By Theo Bongaerts, Kees de Bot

This quantity, containing fourteen invited papers on foreign-language coverage, starts with a short heritage of foreign-language instructing coverage within the Netherlands. This old define is through 4 contributions of authors who as soon as built the Dutch nationwide motion Programme (NAP) on overseas Languages lower than the directorship of Theo van Els. the second one part comprises 5 contributions written by means of specialists from Germany, Israel, Finland and the USA, who think about the language guidelines followed of their nations and at the overseas influence of the tips built within the NAP. the ultimate element of the e-book offers 4 contributions from Dutch authors, all focussing on language coverage matters concerning the respective roles of Dutch as a moment language, and of ethnic-minority languages within the Netherlands.
The contributions to this quantity have been written through pals and associates of Theo van Els, in acceptance of his huge contributions to that sector of utilized linguistics which has captured his fascination for a few years: foreign-language instructing policy.

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It reports that: "the need for foreign languages is steadily increasing in all sectors and the required level of competence is rising... while in the past only large companies operated internationally, at present this is also true for a rapidly increasing portion of small and medium-sized companies. The government is becoming more and more involved with other member states of the European Community. The number of students in higher education is growing considerably, which is reflected in a growing need for a command of foreign languages.

A major role the task force took upon itself was to stimulate, steer, and coordinate existing institutions and others to work towards realizing the thirtyfour recommendations. Some institutes and centres in the Netherlands are, at least in part, funded by the Ministry of Education. The task force was charged and authorized to coordinate and guide the activities of these institutes and centres, as far as they were carried out within the framework of the so-called government- and field-programming budget.

Withagen, V. and M. Oud-de Glas. 1993. De Effecten van Studie en Stage in het Bui­ tenland bij Studenten in het Hoger Onderwijs: Verslag van een Literatuuronder­ zoek. Enschede: NAP/MVT. G. RENIQUE Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers VNO-NCW There has always been a great interest in Foreign Language Teaching (FLT) in the Netherlands. The language skills of the Dutch are (some critics say: were) proverbial. But this does not explain why the idea for a National Action Programme on Foreign Languages came up at the end of the eighties.

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