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Students struggle to follow lectures in ‘bad’ English

Some lectures at Dutch universities and Hoger beroepsonderwijs or higher professional education colleges are given in such bad English that no one can understand them, according to research by students’ union LSVb, reports Dutch News.

Almost 60% of students in an LSVb poll say they have been confronted with incomprehensible lecturers, De Telegraaf reports. A large majority of the 269 students questioned criticised the level of English of lecturers and professors and said they learned less from bad English lectures than those given in Dutch. “This is a potential danger for the quality of education,” LSVb chairman Stefan Wirken told the paper.

Dutch universities and colleges have been introducing more and more English into their degree courses in an effort to attract international students and prepare Dutch students for an international career. The LSVb was to take part in a round table session with MPs, university staff and language experts last week to discuss the ‘totalitarian’ introduction of English at Dutch higher education institutions.
Full report on the Dutch News site
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