Liv Persson

Teaching assistant

+32 (0)9 264 40 98



  • present PhD candidate at Utrecht University
  • 2010 Master "Taal & Ontwikkeling", Utrecht University
  • 2008 Bachelor "Arts & Humanities", Roosevelt Academy, Middelburg


Research interests

  • second language acquisition, especially in childhood
  • input effects in language acquisition
  • statistics
  • acquisition of (English) morphosyntax



My research focuses on early foreign language learning in Dutch primary schools, more specifically, on four-year-olds' acquisition of English nominal and verbal morphology in minimal input situations with teachers of varying levels of foreign language proficiency.



2014 Unsworth, S., Persson, L., Prins, T. & De Bot, K.. “Early English in the Netherlands: the effects of quantity and quality of the input on early foreign language learning”.

2012 Persson, L. & Prins, T. Learning English inside and outside the classroom. In Nel de Jong, N., Juffermans, K., Keijzer, M. & Rasier, L. (Eds.) Papers of the Anéla 2012 Applied Linguistics Conference (pp. 3-12). Delft: Eburon.

2012 Persson, L. Engels voor kleuters: Een eerste verkenning naar de vormgeving van vroeg vreemdetalenonderwijs in Nederland. Levende Talen Tijdschrift, 13(2), 25-32.



2012 Unsworth S. & Persson, L. The Foreign Languages in Primary school project (FLiPP): Assessing Early English in the Dutch Primary School classroom. Gepresenteerd op the Workshop Language Education for Bilingual learners (Γλωσσική εκπαίδευση σε δίγλωσσους μαθητές), Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

2012 Persson, L. Evaluating input in the foreign language classroom: Assessing non- native speaker teacher proficiency. Gepresenteerd op the 22nd European Second Language Association conference, Poznan, Poland.

2012 Persson, L. & Prins, T. Early English language learning: What difference do home and school input make? Gepresenteerd op Language Across the Lifespan colloquium series, Groningen.

2012  Persson, L. Engelse les voor kleuters: welke rol speelt input? Gepresenteerd op Werkgroep over Taal, Vrije Universiteit Brussel.

2012 Persson, L. & Prins, T. The effect of out-of- school exposure on children’s foreign language learning. The 13th International Conference on Language and Social Psychology, Leeuwarden.

2012 Prins, T. & Persson, L. Evaluating the Interaction Between Age and Amount of Input and Their Effect on the Development of English Proficiency in Primary School Children. TABU 2012, Groningen.

2012 Struys, E. & Persson, L. What neurolinguistic studies can contribute to the debate on age effects in SLA. Gepresenteerd op the 22nd European Second Language Association Conference, Poznan, Polen.

2012 Persson, L. Receptive vocabulary and grammar development in young foreign language learners of English: the role of input quantity and quality at school. Gepresenteerd op Language Acquisition Seminar, Utrecht.

2011 Persson, L. Language Learning in the 21st century: Foreign Language Acquisition through informal language contact at home. Gepresenteerd op EuroSLA 21, Stockholm, Zweden.

2011 Persson, L. Foreign Language Acquisition in Preliterare Children Through Incidental Language Contact. Gepresenteerd op Younger=Better? conference, Newcastle University.

2011 Persson, L., De Bot, K., Reitsma, S. & Unsworth, S. Evaluating early English language learning in Dutch primary education. Gepresenteerd op ISB 8, Oslo.

2011 Persson, L. Input and Receptive Second Language Development. Gepresenteerd op Universiteit Leuven.

2011 Persson, L. Morfosyntactische verwerving van het Engels door jonge successieve vreemde-taalleerders. Gepresenteerd op Taalkunde in Nederland- dag 2011, Utrecht.

2011 Persson, L. Taal leren in de 21ste eeuw: Buitenschools taalaanbod. Gepresenteerd op Taalkunde in Nederland-dag 2011, Utrecht.

2011 Persson, L. Input revisited: language acquisition and input inside and outside of the classroom. Gepresenteerd op Experimental Linguistics Talks Utrecht, Utrecht.

2011  Persson, L. Instructed and incidental language learning in Dutch EFL schools. Gepresenteerd op the Uiltjesdagen, Utrecht.