Symposium "Dutch as a foreign language" by Prof. Jim Cummings

ORANJESTAD - On November 24, 2020, the Dutch Language Union, in cooperation with educational partners from Curacao, Aruba, Bonaire, St. Maarten, St. Eustatius, and Saba, will organize the online symposium "Dutch as a foreign language". 

The symposium is for everyone involved in education in Dutch on these islands, such as teachers and/or other professionals in education, parents, and students.

The purpose of this event is to get these groups to reflect and discuss the position of languages, especially Dutch, within multilingual education on these islands.

On the Caribbean islands, most people speak and understand multiple languages, between which Dutch. For many, however, it is not their mother tongue, but a foreign language. At every school, Dutch is a mandatory language. At many schools, especially on the ABC islands, Dutch is even an instruction language. Dutch is sometimes traditionally approached as the mother tongue. In many cases, this does not meet the needs of the students. That is the reason many schools approach Dutch as a foreign language, an approach that is comparable to other foreign languages at school.

Symposium program

Ad workshop “Dutch as foreign language” by Prof. Jim CummingsThe online symposium starts at 3 pm with the workshop "NVT in my class". This workshop is meant for teachers, education managers, and curriculum developers. The public symposium starts from 16.00 hours to 18.00 hours. Everyone involved in education in and of Dutch, from teachers and other education professionals to students, parents, and other involved parties are welcome to participate in the public session. The focus of the symposium is "Dutch as a foreign language in a multilingual context". The Keynote speaker is Dr. Jim Cummins, professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, with the topic: multilingual education based on mother tongue. Besides the attention for the NVT, there is also a presentation of a 'Language Friendly School concept'. These schools recognize and embrace the cultural origin of their students.

NVT-netwerk and Kernnetwerk:

Kernnetwerk NVT is part of Network NVT. Netwerk NVT consists of stakeholders in the education of the six islands and aims to share knowledge and best practices of NVT. Core Kernnetwork NVT is the more policy-oriented part of this network, which strives for greater awareness and broader application of NVT didactics in the Caribbean. The activities are part of the NVT Caribbean Network project and are financially supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science 

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