Life isn’t as easy as it might seem at first face, and so often people try to sell their fairy tales. That’s also the case when we are talking about the language we use here at the UT. Student columnist Niels ter Meer thinks we should do better than to re-tell our fairy tales.
Interest in learning Dutch is growing at the UT – not only among international students and staff, but also among native speakers whose Dutch is declining. That is one of the conclusions of the recent evaluation of the UT language policy. Katja Hunfeld, Head of the UT Language Centre and author of the evaluation, explains more.
Lisa Waldera (24) is a master’s student Communication Studies from Bremen, Germany. For three years now, she’s been living on campus. Next to her study, she regularly visits the cinema and enjoys concerts of all music genres. Every other week she writes about her life at the University of Twente.
Scones, small sandwiches and discussions about English. That was a High Tea organized by the Language Policy working group in the Gallery yesterday. The event was meant to help UT staff with the transition toward English.
New UT Language Policy – if approved by the University Council – will make English the official language of communication at the UT. We interviewed Katja Hunfeld, the Head of the University’s Language Centre (TCP), which has been actively involved in drawing up the policy, to discuss its possible consequences.
The University of Twente has formed an official Language Policy, which states that at the UT ‘English is the primary formal language of communication from 2018 onwards’. This means there are a few changes on the horizon. What can you expect?
De UT heeft een taalbeleid uitgewerkt, waarin staat dat ‘Engels vanaf 2018 de formele taal van communicatie’ is. Er gaat dus op taalgebied wat veranderen, wat kan jij verwachten?