Promoting Languages

Website-Text: Languages One of the Kindergarten's main roles is to establish the "dominant language" as the "first language" (L1) of the child's future school career.

"L1 must correspond to the mother tongue or dominant language, in the case of multi lingual children, the dominant being the one of which they have the best command. Should there be any dispute about the children's L1, it will be the director's responsibility to determine which language it is".[1]

It is vital that this begins before the Primary School so that peer group friendships can be established and the language needed for further learning can be introduced. The Kindergarten has four language sections: German, English, French and Spanish.

These languages have been or are being taught by mother tongue teachers in Kindergarten as SWALS (Students Without A Language Section) for a total of 150 minutes per week spread over 3-5 sessions :

  • Bulgarian
  • Czech
  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • Estonian
  • Finnish
  • Greek
  • Hungarian
  • Italian
  • Latvian
  • Lithuanian
  • Polish
  • Romanian
  • Swedish
  • Slovenian
  • Serbian

[1] General Rules of the European Schools,2014-03-D-14-en-4, Chapter VII, Article 47, paragraph e