Speech & Language
Our team consists of native German speakers and will exclusively communicate in german language with the children.
- No prior german language skills are required, for children entering in Pre-KG Language is our most important means of communication.
- In order to support the children in learning the German language in the best possible way, we offer additional “German as a Foreign Language” (DaF) lessons.
- This is integrated into the daily group routine or takes place in separate small groups. For more information please see our download option “DAF”.
DaF lessons in the kindergarten and are taught in small groups of maximum 7 children. The teachers have developed a curriculum for each of the three kindergarten years. They work with the programs “KIKUS” and “Deutsch für den Schulstart”.
- The children receive weekly homework with bilingual vocabulary lists (English, German).
- Parents are encouraged to help the children with their homework. Even those who do not speak German can promote the child’s first language, which is beneficial for second language acquisition.
- In addition, the “DaF Event” will take place within the first quarter. There the structure of the language courses is explained and there is also information about homework.
- All DaF 1/2/3 children receive the so-called “DaF Summer Holiday Booklet” at the end of the school year. In this booklet, the contents that have been learnt again are repeated and serve to consolidate them.
It also contains a “media recommendation list”, which refers to appropriate websites and apps for the age group. In addition, all teachers of the kindergarten took part in an advanced training course on “Promoting German in everyday kindergarten life” in August 2018 and have been implementing the principles ever since. The contents of this training are regularly multiplied for new teachers.
The language of communication in the kindergarten is German. The staff are kindergarten teachers with German as their first language.
Transitions and diagnostics
- In order to support the students in the best possible way, it is important to carry out regular diagnostics.
- At the transition from the first kindergarten year to the second year and from the second kindergarten year to pre-school, the basic procedure of Diagnostik Deutsch für den Schulstart is applied in order to divide the children into groups according to their support needs and to provide them with optimal support.
- In addition, there are recorded handover discussions between the DaF teachers.
- In the middle of the first half of the school year, all children who receive instruction in the pre-school DaF are tested for their ability to attend school in the linguistic sense using the diagnostic procedure of “Deutsch für den Schulstart”.
- Afterwards, if necessary, parental discussions are held in order to optimize the promotion of the German language until school entry.
In primary school, students with increased support needs receive additional DaF instruction in small groups of up to 8 students. Consultation and exchange with the class teachers about performance and behavior is given and especially important in the first two school years. A spiral curriculum developed by the teachers is used, which builds on the curriculum of the kindergarten.