dr. H.H.G. (Bert) Weltens

  • Telephone:+31 20 59 82826
  • Room nr:13a00
  • E-mail:h.h.g.weltens@vu.nl
  • Unit:faculteit der letteren (taal en communicatie)
  • Position:University lecturer

Department of Language and Communication

Office hours: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays (subject to occasional variation)  

Curriculum Vitae

Research interests

Sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, language attriton and loss, language testing, research methodology.

Teaching (2006-now)

  • Academic skills: oral presentation and report writing
  • Pre-master language skills
  • Introduction to linguistics
  • Phonetics and phonology
  • Pedagogical grammar
  • Advanced Language Skills: Du-Eng translation and  business module


In the past I have been working on - in chronological order - language variation, intonation learning, language attrition and loss, language testing, the bilingual mental lexicon, Dutch/English bilingualism, and bilingual education. Now I am working on language proficiency testing again: I want to investigate how the levels defined in the Common European Framework can be operationalised. Together with dr. John H.A.L. de Jong, who moved to Pearson Language Tests in 2005,  I am supervising a Pearson-funded PhD project carried out by Rebecca Present-Thomas.

Publications (selection)


I coordinated an item bank project (2006-2010) within the Department of Language and Communication, which was aimed at developing exercises and testing tools for the languages represented in the Faculty of Arts, in particular for teaching academic English. 

As of old, I am also active within the Dutch Association for Applied Linguistics, Anéla, nowadays as editor in chief of the Anéla journal, Dutch Journal of Applied Linguistics.

As of 1 August 2008, I'm chairing the English section of CvE, the institution responsible for the final exams in Dutch secondary schools.

I spend most of my spare time on my two main hobbies: my motorbike and listening to what most people consider loud rock music, such as Nirvana, Nickelback and Rammstein, but also Bowie, Led Zeppelin, Roxy Music and Madonna. And I also like some of the (relatively) modern stuff such DJ Tiësto and Lady Gaga.


Ancillary activities

College van Examens

01 August 2008

Nederlandse Vereniging voor Toegepaste Taalwetenschap

31 March 2014
Last changes Ancillary activities: Amsterdam, 15 August 2014
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