LOT Education & Training
The graduate program in linguistics in the Netherlands has three main ingredients:
- specialized training programs such as EMLAR
- local courses and extracurricular activities offered by the LOT institutes
LOT institutes take turns in organizing the Winter School (in January) and Summer School (in June/July). The topics of the courses are determined by general considerations in accordance with the research topics of LOT, and the proposals made by the curriculum committee in collaboration with the organizing institute. The LOT schools are addressed to both PhD- en RM-students. Each Winter School special RM1 courses are organised for Research Master students who have started their study in the Fall preceding the Winter School. Those RM1 courses are primarily addressed to RM1 students but when places are left, RM2 and PhD students are welcome to participate too. More detailed information can be found on the last Winter School's webpage. RM1 students cannot follow the general courses, which are conceptualised for RM2 and PhD students.
EMLAR provides specific training in experimental methods for language acquisition research, and is organized yearly in Utrecht (in the spring).
The courses offered by the participating institutes are principally aimed at their own graduate students. However, these courses are also open to graduate students of the other LOT-institutes. The local courses are primarily aimed at filling gaps in the basic linguistic training and skills of the students, or at providing education which is typical for the character of the research at the institute/group. Moreover, other forms of education are offered such as individual training, participation in discussion groups, tutorials etc.
In addition, all institutes organize extra-curricular activities which are directly related to the research of the graduate students, such as colloquia in which senior and junior researchers discuss their work, participation in international conferences and workshops, and training in international summer schools.