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

  • Telephone:+31 20 59 82826
  • Room nr:13a00
  • E-mail:h.h.g.weltens@vu.nl
  • Unit:fac. der geesteswetenschappen ( taal,lit.&comm. )
  • Position:University lecturer

Department of Language and Communication

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

Research interests

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

Teaching (2006-now)

  • Academic skills: Oral presentation and report writing
  • Introduction to linguistics
  • Language variation and change
  • Phonetics and phonology
  • Pedagogical grammar
  • Advanced English Language Skills: Du-Eng translation and business module
  • Academic English


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. 

From 2010 to 2014 I was general editor of the Anéla journal, Toegepaste Taalwetenschap in Artikelen, that went digital and international in 2012 under the new name Dutch Journal of Applied Linguistics.

As of 1 August 2008, I'm chairing the English (havo/vwo) committee of CvTE, the institution responsible for the final exams in Dutch secondary schools. Since May 2014 I'm also chairing the CvTE committee developing an adaptive diagnostic English test for all levels of Dutch secondary education. These activities (and other fun projects that find me) are carried out through my own business, the Language Experts.
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 and Rammstein, but also Bowie, Led Zeppelin, Roxy Music and Madonna. And I also like some of the (relatively) modern stuff, such as Snow Patrol and P!nk.


Ancillary activities

College van Examens

01 augustus 2008
Last changes Ancillary activities: Amsterdam 13 november 2015
© Copyright VU University Amsterdam
Go directly to: