Discover Germany | Special Theme | Top International Schools 2018
Bilingual into the future The SIS Swiss International Schools place their educational focus on bilingualism. By following the very successful immersion method, which invites children to dive headfirst into the foreign language, students learn a second language in a playful and completely natural way. They are immersed in an environment where only the foreign language is used. All teachers are generally native speakers and support their students from kindergarten to primary and secondary school. TEXT: MARILENA STRACKE I PHOTOS: SIS SWISS INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
The very first SIS school was founded in Basel back in 1999. The concept of this bilingual school proved to be extremely successful, resulting in the founding of 16 SIS all-day schools in Switzerland, Brazil and Germany. Currently more than 3,600 local and international students enjoy a bilingual education at SIS schools.
German Abitur or the Swiss Matura. Additionally, senior students can also choose to prepare for the International Baccalaureate (IB). The demanding combination of national qualification and the IB Diploma Programme is rarely offered in the German-speaking countries and is a true speciality of SIS schools.
All SIS schools comprise kindergarten and primary school, and most of them also offer a complete education up to the
“In order to acquire a new language perfectly, the children learn the foreign language using the immersion method,” explains SIS
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Group CEO Ambros Hollenstein. “Immersion is one of the most effective ways to acquire a new language and means a student is fully immersed in the foreign language. Our teachers, who are native speakers or perform at a near native competency level, do not only speak in their mother tongue during lessons but also in the schoolyard, during lunch and events, or on trips.” Hollenstein adds: “In the primary school there is always a German speaking and an English speaking teacher working closely together to deliver half of the classes in English and half in German. In secondary school a subject is taught either in German or English for at least one year before it is swapped with the other language. Again, this means that overall half of the curriculum is taught in German and half in English.”
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