The effectiveness of early foreign language learning in the Netherlands

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Kees de Bot

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This article reports on a number of projects on early English teaching in the Netherlands. The focus of these projects has been on the impact of English on the development of the mother tongue and the development of skills in the foreign language. Overall the results show that there is no negative effect on the mother tongue and that the gains in English proficiency are substantial. Given the specific situation in the Netherlands where English is very present, in particular in the media, a real comparison of the findings with those from other countries is problematic.

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Kees de Bot, Department of Applied Linguistics, Faculteit der Letteren, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen Oude Kijk in ‘t Jatstraat 26, 9712 EK Groningen

c.l.j.de.bot@rug.nl
Kees de Bot is Professor of Applied Linguistics at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands and the University of Pannonia, Veszprém, Hungary. He has published on various topics in international journals and books. His current research interests are multilingual processing, code switching, the application of dynamics systems to language development, language attrition and the history of applied linguistics. His work is characterized by a certain lack of focus and he intends to keep it that way in the years to come.

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