German English Bilingual School

German English Bilingual School from Deutsche Schule Melbourne

By: Deutsche Schule Melbourne  16-Aug-2011
Keywords: German English Bilingual Primary School

Based on the highly successful Canadian early immersion primary school model, children at DSM are immersed in both English and German from their first day of school onwards. Similar to the acquisition of language from birth, they learn the two languages in a playful, secure and supportive environment. Our trained immersion teachers speak to the children exclusively in their mother tongues and the children are free to respond in whichever language they prefer. Children at DSM learn to read and write in German and English concurrently. In Prep and Year 1, 80-90% of classes are taught in German. By Years 6, the proportion of English increases to 50%. In Years 11 and 12 students prepare for their bilingual International Baccalaureate, which involves testing in English and German. This approach to literacy and early immersion education repeatedly results in near-native or native written, analytical and spoken competencies in both languages.

Keywords: German English Bilingual Primary School

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