The Language Show: Why Study Dutch

Why study Dutch?

Interactive talk as part of the Language Show
14 November, 15.30
online and free

In this interactive talk,  Kris Van de Poel, Secretary General of the Dutch Language Union (Taalunie), will explore some of the remarkable features of the Dutch language. She will also take a closer look at the diversity of people speaking Dutch as their first language, spread over four countries and two continents. Finally, you will encounter some of the remarkable cultural products producted in Dutch.

Kris van de Poel will demonstrate that Dutch is an accessible Germanic language that unlocks the rich cultures of the Low Countries and beyond.



Workshop for Tutors of Dutch in the UK and Ireland

Teaching Dutch to audiences in the UK and Ireland
20-21 November 2020
0nline event

This autumn, the Association for Low Countries Studies ( ALCS ) is organising its first Language Teacher  Workshop. The workshop will be delivered online and is open to all teachers of Dutch in adult education in the UK, Ireland and beyond. This event and is generously sponsored by our long-term partner the Nederlandse Taalunie.

The programme varies from sessions on vocabulary and learning psychology, creating learning communities online, to personal language journeys and the sense and nonsense of grammar teaching. There will also be a virtual borrel with our 2020 Taalunie Writer in Residence Niña Weijers. And of course there will be plenty of opportunity to meet colleagues and exchange ideas.

Do join us!

The workshop is free and we are very much looking forward to bringing together the UK and
Ireland’s Dutch language tutors.  We often work on our own and don’t have ready access to colleagues to exchange ideas and expereinces. This two-day workshop want to connect and infrom.

Please spread the word and enrol here.

Our ProgrammeTeacher Workshop December 20202

If you cannot make this event, but would like to be kept informed about future events for language tutors, let us know here.

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ONLINE EVENT – Introducing VERZET Chapbooks

Schermafbeelding 2020-10-09 om 13.19.27Schermafbeelding 2020-10-09 om 13.21.40On Tuesday 13 October, Off the Shelf Festival and New Dutch Writing organise the free live event ‘VERZET‘, which focuses on contemporary Dutch writers and their translators.
VERZET is a collection of beautifully designed chapbooks, showcasing the work of eight of the most exciting young writers working in the Netherlands today. The event and Q&A will be chaired by the ALCS’s own Dr Henriette Louwerse (University of Sheffield).
Join us via this link!