Two-day workshop for new NT2 teachers working in adult education
Many of those just starting out teaching Dutch as a Foreign Language (NT2) in adult education are underprepared. Teacher training often fails to provide sufficient insights into the needs of adults learning Dutch, but a good understanding of certain key aspects of NT2 teaching is essential if teachers want to get started in a didactically responsible manner. This course gives a brief introduction to a number of key points.
Day 1: Functional communicative tasks in the four skills (Els Le Page)
Most adults don’t decide to learn a foreign language just for fun – they usually have clear needs and a clear objective. When NT2 learners see that their course matches their profile, they are more likely to be more motivated about learning the language and make progress more quickly and effectively.
We’ll look at how functional communicative tasks can contribute to this. The focus is on language proficiency and learning is based around familiar situations. But how do we make sure that learners are fully engaged in listening, speaking, reading and writing in communicative situations?
Interactive methods help learners work and learn together. The teacher’s role is to support, guide and coach.
We discuss a number of methods per skill and introduce participants to NT2 terminology along the way.
a) Vocabulary acquisition (Ginny De Vos)
Without words, communication is impossible. Successful and efficient vocabulary acquisition is therefore an essential part of learning and teaching languages. But what does that mean exactly and how do you do it?
In the first part of this workshop, we explore questions such as:
- How many words can you introduce per lesson?
- Which words should you and shouldn’t you introduce? And in which order?
- How important is vocabulary knowledge if the course content emphasises the development of communicative language competencies?
The workshop translates recent insights from scientific research to classroom practice in the form of specific tips and examples for better vocabulary teaching.
The second part of the workshop presents ready-to-use examples from Dutch as a Foreign Language, French, English and other foreign language classes. Hands-on activities allow participants to discover for themselves the importance of a good approach to vocabulary semantisation and consolidation.
b) NT2 as a subject (Sabine Steemans)
Dutch as a Foreign Language (NT2) is a very different subject from the Dutch that native speakers learn. Native speakers learn many aspects of Dutch without thinking about it and these aspects are not covered by the Dutch classes taught in secondary schools. This course explores typical subject-specific NT2 expertise, paying special attention to the phonological system.
Didactic tips and tricks
Class observations have revealed a number of typical pitfalls that many new NT2 teachers get trapped in. We provide tips to help participants avoid these pitfalls.
New NT2 teachers working in adult education who have not yet taken a course on the didactics of Dutch as a Foreign Language.