“Students cannot sufficiently understand the structure of a text, which makes studying difficult. In addition, first-year students find it increasingly difficult to distinguish between formal and informal language use. They often no longer know the difference between language in a professional context and in a chat”, said language policy coordinator An De Moor.
The vocabulary of first-year students is also decreasing. “Many students do not seem to know the meaning of words such as empathy or flow,” added De Moor. These results are ‘alarming’ due to the direct link with their chances of success, she added.