Teachers pan English in Dutch primary schools

7th January 2005, Comments 1 comment

7 January 2005AMSTERDAM — Teachers working in Dutch primary schools feel they are not trained properly to teach English, and they have awarded the subject less than six out of 10 in a new report.

7 January 2005

AMSTERDAM — Teachers working in Dutch primary schools feel they are not trained properly to teach English, and they have awarded the subject less than six out of 10 in a new report.

In fact, primary school teachers were the kindest, awarding an average 5.8 out of 10 to the level of English in the Dutch primary school system. The teaching profession in  general rates the success of the subject at 5.6, a report by the education union AOb has found.

Secondary school teachers, the AOb said, are particularly annoyed the big difference in the standard of English spoken by their new pupils. Primary school teachers counter by saying they are not trained properly to teach English. Liesbeth Verheggen of the AOb said it was high time that primary school teachers were given proper training.

Primary school teachers also complained to the AOb that they had too little time to invest in the subject, despite the language's important position in the world.

The Aob interviewed over 500 teachers for its report, which is part of a larger investigation into the role of English in the Dutch education system.

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Subject: Dutch news

1 Comment To This Article

  • Maria Quigley posted:

    on 10th February 2009, 17:09:51 - Reply

    Dear Sir,
    I would like to help with the teaching of English in Dutch schools. I am a native speaker from Ireland and have my Cambridge TEFL Diplomas.
    I am looking for work at the moment. I also speak Dutch at a good level.
    Please provide me with further information where I can apply.

    Thanking you

    Maria Quigley