Literacy Teaching in the Low Countries

  • Pieter Reitsma
Part of the Encyclopedia of Language and Education book series (LANG, volume 2)


The Low Countries roughly constitute the northern part of the Kingdom of Belgium and all of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Although other languages, such as Frisian, are also spoken, the main language is Dutch or Nederlands. This review offers some historical perspectives on the development of spoken and written Dutch; discusses the social context of literacy in the Low Countries; and presents information on the teaching of reading at the various stages. Finally possible directions for future research are considered.


Reading Comprehension Emergent Literacy Matthew Effect Reading Habit Dutch Word 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pieter Reitsma
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  1. 1.Vrije Universiteit Amsterdamthe Netherlands

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