Wednesday, December 09, 2009
German has a prominent place in language teaching in the Netherlands, and is coming back into popularity after a period of decline at the end of the 20th century. Approximately 55 to 60% of Dutch people speak German, and there are 386,000 Germans living in the Netherlands. There are at least five universities where German can be studied, with 800 students.
The German language is the Netherlands is still often associated with the Second World War. But mainly because Germany after the fall of the Wall has become increasingly stronger economically, more and more are interested in learning German. Conversely, it is also popular for Germans to study Dutch; there are more students in Munster alone studying Dutch than German students in the Netherlands.
German is required for many students in secondary schools. Thus, at the VWO (pre-university secondary education in the Netherlands) level there is at least two years teaching German. There is also a bilingual (German-Dutch) secondary school in Venlo, near the German border.