Foreign Language Learning

Learn a foreign language and increase your chances on the job market!

Learning foreign languages

The minor Foreign Language Learning offers you the opportunity to learn two new languages in one semester. The languages offered in 2019-2020 are: Spanish, Portuguese, French and Moroccan Arabic. You will get acquainted with the sounds, words and grammar of your new languages and you will learn how to put that knowledge to use in different communicative situations.

In period 1 you will follow basic courses in the languages of your choice.
In period 2 you will take one advanced language course and follow the linguistics course Second Language Acquisition.
In period 3 you will combine the acquired knowledge and skills by conducting a linguistic research project: you will make a linguistic comparison between Dutch or English on the one hand and your two new languages on the other hand.

The course on French requires basic knowledge of French (4 years of vwo French). As for the other languages, no prior knowledge is required.
In the course Second Language Acquisition you will study the learning processes that take place when a child or an adult starts learning a new language. You will explore theories on the learnability of language and you will analyse teaching methods.

In the final research project you will investigate one grammatical aspect of your new languages and compare it to either Dutch or English.

For specific information about each course, please visit our study guide.

This minor is open to all Bachelor’s students in their second year or up. Students from other universities are welcome as well.

VU students should register for the courses through VUnet, taking into account the VU regulations and deadlines for course registrations.

Student from other universities must register as a secondary subjects student (‘bijvakstudent’), including a document from their own Examination Board, stating they have permission to take these courses.

More information about Admission and Registration (Dutch: Aanmelden voor een minor).

If you have detailed questions about the contents of the programme, please contact:

Dr. Petra Bos
(preferably by mail)

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Samenvatting Foreign Language Learning




1 semester (30 EC)


September 1st


Talen en Communicatie