The Language Centre aims to offer high-quality courses. We therefore participate in various local, national as well as international projects to make sure that we continually stay up-to-date with the latest developments and trends in language teaching and language acquisition.
Gerrit Krol Award – essay competition
The Language Centre and the Faculty of Arts of the University of Groningen have established the Gerrit Krol Award in 2019 in order to pay structural attention to Dutch as an academic language. The second edition has the theme 'scenarios for the future'. Read more about the Gerrit Krol Award.
As of 2015, the Centre for Academic Communication Skills Online (CASCO) will be the Language Centre’s new portal for academic communication skills. New and existing learning material in the fields of ‘writing’ and ‘holding presentations’ will be made available via the portal. The material will include videos and assignments with automated feedback, peer feedback and lecturer feedback. The information will be based on the HACV (Handboek Academische Communicatieve Vaardigheden; Manual for Academic Communication Skills) and the MAGICC Conceptual Framework (EU LLP 2011-2014).
Intercultural Sensitivity Training
More and more often we meet people who have a different cultural background and who speak a different language, for instance customers or colleagues on the work floor or when we go abroad. We find ourselves in all kinds of intercultural situations at work but also outside work. In addition to language skills, sensitivity to cultural differences is a crucial competence in an international environment. The Language Centre wants to help people develop and improve their intercultural sensitivity, for instance by means of Intercultural Effectiveness Training (IET). Read more about IET
As a result of the internationalization of higher education in Europe, students and lecturers alike form much more heterogeneous groups than ever before. They speak a wide range of languages and represent many different cultural backgrounds. English has become the foreign language of choice and degree programmes are offered in English more and more, but there is also a renewed interest in learning foreign languages. The IntlUni project aims to map these trends and to identify reference points, in order to to provide quality teaching and facilitate quality learning in the complex new European learning space. Read more about IntlUni
Dutch language and culture year programme
Since 2013, the Dutch section of the UG Language Centre and the department of Dutch Studies of the UG Faculty of Arts have cooperated with the department of Dutch at the Communication University of China. Once every four years, third-year Bachelor’s students of the CUC take part in an intensive language and culture programme at the University of Groningen . The programme was offered in the academic years 2013-2014 and 2017-2018.
The Language Centre was involved in the Life-long Learning project MAGICC (2011-2014), funded by the Council of Europe. The main aim of this 3-year project was to create modules for the Bachelor's and Master's levels, through which students learn to work in a variety of languages and with different cultures simultaneously, building up skills and competences relevant to the workplace they will find themselves in after their studies.
Make it in Groningen
The ‘Make it in Groningen’ (MiiG) project aims to develop a Dutch platform for distance language learners. The project will consist of two parts: an ‘appetizer’ and an online course. The appetizer will introduce students to the Dutch language, the University of Groningen and the city of Groningen, whereas the course component will comprise a basic course in Dutch. MiiG ultimately aims to encourage staff and students who are considering coming to Groningen to actually take that step. Read more about Make it in Groningen
Skype Collaboration Groningen-Padua
Students often wish to practise their speaking skills more regularly, but they are sometimes reluctant to take the initiative to talk with their own classmates in English. This project provides learners of English at the universities of Groningen and Padua with assignments to structure their discussions with other learners at approximately the same language level. Using Skype as the medium for communication, the project lowers the threshold for students to speak English with other learners outside the classroom. Read more about the Groningen-Padua Skype collaboration
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