Interdean, professionals in international removals, reviews the rising trend of bilingual education in Germany.
An ever increasing number of German-based schools are changing how students learn languages by introducing English and Deutsch from day one. The method is yielding a great deal of attention and impressive academic results.
Selected nurseries in the German education approach learning in both English and German languages. These schools are private but have an edge over public school where you will have to wait until the fifth or sixth grade before they are introduced to English language.
English, as well as German, is taught by native speakers at many of these schools. The aim is to integrate bilingualism into their learning from the early stages, making it easier when they reach primary and secondary ages. In many public schools, learning English and German is like living in two different worlds. Children at these bilingual nurseries are immersed right from the very start.
These schools have appeared to increase in popularity over the past decade. This seems to collate with the increasing number of expatriates living in Germany. These international families often want schools that teach both languages from an early age.
Not all students start from a nursery level. Many expatriates move to Germany at short notice to take up a new job and need to find the ideal environment for their children, many of whom have previously been in an English school and have no knowledge of German.
Each of these private schools has an admissions counsellor and a dedicated team of teachers who test potential students before they can begin. They often offer special assistance for those children who do not yet have a base in two languages.
These schools also tend to have a ‘whole-day’ system. Classes finish at 3pm, but students are given the option to remain till 6pm participating in after-school programmes like art, sport and music. Class sizes are small, and school uniform is often required.
As experts in international relocation, Interdean is always interested in educational news that may prove useful to expatriates. A spokesperson from the company stated: ‘Bilingual nurseries may be the ideal form of education for expatriate children.
‘For parents who are worrying about their child’s integration into the German education system, this could be the ideal solution. Teaching children multiple languages is an effective way of making them feel they belong to both their home and host cultures from an early age.
‘If expatriate parents are considering private education for their children, then considering a bilingual pre-school could provide a whole range of benefits. Your child will be able to make friends quickly with children who speak both English and German in an intimate setting, helping them settle into their new home in no time at all.’
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