Successful learning across two languages

Extended opportunities for my child

Numerous scientific studies have shown:

The early introduction of foreign languages help promote greater mental development. Learners develop creative methods when finding solutions to specific problems. Students learn to think flexibly and to seek alternative solutions-think outside of the box.

Learners are able to express themselves with more clarity and empathize more with individuals who do not share their same confidence with the language. Our learners develop their second language skills via the successful and committed implementation of the immersion method.

Language success is ensured through the immersion method

From pre-school to grade 4, the students in the English-speaking classes are taught all subjects (except German) by "native speakers" who communicate with your child continuously in English.

However, your child can speak to their teacher in their native language, especially when they need to share a personal thought or concern.

Within just a short space of time, each child begins to develop the confidence to trust their understanding of English and to begin to make progress. 

Bilingualism from grade 5

Beginning from grade 5 through to grade 13, our learner’s educational focus is centered on bilingual language instruction within the subjects of social sciences and natural sciences. Bilingualism within the subjects of geography, history, and biology, is focused on teaching the subject content of the subjects, not the language.

The aim of bilingual subject instruction is to improve general subject language competence for the respective subject and to enrich each student’s English learning via new and meaningful contexts.

The basis of our bilingual school programme is the immersion method

Immersion means something like "language bath". The new language is the language of communication and instruction. Everything in the new language is reinforced and explained at the beginning through pointing and pictures.

At first they understand, then gradually they begin to speak - playfully. Children are introduced to the language free of pressure. They lose their shyness and use the new language with fun.

Cambridge English

The increasing internationalization of the education and job market in a globalized world requires students to speak English fluently as a central key qualification. Secure language skills help open opportunities for people in their personal development, at school and at work.

As a certified Cambridge English Preparation Centre, we offer students the opportunity to obtain the Cambridge Certificate for English.

Are there disadvantages for mother tongue language development?

The mother tongue is so strong that it continues to develop normally outside of school. Because children transfer their knowledge of languages to the mother tongue, they sometimes even surpass their peers in mother tongue competence.

Do parents need to speak the new language themselves?

Immersion learning does not require any special talent. It is suitable for all children. Parents do not need to speak English themselves, although we actively encourage families adopting a ‘side by side’ learning partnership where the parents get to enjoy supporting their child as partners and learning a new language together.