Basic Skills

In the Basic Skills module, students learn the foundations of correct language use.
The module teaches all relevant theory and includes an inexhaustible number of exercises, editing assignments and practice tests. The summative language tests from Hogeschooltaal test the Basic Skills.

Verb conjugation

  • How do you find the finite verb?
  • Past tense: strong verbs
  • Two or more finite verb forms
  • ’t Ex-kofschip (spelling of finite verbs and past participles)
  • Verb conjugation algorithm
  • Past participle
  • Verb stem
  • Past participle as adjective
  • “Je” following a finite verb
  • Present participle
  • Imperative
  • Conjugation of English loanwords
  • Present tense
  • Infinitive
  • Past tense: weak verbs
  • Separable and inseparable compound verbs
  • Past tense: weak verbs with false -f or -s


  • Compound words with infix -n or -s
  • Separate, concatenated or hyphenated
  • Lower or upper case
  • Vowel clashes
  • Abbreviations
  • Plurals and possessives
  • Diminutives
  • Accents

Sentence structure

  • Punctuation
  • Style at sentence level
  • Word types

Sentence structure

  • Language issues
  • Stylistic devices and figures of speech
  • Style at word level


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