A pilot of an official Dutch language exam will be held at the UT on the 10th of December. The test is organized by CNaVT (Certificate of Dutch as a Foreign Language) and is open to anyone at the university.
Minister of Education Ingrid van Engelshoven has announced plans to introduce more stringent language policies for Dutch higher education. This could mean that a number of programmes currently being taught in English will have to switch back to Dutch. But how likely is that to actually happen?
Universities and universities of applied sciences in the Netherlands must ensure that their students once again learn to read and write proper Dutch, says the government. There will even be a standard for students’ ‘communication skills’.
The UT Language Centre developed a special tour in the Rijksmuseum Twenthe, tailored to the needs of internationals learning Dutch. The first edition was held today for twelve UT students and employees. ‘This is a beautiful way to meet, to learn about the Dutch culture and history – and to learn new words.’
The new code of conduct for languages will give Dutch a stronger place in the UT programs, so expects Katja Hunfeld, head of the UT Language Center. ‘That is why we are expanding our offerings.’
To help international students integrate in the Netherlands, the UT Language Centre will organize a ‘Dutch Intensive Summer Course’ in August. The new course will take place prior to the Kick-In and is open to all interested UT students.
In January 2017, the TCP Language Centre will start a fully online course ‘Dutch for Beginners’. This new online course is meant for all UT employees, including PhD candidates, who speak very little or no Dutch. The course was designed as a solution for those, who can’t regularly attend classes.
It came as a surprise to upcoming second-year Communication Studies students: yesterday, they received the news that after the summer holidays, their programme will be predominantly in English. ‘We should have communicated this better,’ agrees Menno de Jong, Programme Director.