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.



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


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


  • M. van der Laaken (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 (pp. 249-263). Amsterdam: Pegasus.


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


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


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


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


  • E.A. Bannink, H.R. van Dam van Isselt, A.R. Kaal, M. van der Laaken, N. Montesano Montessori & S. Oswald (2014). Critical Discourse Analysis CDA20+. Symposium: Amsterdam (2014, September 8 - 2014, September 9).
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