Text : Henk Roozeboom, Utrecht
Juliette van der Knijff founded Taalles in 1993. Frank Peters
joined a few years later. Both are qualified teachers of Dutch who
in Dutch as a Second Language since the 1980s. Since 1994 they have
worked as examiners for the Staatsexamen ‘Nederlands als Tweede
Beginning with providing lessons in Dutch for asylum-seekers, they
moved via private language institutes into mainstream education, particularly
Adult Education and Vocational Training.
They have taken part in many diverse projects for non-native speakers,
such as link-programmes with Higher Education, vocationally orientated
NT2 training and business courses. This has given them a wealth of
experience in study management, familiarisation with Dutch culture,
and the development of appropriate lesson materials. The educational
level of students has ranged from semi-illiterate to post-university.
In choosing to commit themselves to Taalles they are opting for a small
scale, independent working environment, where there is room for creativity
and where they, in direct consultation with employers and students,
decide the content of the course.