Student party UReka proposes to create a new minor programme focused on learning Dutch. ‘This would make it easier for international students to learn the language,’ says Hamza Riaz on behalf of UReka.
The Faculty of Engineering Technology (ET) is organizing Cafe de las Lenguas alias Language Café, an informal gathering where people can practice their language skills. Starting today, it will take place every second and fourth Thursday of the month in the Horst cafeteria.
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.
The UT Language Centre is starting a new Dutch language course for complete beginners. It aims to be very practical and to offer a less time-consuming alternative to the existing ‘Dutch for beginners’ courses.
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.
English has many varieties, but is Dutch English one of them? How do we decide what is a legitimate variety of a language? That was the main topic of a Studium Generale lecture, held on the 10th of March 2015 and presented by Alison Edwards, a researcher with a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Cambridge.
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.
For the first time at University of Twente, an independent student association takes upon itself teaching a foreign language on campus. UT-Muslims Students Association has recently taken an initiative of offering Arabic language courses to interested members of the UT community.
Foreign students and staff who do everything to learn Dutch are - sometimes apparently against their will - constantly spoken to in English. The language coordination desk has found something for this: a badge.
An expected misconception from people reading the title, is that I mean it would take exactly three days to learn a language, and that I am about to present the magical formula for this. I apologize for foiling your dreams, but I do not have any magical formula, neither do I know how long it would take you to learn a new language. Unfortunately, the answer to ‘How long does it take to learn a language?’ is only determined by the learner himself.