Enabling your child to thrive in a globalised world

Our Kindergarten Dual Language Programme will open in August 2023, enabling children to fully immerse into our curriculum in English and German.

Benefit of dual language education

Bilingual education, in which students are taught in two different languages, has numerous benefits for early years and elementary students.

According to research, students in bilingual education programs outperform students in monolingual programs in both English and their second language. In other words, learning a second language can give students a real academic advantage.

The benefits of bilingual education go beyond just academics. Studies have shown that learning in a second language can improve children's problem-solving skills, critical thinking and creativity. Bilingual education can also have a positive impact on students’ overall sense of identity and self-esteem. Finally, it can also enhance their cultural understanding as they learn about and appreciate different customs and ways of life.

Primary Years Programme (PYP)

Bilingual education and the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) share a common goal of developing well-rounded, global-minded students who are equipped with the skills necessary to succeed in an increasingly interconnected world.

The PYP is designed to foster the development of a range of skills that are transferable across disciplines and contexts, and bilingual education can play an important role in developing many of these skills. These skills include; communication skills (listening, speaking, and presenting), social skills (such as cooperation and collaboration) and self-management skills (such as organisation and self-management).

By developing these skills through bilingual education and the PYP approaches to learning, students become more well-rounded and adaptable learners. They are better able to understand and navigate different cultural and linguistic contexts, and they are equipped with the tools they need to be successful in any learning environment.

How does it look in action?

In the academic year 2023 – 2024, we will begin with a dual language class in Kindergarten.

We will build in an additional class each year up until Grade 9. The lessons will be based on the international curriculum, but will be taught in German and English.

The split will broadly be as follows:
  • Maths, Science and Humanities will be delivered in German.

  • Drama, Music, Art and Physical Education will be delivered in English.

  • World Languages will be in either German or English. Students whose stronger language is English will study German and vice-versa.

My experience of the quality and integrity of the teachers at ISZN has been extremely positive. They are highly responsive to my daughter, academically excellent and promote an inclusive culture.

– ISZN Parent

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