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Jeroen van Engen


  • Head of the Modern Foreign Languages Section
  • Lecturerin Dutch for non-native speakers
  • Coordinator Online Dutch

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Jeroen van Engen

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After completing my degree in Dutch Language and Literature in Groningen and Cambridge, I worked in the extramural Dutch Studies departments at the universities of Madrid and Bratislava. My interests shifted to applied linguistics, in particular to processes of foreign language and second language acquisition. I love learning new languages. I speak German, English, Spanish, a little bit of French and am currently learning Russian.

Until 2009 I taught and coordinated university courses in Dutch at the Language Centre of Maastricht University. In 2010 I joined the University of Groningen Language Centre.

Apart from Dutch as a second language, I am also involved in computer assisted language learning, autonomous language learning, mobile learning, etc. I also participate in European Lifelong Learning Projects such as MAGICC and SpeakApps. This combination of activities makes my work in Groningen quite challenging. Optimizing processes of second language acquisition, particularly through autonomous, computer assisted language learning, has become a special interest of mine.

We are all getting smarter and are increasingly feeling the need to share knowledge and communicate with each other. By learning a language you discover a new culture; in a way, you reinvent yourself. In an intercultural environment, this is a fascinating ‘growth process’. Through my work I try to guide this process as well as I can.

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