English as a Second Language


Course Objective

1. Knowledge
Students can state major theories of SLA (Second Language Acquisition).
Students can describe the position of English in The Netherlands within
linguistic models of World Englishes.
2. Application
Students are able to identify issues in language learning, with
particular application to English in the Netherlands. Students are able
to examine these issues critically and solve them creatively, based on
the theories offered in the course.
3. Attitude
Students are able to discuss their own views on language learning and
the experiences that have influenced this view.
4. Learning
Students will continuously assess and (where necessary) change/develop
language learning practices in the context of their own school.

Course Content

In this course we will focus on second language learning, addressing
differences between first, second and foreign language acquisition in
the context of The Netherlands. Regarding language acquisition, we will
discuss different trends in language learning and didactic approaches.
Regarding the case of The Netherlands, we will examine to what extent
English is becoming a second language for Dutch native speakers,
exploring issues such as domains of use of English, language and
identity, and language attitudes. Case studies that we will discuss
include the place of English in The Netherlands in Kachru’s (1985) Three
Circles Model and Schneider's Dynamic Model (2003), bilingual education
(TTO/CLIL) and English in Dutch primary schools.

Teaching Methods

Interactive lectures (two hours) and seminars (two hours). The seminars
have a Blended Learning format.

Method of Assessment

A final research report (4,000 words) (analysis of theory, analysis of
the language learning context of the student's own school, combined with
a brief recommendation regarding the school’s approach to language

Entry Requirements

A Bachelor English Language and Culture (or a comparable degree).


Edwards, A. (2014). English in the Netherlands: Functions, Forms and
Attitudes. PhD dissertation, University of Cambridge.
Loewen, S. (2015). Introduction to instructed second language
acquisition. New York: Routledge.
Edwards (2014) and any additional literature will be made available on
Canvas. Loewen's book is available as an e-book on the UB VU website:

Target Audience

Students in the Educational Master (English).

Additional Information

80% attendance of the lectures, (Blended Learning) seminars and
submission of the course work is conditional for being awarded a grade
for the final research report.

General Information

Course Code L_ETMAEDU001
Credits 6 EC
Period P2+3
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Course Coordinator dr. L.M. Rupp
Examiner dr. L.M. Rupp
Teaching Staff dr. L.M. Rupp
dr. A.A. Kaal

Practical Information

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Last-minute registration is available for this course.

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