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B. (Bart) Siekman MA

Faculty of Humanities
Capaciteitsgroep Engelse taal en cultuur

Visiting address
  • Spuistraat 134
  • Room number: 6.51
Postal address
  • Postbus 1641
    1000 BP Amsterdam
  • About me

    I am a PhD candidate at the Amsterdam Center of Language and Communication (ACLC), part of the Faculty of Humanities of the University of Amsterdam. Below, you'll find a short CV and a description of my PhD thesis.


  • Curriculum Vitae


    University of Amsterdam, 2013 - 2017
    Bachelor Dutch language and culture, with a major in Dutch linguistics. 
    University of Amsterdam, 2017 - 2019
    Master Dutch as a second language and multilingualism.


    University of Amsterdam – Student assistant, 2015-2017

    I taught the course Sentence parsing in the bachelor programmes Linguistics and Dutch language and culture.

    Instituut voor Nederlands Taalonderwijs en Taaladvies - 2018 

    I taught B1-B2 and >A1-A1 courses and I assisted inupdating the teaching method Codeplus.

    Municipality of Amsterdam - 2018

    I participated in the project Equal Opportunities in Primary Education.

    Stichting voor Interculturele Participatie en Integratie - 2018 – 2019

    I taught integration courses and courses for illiterate adults.

    Instituut voor Taalonderzoek en Taalonderwijs Amsterdam (ITTA UvA) –  Consultant, 2019 - 2023

    Specializations: low literacy and digital skills in adults, and language and parental involvement. I had several functions as a consultant:

    • Project manager of several research project and experiments commissioned by the Dutch governmental program Tel mee met Taal
    • Trainer courses Teacher Basic Skills (Dutch as a first language and digital skills)
    • Developer of teaching methods (for example TaalKlik, which combines language teaching and improving digital skills for adult learners)
  • PhD project

    Literacy and Second Language Acquisition in LESLLA-learners

    The leading question of my PhD project is how the ability of LESLLA-learners, that is: emergent adult readers, to learn a language is shaped by acquiring literacy skills. It is hypothesized that when acquiring literacy skills, metalinguistic abilities will also develop which will be beneficial for language learning. Connections have been found in LESLLA learners between different levels of literacy skills and the ability to uptake information from an orally given recast (Bigelow et al, 2006). Also, Roehr-Brackin & Tellier (2019) found several correlations between metalinguistic awareness measures and L2 proficiency in secondary school students. This thesis will contribute to our knowledge of SLA by providing deeper insight in the connection between literacy, metalinguistic abilities and language learning abilities. 

    This thesis is part of the Meta-LLL project and is supervised by prof. dr. Sible Andringa (PI), dr. Josje Verhagen, dr. Michal Korenar and dr. Sybren Spit. Also part of this project is the PhD project of my colleague Sarah der Nederlanden MSc, who will study partly the same research questions in children who need to learn a second language and how to read and write simultaneously.

  • Publications


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