Fotograaf: Eduard Lampe

mw. drs. M. (Manon) van der Laaken

  • Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
    Capaciteitsgroep Engelse taal en cultuur
  • Bezoekadres
    P.C. Hoofthuis
    Spuistraat 134  Amsterdam
    Kamernummer: 541
  • Postadres:
    Spuistraat  134
    1012 VB  Amsterdam
    T: 0205253828

I studied English at the University of Amsterdam and graduated in English Linguistics in 1979, with minors in General Linguistics, Translation Studies and Anglo-American Studies. I worked as a lecturer of English Language Acquisition at the UvA for many years, and then moved into new directions: I worked as a researcher / interviewer / director for a Dutch television production company, making informative TV programmes for Dutch national television, and I worked as a communications specialist for McKinsey & Company, a large international consultancy agency.  In 2003 I returned to the UvA. My teaching focuses on language in politics, sociolinguistics, writing skills, presentation techniques, and the cultural aspects of communication. I have been involved in a large number of internationalisation projects, in which Dutch students worked together with students from universities abroad (e.g. Venice, Southampton, Melbourne, York, Minnesota). My research interests include political discourse and cross-cultural and on-line communication. I am currently working on a research project on doctor-patient communication in outpatient cancer consultations.


  • Goddard, A., van der Laaken, M., & Mesker, R. (2009). Hello, England Calling. In M. Childs, H. L. Schnieders, P. van Parreeren, & J. Oomen (Eds.), DIVERSE Conference Proceedings 2007 - 2008. (pp. 153-158) [details] [PDF]
  • Prior, Y., van der Laaken, M., & van der Zwaard, R. (2009). Artspeak: Articulating Artistic Process Across Cultural Boundaries through Digital Theatre. The International Journal of the Arts in Society, 4(3), 433-446. [details]


  • van der Laaken, M. (1990). Schrijfvaardigheid in de moderne vreemde talen. Wat moeten we ermee? Levende Talen, (451), 245-247. [details]


  • van der Laaken, M. (1986). Herschrijven als onderdeel van het schrijfvaardigheidsonderwijs in de moderne vreemde talen. Levende Talen, (414), 537-540. [details]


  • van der Laaken, M. (2016). A female audience: The construction of female-friendliness in anecdotes in the 2012 US presidential elections. In A. Bannink, & W. Honselaar (Eds.), From Variation to Iconicity: Festschrift for Olga Fischer on the occasion of her 65th birthday. (pp. 249-263). Amsterdam: Pegasus. [details]


  • van der Laaken, M. (1988). Writing and revising in L1 and L2: a pilot study. In Dutch Working Papers in English Language and Linguistics. (Vol. 4, pp. 1-11) [details]


  • van der Laaken, M., & van der Laaken, B. (2013). Presentation techniques. - 2nd ed. Bussum: Coutinho. [details]


  • van der Laaken, M., Lankamp, R. E., & Sharwood-Smith, M. (2001). Writing Better English. Bussum: Coutinho. [details]


  • Bannink, E.A. (organiser), van Dam van Isselt, H.R. (organiser), Kaal, A.R. (organiser) & van der Laaken, M. (organiser) (8-9-2014 - 9-9-2014): Symposium, Amsterdam (organising a conference, workshop, ...).


  • van der Laaken, M. (speaker) (3-9-2014): Constructing female-friendliness: a multi-perspective analysis of excerpts from the 2012 US presidential debates, CADAAD2014, Budapest.
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