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German is the language of our host community and holds an important place in the ICS curriculum. All students study German from Early Years up to Grade 10 and students can choose to continue German in Grades 11 and 12 if they wish. Students can study German as Language A (a mother tongue / academic language) or Language B (an acquired language).

By providing German instruction to all students we enable our students to benefit from, contribute to and play an active part in their local communities.

German starts in the Early Years. Students are introduced to German through listening to stories, singing songs and playing games. From Grade 1 upwards, students are grouped for German lessons. Students entering ICS have their level of German proficiency assessed before being put into the appropriate group.

German Language A (the programme for mother tongue German speakers) is offered in all Grades.

German in Early Years and Kindergarten

During lessons in Early Years 1 & 2 and Kindergarten, the children are introduced to German in age-appropriate ways including listening to stories, playing games and singing songs. Connections are made between German and the students' Units of Inquiry, and to the local community. These include a variety of trips and participation in local events and celebrations.

German as an Additional Language, Grades 1-5

This is a programme for those students who do not speak German at home. In this programme, children in each grade level are divided into ability groups. Students learn everyday vocabulary to enable them to interact with the local community. In addition, where relevant, aspects of the Units of Inquiry are incorporated into the German programme. In the higher age and ability groups, when students begin to use German as an academic language, written assignments and grammar become increasingly more important.

German as Home Language

Students in this programme follow an adapted curriculum for native speakers. Building on language competencies acquired in the English language classrooms, students deepen their understanding of formal aspects of German. Links to Units of Inquiry are frequently made to enhance student learning.

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Strubenacher 3 | Postfach | 8126 Zumikon | Switzerland
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