Day By Day

Saturday, March 21, 2009


Now this is an interesting development:

Der Spiegel reports:

As education becomes an export product, Dutch universities are increasingly switching to English as the language of instruction -- some say that higher education is suffering as a result.
Read it here.

There seems to be a bit of resistance, especially on the part of faculty who are having to learn a new language late in life. The heavily accented broken English they speak has been termed "Denglish". The reason for the shift is globalization and the need to prepare students to work in an international setting where transactions are increasingly negotiated in English. Makes sense to me.

Gets me to thinking...,

Wouldn't it be nice to spend a year teaching in a Dutch university?