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De eerste keer dit jaar waren we met 40 mensen .

Ook veel taalvrijwilligers waren aanwezig, dat maakte het extra gezellig.

 

Taalcafé  Delft  elke woensdag avond in het VAK !

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

  

   
   

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Learning the local lingo  ( TU Delft - Delta magazine  november 2011)

 

Opportunities for international students to take Dutch language classes are rather limited. Five experienced language teachers are however aiming to rectify this situation with customised Dutch classed taught in small groups.

 

The ability to speak and understand Dutch, and to write and email in Dutch. Extra training in specific areas, like spelling and grammar. Support in preparing for the national Dutch language exams. The demand for such Dutch language support among international students is great, Eline Carpentier and Bernadette Lengkeek confirm. They - together with three other experienced teachers - are now striving to satisfy this demand. All five teachers have years of experience and specialisations in teaching Dutch naturalisation classes for higher educated people and various other levels of adult education.

 

Until recently the ROC (Regional Education Centre) Mondriaan had a municipal grant for teaching NT2: a language course for people whose native language is not Dutch. At ROC, TU Delft students and other internationals could prepare for the comprehensive NT2 national Dutch-language exam. “These courses were comprised of three classes per week,” says Lengkeek. “But that proved to be too heavy of a workload, so we started offering one class per week. Now that the NT2 municipal grant has ended, we see that there is a big void in this area.”

 

One alternative is the courses that TU Delft offers. “But these are mainly intensive, block courses of 40 hours per week, including homework,” Carpentier says. “These courses are taught according to the ‘Delftse method’, whereby people learn Dutch quickly, although they don’t necessarily learn how to speak Dutch, since these courses were originally developed to allow foreign students to follow lectures. Nowadays however university lectures are primarily given in English. We aim to offer a supplement to the TU Delft courses. We’ve observed that among international students there is still a great demand for one or two classes per week in a conversational format. These international students want to be able to understand what their Dutch teammates are talking about after a sports match, for

instance, to be able to join in discussions in bars and cafes. In the conversation classes, the students learn to pose arguments, make arrangements and enumerate. Lengkeek: “One must be able to communicate with people at various agencies, but one must also be able to interact in social situations.”

  

The teachers give individual lessons, but they also work together. Carpentier: “We make use of each other’s expertise and experience, in terms of the teaching methods as well as running the business. We present ourselves as a single entity, with a joint brochure, and we’re currently working hard to develop a website.” The 40 euros per hour for a private lesson could prove an obstacle for the average student, Carpentier realises: “We therefore look for one or two other students who have the same level. Group lessons cost 30 euros per person and last for 90 minutes. We keep the groups small, because ideally we aim to provide customised lessons. First we determine what a person’s educational needs are, and then we devise a program based on this.”

 

Native Dutch speakers can also appeal to the five teachers for help. Carpentier: “A TU Delft lecturer once told me that the writing skills of Dutch students are often quite poor, so such students can also come to us for writing courses or proofreading.”

 

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