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Berna de Boer


Position

  • Head of the Dutch Section
  • Lecturer in Dutch for non-native speakers

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Berna de Boer

Personal profile

After completing my ‘kandidaats’ degree in Dutch and ‘doctoraal’ degree in Applied Linguistics in Groningen, I worked on a teaching materials project, contributed to expertise enhancement for volunteers teaching Dutch to non-native speakers, and taught Dutch to Iranians. In 1986 I started teaching at the Institute of Applied Linguistics of the University of Groningen,which turned into the Language Centre two years later. I’ve been working there ever since as a lecturer of NT2 and am now also head of the Dutch Section, which I really enjoy! Our working field is expanding due to a growing demand among international students as well as native speakers, in both professional and academic contexts, for training in Dutch communication and writing skills.

My aim is for people to learn Dutch efficiently in a pleasant learning environment. By publishing textbooks for NT2 teaching, we are contributing to the relatively new field of Dutch as a Second Language. As an author I am jointly responsible for the publication of various NT2 learning methods, such as ‘In de startblokken’, ‘Nederlands in gang’, ‘Nederlands in actie’ and ‘Nederlands op niveau’ ( Uitgeverij Coutinho). For me, publishing textbooks is a way to inspire students to learn Dutch in a pleasant, effective way even if they are not personally taught by us. Our practical experience combined with recent academic insights into language acquisition and language teaching are closely intertwined in these textbooks.

I really enjoy learning other languages as I also really appreciate it when the people I meet abroad turn out to speak Dutch. Language and cultural knowledge are closely intertwined. Numerous encounters with foreigners have taught me to look at the Netherlands through their eyes, which has often led me to make changes in my approach.

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