ERIC Number: ED338021
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
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Three Decades of Foreign-Language Teaching in the Netherlands.
van Essen, Arthur
Toegepaste Taalwetenschap in Artikelen (Applied Linguistics in Articles), n36 p72-85 1990
A review of the journal of the Dutch Modern Language Association in the last three decades indicates that second language teaching in the Netherlands has evolved from something static into something very dynamic. Emphasis has shifted from knowledge about the language to knowledge of the language. Thirty years ago, Dutch textbooks were written by Dutch authors for the home market. Today they are written increasingly by foreign authors for a world market. Authentic materials are currently very popular, and contrastive analysis is not. Curriculum development has been in the forefront of the profession in the last 20 years. Focus has been on aims, objectives, and performance. The student is seen more as a learner, the teacher less as a pedagogue. Gurus in foreign language education have been replaced by technocrats, and teacher professional associations are struggling with the change. Teaching the individual language skills has come to require a variety of activities and methods, but classroom practice has not kept pace with this development. The Dutch used to be proud of their foreign language education, but current trends in language proficiency are discouraging. A 41-item bibliography is included. (MSE)
Publication Type: Journal Articles
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Identifiers: Authentic Materials; Dutch Modern Language Association; Netherlands
Note: In: "Balance & Perspectives: 25 Years of Dutch Applied Linguistics" (see FL 019 532).