Dutch Taalunie organized a “Dutch as a Foreign Language Nederlands als Vreemde Taal NVT” workshop on St. Eustatius and Saba last week. The participants were all teachers of primary and secondary education, who teach Dutch.
The objective of the workshop was to identify questions and needs regarding NVT education. The workshop was followed by class visits.
Based on the findings from these visits and the input of the teachers during the workshops, the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and Taalunie will consider what is required for successful NVT education on St. Eustatius and Saba.
As part of the transition to English as language of instruction in education, proper consideration is given to the Dutch language, which has the status of “strong foreign language.” After all, the islands are part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and annually a group of pupils set off to the European Netherlands for further education.
The guiding principle of English as language of instruction is that this transition should not be detriment to a good command of the Dutch language. NVT material has been developed for forms 5 through 8 of primary education and for classes 1 and 2 of secondary education in the past three years, in collaboration with Taalunie, by order of the OCW.
On St. Eustatius a local work group is currently working on the creation of NVT material for the youngest. Dutch as a foreign language is the term for Dutch language education for non-Dutch speakers outside the Dutch language area.
The Daily Herald.