What is immersion?
Immersion (English to immerse = to submerge or absorb) also known as a language bath, is a method to practice a foreign language by applying it in a fully natural way to the activities of the environment. The concept clarifies the principle: the child plunges into a world where everything happens in another language. Successful foreign language advancement means using the understanding of the international language promotion:
- as early as possible
- as intensively as possible
- as naturally as possible
- as motivating as possible
What experiences occur with immersion?
Immersion is world-wide the most effective and thoroughly investigated language learning and teaching method. Immersion is built into kindergartens, primary schools and further leading schools. Kindergartens work immersively when a part of the activity is offered in the foreign language. In immersion schools at each time a part of the school curriculum (up to 90%) is offered in the foreign language. There have been immersion programs for more than 40 years, especially in North America, Australia and Asia; in Europe most notably in Scandinavia, France and Spain. In Germany one finds immersive instruction, especially the so-called bilingual (two language) branches of the secondary schools, where a minimum of two or three subjects are shared in a foreign language. In the curriculum orientation of more primary schools in Germany, English instruction becomes increasingly thematic (=immersive) as units of the main subjects are completely integrated in the foreign language. Completely immersive bilingual primary schools in Germany are, until now, seldom found.
Source: German Institute for Immersive Learning
What does immersive foreign language instruction mean?
In all instructional subjects English is spoken (except the subject German). The students learns the language like a native speaker learns it. Through continual review students acquire the new language unknowingly. Learning content and language promotion benefit each other.
The students of our Primary Schools, Middle Schools, High Schools and Vocational High School learn English as the first foreign language and in addition to that, the regular curriculum of each subject is taught in English. Therefore the English vocabulary and knowledge of our students is expanded in a variety of topics.
English has become the world-wide common language. Language promotion begun early enables further schooling in yet another language. Through this learning one prepares up to class 4 in the English language, and can then immediately from class 5 begin learning a second foreign language.
Does one need a foreign language?
We are educating the children for the future. The global development of business and many other fields makes language a compulsory requirement.
Language learning is a great chance for your child!
Can my child manage that?
Scientific examinations have revealed that every healthy child in the younger years can learn a foreign language without problems.
The use of conceptual methods, the inclusion of computers and many other teaching and learning materials lead us to successful learning.
Does immersion neglect the acquisition of the native language?
One can answer this with an absolute no. The acquisition of languages betters the feeling for languages and improves knowledge of the connection between languages.
What distinguishes the Saxony International Schools from other schools?
- Through small class size we concrete the entire content of the curriculum and even more, fulfilling this to a high standard.
- In spite of the English instructional language, the special content as well as the foreign language is overcome with good to very good results.
- Through goal-directed requirements there is no learning backslide (also due to illness) to note.
What results have we reached in previous years with the educational concept of our schools?
- No mental overload through the instruction language English
- Effortless acquisition of the English language
- Good to very good results achieved by children in all subjects
- Traceable positive development of self confidence and communication skills
- Individual response to strengths and weaknesses attributable to smaller class size
- Guaranteed curriculum fulfilment despite English language
- arrangement of comprehensive additional help is possible