thursday 7:00 – 8:30 Saba Comprehensive School E. Schasfoort
  • Duration

The 2016 Spring term will start on February 15th, 2016 and end on June 30th, 2016. The term consists of 16 weeks of 32 1.5 hour face-to-face classes, 1 week of scheduled 1.5 hour final exams, 1 week of re-sit exams if necessary, and 3 weeks of holiday. A detailed schedule will be provided to each registered student at the start of the term.

  • Entrance Exams

Prospective students who prefer to immediately enroll in beginner’s level A2 or intermediate levels B1 or B2 must sit an entrance exam during the week of February 1st at the Eugenius Johnson Center.

  • Final Exams

Final exams will be held during the week of June 20th, 2016. Results will be shared during the week of June 27th. Re-sits will also be scheduled during the week of June 27th.

The final exam will consist of 4 components: listening, reading, writing, and oral. Students must earn a cumulative score of 6/10 in order to pass the exam and receive a certificate. Students must also earn a score of at least 5/10 for each component in order to pass the exam and receive a certificate.

Instructors will make use of an attendance sheet to monitor how students’ attendance influence performance on final exams. Students with an attendance rate of less than 75% will not sit the final exam.

  • Registration

The registration period begins on January 18th and ends on February 12th.

Please fill-in the form on page 4 of this document to register. Registration forms should be submitted at the Saba Reach office at the Eugenius Johnson Center in Windwardside or via e-mail:

A maximum of 10 students can be admitted into each language course. A minimum of 3 enrollments per course is required for the course to continue.

  • Payment Plan
Payment Description Amount Due
Course fee

(16 weeks, 32 Classes, Final Exam & Certificate)


(4 instalments – $90)*

1st instalment – February 15th

2nd instalment –  March 25th

3rd instalment – April 25th

4th instalment – May 25th

Book fee $35 February 15th
Total $395  


Please deposit all payments to the ‘Foundation Social Workplace Saba’ RBC account #8600000420728322 and submit the deposit receipt as proof of payment at the Saba Reach Foundation office or via e-mail:
Students may not sit final exams or receive certificates unless all pending payment instalments have been transferred.

Common Reference Levels: Global Scale*





Proficient User

C2 Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can summarize information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.
C1 Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognize implicit meaning. Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organizational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.

Independent User

B2 Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialization. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.
B1 Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

Basic User

A2 Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.
A1 Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

Have a look at the registration form below. You can download the file using the link below the file.

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Contact the office to register from Monday, January 18th
Tel: 416-3706
Address: Eugenius Johnson Center, Windwardside, Saba

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