Our classes are structured according to age and language background. Depending on their knowledge and whether German is the language spoken at home, students learn German either as a second or as a foreign language and are divided into two streams throughout the entire program:
German stream / German as a second language
Students understand and speak German effortlessly and follow our adapted version of the German literacy core curriculum of Thuringia, which is used by all German Schools abroad.
English stream / German as a foreign language
Students learn German as a foreign language based on the “Daf-Rahmenplan” – the official curriculum developed by the Standing Committee of the German Ministers of Culture and Education. It is based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
We recommend registration in Kindergarten or grade 1. Older students must be able to read and write in German at an adequate level in order to join their peers.
We teach all aspects of the German language in speaking, reading, writing and listening comprehension. Students are prepared to communicate effectively in German, use correct grammar, appropriate vocabulary, standard spelling and correct pronunciation. In addition, cultural, geographical and historical aspects of all German speaking countries (Germany, Switzerland and Austria) form an integral part of both curricula.
Students have the opportunity to work toward receiving high school credits for second language German 11 and German 12.
Furthermore, our classes prepare for the Accredited German Language Certificate Examinations on different levels (please refer to overview on DSD).