Language - the Gateway to the World
Multilingualism is central to the TES. Besides Mandarin or German, many of the children speak English or one or more languages in their families. Bi- or multilingual children as well as German-speaking children should feel at home. The learning of one’s mother tongue is as valuable to us as learning a new language.
At the German School Taipei a consistent language acquisition concept has been developed, which ensures targeted language support from kindergarten onwards.
How is Language Support Given?
In addition to everyday integrated language support in the individual groups, additive language support takes place for 20 minutes three times a week. The children are supported in small groups of about 4 to 6 students. The additive language support takes place in a separate room with Kon-Lab, “Kikus” support material, preliminary course to the” DaZ-Box”, language games and the use of other supplementary materials.
The children’s linguistic progress is recorded in regular meetings of the German as a Second Language ( DaZ ) team, which currently consists of three teachers. The language development is checked at certain intervals. The results are documented and used as a basis for creating language sets.
The DaZ teachers inform the parents at regular intervals about the learning contents and main focus of the DaZ work. At the beginning of the school year, an information evening will be held. The parents receive a handout with information on how to best support their child.