We offer classes for students aged 4 to 18.
Kindergarten class: Native speakers and non-native speakers are learning together to support immersion processes. The teaching approach is based on oral language; play, songs, nursery rhymes, games, art… The focus in this class is on cognitive, physical and social development of our students. Our teachers know how to be creative, patient and understand levels of early childhood development.
The curriculum is structured so that the themes we cover relate to seasonal and daily routines that the students are familiar with from their experience of the home and English School environments.
Foundation/Prep class: Students are supported in different ways to allow a focused teaching according to the needs of the different students.
The focus is still the development of the oral language skills. Grammar and vocabulary are taught in context and with meaningful tasks – hands on.
Grade 1 and 2: From the focus “oral language” the language development starts to progress more and more into written language. Grammatical structures are slowly introduced.
Grade 3 & 4: The teaching focus is a balanced approach of listening/speaking/writing/reading skills. Grammar and vocabulary are explicitly taught and discussed. Students practice German language in school situations, extending vocabulary, strengthening grammar skills, becoming increasingly proficient and confident in using the language. Lessons are based on the German curriculum and it offers students a language experience integrating oral language, reading and writing.
Grade 5 & 6: In this class setting the students are extending their knowledge of grammar and vocabulary to prepare them for the transition into secondary level.
Speaking and listening are of particular importance as they are central to the development of the child’s general language ability. Talk and discussion are encouraged in every curriculum area.
The approach to reading is based on integrated language experience. As their reading abilities develop, students read for pleasure and information, learn to locate and use books for a variety of purposes, develop the higher order comprehension skills and learn to read for both functional and social purposes.
The ability to write clearly and expressively is developed through the process of writing. Students have opportunities to write for a variety of purposes, for different audiences and in a range of genres. They develop the ability to self-correct their own writing through a consistent experience of drafting, editing and redrafting and develop a command of the conventions of grammar, spelling and punctuation, and progressively become independent writers.
Learning builds on concepts, skills and processes developed in earlier years, and teachers will revisit and strengthen these as needed. Students communicate with peers and teachers, practice using appropriate expressions. Students engage with a variety of texts for enjoyment. They listen to, read, view, interpret and evaluate spoken, written and multimodal texts.
Grade 7 & 8: At the lower secondary level, the students understand and use German, and are further developing their vocabulary and grammatical understandings within the world of teenage experience and topics of general interest relating to everyday life in German speaking countries. At the same time, students are beginning to reflect on the relationship of language and culture between German-speaking countries and Australia.
Grade 9 & 10: At the upper secondary level, students consolidate their understanding and use of German; their vocabulary and grammatical knowledge; and the micro-skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing, within the world of teenage experience and topics of general interest relating to everyday life in German-speaking countries. Students reflect on the relationship of language and culture between German-speaking countries and Australia.
Grade 11 & 12, VCE: The VCE years develop and extend the knowledge and understanding of language and culture acquired by the students in the previous years. In particular, more complex vocabulary, topics and grammatical concepts as well as writing conventions and text types are covered, preparing students for the required outcomes/SACs in Units 1-4.
Particular attention is given to the standards and requirements necessary to successfully pass the final VCE examination.
The content, structure and assessment required for Units 1-4 follows the course requirements as outlines in the VCAA VCE German study guide and the VCEE VCE assessment handbook.