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geplaatst op: 17-11-2008
De Nassau passed the test with flying colours

On 3 November last a committee of three, chaired by a professor of English from Groningen University, visited the school to check the quality of the bilingual department. They were commissioned by the European Platform to assess this type of education at De Nassau.

The committee interviewed the management of the school, students and parents. The teachers of English and those who teach their subject in English were also interviewed. Besides, they observed lessons of our first-, second- and third-formers who were taught subjects in English. On a scale of 1 to 4, where the maximum score is 4, the committee rated our bilingual department with four 4’s and two 3’s. Of course, we are very proud to be assessed so positively. For us this is an indication that we are on the right track and that we are ready to prepare our students for the language A2 programme for English of the International Baccalaureate Organisation. At the end of their six years’ training our students will have reached a level of English which is commonly referred to as near native. At the end of their school career these students will get their regular ‘vwo’ diploma and a special certificate stating their high level of English.

At the end of the day the committee also told the management that both students and parents were very satisfied with the way De Nassau has organised its bilingual department. Furthermore, they explained to the school that they were impressed with the enthusiasm amongst the teachers of the bilingual department.

We have always been very positive ourselves and now it has been assessed objectively that this type of bilingual education at De Nassau is an excellent choice.

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