The Language Centre of the University of Groningen is the only institution in the northern Netherlands to provide a recognized specialized teacher-training programme in Dutch for non-native speakers (NT2).
This is the Language Centre’s response to the growing demand for teachers of Dutch for non-native speakers. The increasing numbers of refugees coming to the Netherlands have resulted in long waiting lists at recognized institutions elsewhere in the country. Margaret van der Kamp, coordinator of the NT2 specialization at the Language Centre: ‘We were getting more and more inquiries about specialized NT2 teacher-training courses. Such specialized courses did not exist in the northern Netherlands, so we decided to use our knowledge and expertise in this field to develop one. We can now proudly announce that our training programme has been recognized by BVNT2 (Beroepsvereniging van docenten Nederlands als tweede taal), the professional association of teachers of Dutch as a second language.’
Pending this recognition the programme already started in February 2016, with a doubly positive result: not only was the programme recognized, some of the course participants have already found jobs as teachers at institutions in the northern Netherlands. The recognized programme will start in late September, and there are still a few places available. For more information, the entry requirements and to register, see www.rug.nl/talencentrum.
Margaret van der Kamp (coordinator of the NT2 specialization) and Birgit Lijmbachtel. 050 363 5802
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