Dutch language difficulties tackled at schools

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In an attempt to stimulate Dutch-language development, Amsterdam has compiled a list of 2,000 words young children should know.

AMSTERDAM—Amsterdam has come up with a new approach to tackling language difficulties among children brought up in a home where Dutch is not spoken. A list of the first 2,000 Dutch words a child aged four or five should know has been distributed to all primary schools in the capital.

Delayed development of Dutch-language skills has become a prevalent issue at schools, particularly in Amsterdam where a large segment of the population speaks only Arabic, Berber or Turkish at home. Another factor compounding the problem is that fewer parents read stories to their children, whether in Dutch or another language, which slows down language development in general.

The city council commissioned the 2,000 word list and wants to ensure that all children are familiar with its basic vocabulary before learning to read and write in the third year of school. The list will eventually be added to the school curriculum at national level.

Radio Netherlands/Expatica

3 Comments To This Article

  • Jose posted:

    on 15th April 2011, 15:01:06 - Reply

    I am no longer living in NL, however thanks a lot for the links. Hopefully they can be useful to someone.
  • Valentijn posted:

    on 15th April 2011, 11:36:52 - Reply

    I was wondering the same thing. It's at http://www.amsterdam.nl/publish/pages/171512/handreiking.pdf . The words start at page 21. There's also a word list there for VMBO students: http://www.amsterdam.nl/publish/pages/171512/handleiding_basislijst_schooltaalwoorden_vmbo.pdf . You can see them listed at http://www.amsterdam.nl/jeugd_onderwijs/varia_onderwijs/basiswoordenlijst-po/ in some other formats too, but they aren't practical for printing.
  • Jose posted:

    on 28th January 2009, 15:02:11 - Reply

    Is it possible to obtain this list somehow?