Dual Immersion Elementary Classes – Kindergarten to 4th Grade
The Language concept for Elementary classes is based on the Principle of the Dual Immersion Method. This is also known as the one person – one language approach. Each teacher speaks in either English or German to the children. Students learn to associate the teacher with the language and language learning happens in a spontaneous and playful way.
Each school day is split and separated into two languages: English and German. Contemporary research shows that the early onset of dual-language instruction promotes the overall cognitive (mental) development.
The Educational Concept
German ISD offers a state-equivalent School program based on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Elementary Classes (TEKS) standards. The program complements the full immersion approach of the German ISD Preschool and Pre-K classes with a German-English bilingual curriculum for children ages 5 to 10 years, in order to ensure continuity with the instruction in the Texas early Elementary grades.
The dual-language immersion program is designed for students with German as either a first or second language, with the goal to learn two languages without one language replacing the other. A team of two certified teachers per class room – one of which is a native German and the other a native English speaker – will lead the program.
The program provides a range of benefits above and beyond traditional non-bilingual school programs through the connection of our native-speaking German teachers and native-speaking English teacher. It entails academic concepts such as literacy, science, mathematics, movement, artistic, and musical activities. Our goal is for children to develop the essential skills that build the foundation for lifelong learning within positive social and emotional experiences. The program will facilitate learning using children’s natural curiosity, imagination and thinking skills.
German ISD’s curriculum is designed for a child to achieve maximum growth as a learner. In addition to acquiring the skill set of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Elementary (TEKS), German ISD students regularly achieve above-average levels of academic proficiency due to the benefits of growing up and learning in a bilingual environment.