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Mr C.J.M. (Camille) Welie MA

  • Faculty of Humanities
    Capaciteitsgroep Nederlandse Taalkunde
  • Visiting address
    P.C. Hoofthuis
    Spuistraat 134  Amsterdam
    Room number: 439
  • Postal address:
    Spuistraat  134
    1012 VB  Amsterdam

About myself

I was born in Maastricht and I lived there until I finished secondary school. After graduating high school, I spread my wings and moved to Amsterdam to study Psychology. I graduated with distinction (cum laude) for my Bachelor Psychology and my Master in Social Psychology. When I stayed in Italy for a while to learn Italian, I rediscovered my interest in language learning and especially second language learning. For this reason, after some work experience, I decided to enroll for the bachelor Dutch language and culture, and because of my interest in second language learning, I chose the master Dutch as a second language as a specialization; I finalized both programs with distinction (cum laude). Besides my PhD-project (described below) I love to teach Dutch to second language learners of Dutch (NT2), which I've been doing for several years. I also (co)lecture some courses at the department of Dutch Linguistics (see  the CV tab).

About my project 

I'm investigating if, and to what extent, several factors contribute to adolescent reading comprehension of expository texts and the relative contribution of these factors compared to the other ones. Furthermore, I'm also looking into possible differences between subgroups of readers (monolingual vs. bilingual and good vs. struggling readers) when explaining reading comprehension with these factors.The factors I’m looking into can be divided into several domains: fluency, knowledge, skills and engagement.

With respect to fluency, I'm measuring how fluent adolescents are in comprehending discrete sentences and detecting semantic errors in these sentences. Moreover, I'm measuring how fast students infer that a sentence connects or does not connect semantically to a previously read story (i.e. how fluent they are in proposition integration and comprehension monitoring) and whether text characteristics affect the fluency of this detection.

The knowledge components I’m investigating are vocabulary size, knowledge of connectives and metacognitive knowledge about text structure and reading and writing strategies. I’m also measuring how skillful students are in inferring relationships between sentences (i.e. microlevel of text comprehension) and between groups of sentences (i.e. macrolevel of text comprehension). Lastly, I'm investigating positive and undermining motivations towards reading expository texts.

Based on the results I will advise schools in their reading comprehension education. By doing this research, I hope to support teachers in meeting the reading comprehension needs of their students in secondary school.


Research interests:

Reading comprehension, Reading Fluency, Learning from Texts, Language Instruction (Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking, Vocabulary), Individual Differences in First and Second Language Acquisition, Learning and Motivation, Cognitive Processes in Reading and Writing, Language and Memory, Vocabulary Knowledge, Bilingualism and Multilingualism, Discourse Processing.


See my CV (attached) for: 

- positions

- education

- teaching experience

- grants /acquisition

- publications 



  • Welie, C. J. M., Schoonen, R., Kuiken, F., & van den Bergh, H. (2016). Expository text comprehension in secondary school: for which readers does knowledge of connectives contribute the most? Journal of Research in Reading. DOI: 10.1111/1467-9817.12090 [details]


  • Moeken, N., Kuiken, F., & Welie, C. (2015). SALEVO: Samenwerkend lezen in het Voortgezet Onderwijs. Amsterdam: Universiteit van Amsterdam. [details]
  • Moeken, N., Kuiken, F., & Welie, C. (2015). De effecten van ’samenwerkend lezen’ op de leesvaardigheid van 14/15-jarigen. In A. Mottart, & S. Vanhooren (Eds.), 29ste Conferentie Onderwijs Nederlands: Fontys Hogeschool Tilburg, 13 & 14 november 2015 (pp. 72-75). Gent: Academia Press. [details]


  • Moeken, N. (Author), Kuiken, F. (Author), & Welie, C. J. M. (Author). (2016). SALEVO. Samenwerkend lezen in het voortgezet onderwijs. Docentenhandleiding, docententraining, eindopdrachten, samenvatting, nakijkblad, rollenkaarten, strategiekaarten, werkblad en zeven instructiefilmpjes.. [details]
  • Moeken, N., Kuiken, F., & Welie, C. J. M. (2016). Samen werken aan een betere leesvaardigheid. Een vakoverstijgende aanpak voor samenwerkend lezen in het voortgezet onderwijs. Levende Talen Magazine, 103(8), 18-22. [details]
  • Moeken, N., Kuiken, F., & Welie, C. J. M. (2016). Samenwerkend lezen in het voortgezet onderwijs (SALEVO). Effectiviteit voor verschillende typen leerlingen. Levende Talen Tijdschrift, 17(2), 38-49. [details]


  • Moeken, N., Kuiken, F., & Welie, C. (2015). Samen lees je beter. Didaktief, 45(10), 36. [details]


  • Welie, C. (2014). Betere en gemotiveerdere lezers in het voortgezet onderwijs: een onderzoek naar leesonderwijs in de lessen Nederlands. Les, 32(189), 12-15. [details]


  • Welie, C. (2013). OTAW: opbrengst taalonderwijs Amsterdam-West. De opbrengsten van het taalonderwijs. Verslag schooljaar 2011-2012. Amsterdam: Universiteit van Amsterdam. [details]
  • Welie, C. (2013). Onderzoeksrapportage project OTAW: Taalvaardigheid in Amsterdam-West. Een analyse van leerlingachtergrond, taalonderwijs en lessen Nederlands. Amsterdam: Universiteit van Amsterdam. [details] [PDF]
  • Welie, C. (2013). Grammatica bij laagopgeleiden? Ja! Instructie over inversie bij laagopgeleide Nt2-leerders. Les, 31(184), 25-27. [details]

Keynote / invited lecture

  • Welie, C.J.M. (speaker), Schoonen, J.J.M. (speaker) & Kuiken, Folkert (speaker) (9-4-2016): The relationship between fluency of sentence integration and text comprehension in secondary school students’ reading., AAAL. Orlando.
  • Moeken, Niki (speaker), Kuiken, Folkert (speaker) & Welie, C.J.M. (speaker) (11-4-2016): Reading comprehension intervention in secondary school: Why only some readers benefit., AAAL. Orlando.


  • Welie, C. J. M. (2017). Individual differences in reading comprehension: A componential approach to eighth graders’ expository text comprehension Utrecht: LOT [details] [PDF]
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  • Camille Welie Taalonderwijs & Training
    Advies, lesgeven & materiaalontwikkeling voor Nederlands (als tweede) taalonderw

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