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How to Strengthen Your Child's Mother Tongue: Language Enrichment Programme at GESS
Posted 01/11/2017 02:02PM


"How to Strengthen Your Child’s Mother Tongue: Language Enrichment Programme at GESS"  - 31st October 2017


It’s always a worry that your child may lose touch with their mother tongue after years abroad… fret not though, mama – GESS can help with their Language Enrichment Programme from Russian to Japanese, Italian and Dutch!

There’s so much culture and familiarity tied to one’s native language, not to mention how speaking one’s mother tongue can help kiddos preserve their identities while living abroad. So we know how worrying it can be to know that your child may not get the chance to speak their mother tongue or parent language when they’re in school, mama.

To encourage the use of your mother tongue, GESS has been running a unique Language Enrichment Programme (LEP) since 2015, intended to enable Primary School students to use their family languages beyond just the confines of home. Over 11 languages are offered in the programme, including Dutch, Danish, Russian, Japanese and Turkish among others. Not only will students build fluency in their home languages, but they’ll begin to better recognise and celebrate diversity across the school!

Taught by experienced teachers and facilitators at GESS, LEP is carried out by creating an immersive environment with the use of authentic language-focused activities to make students feel more comfortable with the language. Activities include interactive games, storytelling, arts and crafts, drama, music, cooking and more. For example, during an Italian language class, the teacher leads the students through a slime-making session and the students are required to follow the instructions in Italian. How immersive and fun does that sound!

The programme is offered as a weekly 90-minute language enrichment course, of which parents can select from a menu of course options and register online for the new academic year. GESS’s upcoming Dairy Farm Road campus has targeted facilities such as language pods and clusters with suitable spatial settings for languages to come alive. All the new facilities will continue to support the goal of having a well-rounded and authentic approach to language learning in GESS.

Want to know more about the LEP, new campus and other programmes at GESS, mama? Register for their upcoming Open House happening on 15 November now! You’ll get to discover the school’s curricular offerings (English IB Programme and German Curriculum), join a school tour and mingle with other parents and students, listen to expert talks, and get insights into the upcoming state-of-the-art campus opening in August 2018.

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IB Curriculum

The English speaking European Section of GESS is a fully fledged International Baccalaureate World School, and one of the few in the world who are authorised to deliver the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the Diploma Programme (IBDP).

Since opening in 2005, the European Section has grown rapidly to become a school with a reputation for quality education with a strong community feel. We now have over 600 students. The vast majority of our students are European passport holders, for whom GESS represents a vital connection with home. Students are thus provided with a safe, friendly and familiar environment in which they are challenged to thrive as they grow into independent and responsible global citizens.

Our academic and pastoral programmes are designed to support this demographic and ultimately to prepare our students for returning to Europe or for entry into European universities. To this end we endeavor to support mother tongue language acquisition so that our students do not lose this vital connection with their home culture. Fortunately, given the high entry requirements into European schools and colleges, this also means that our students are especially well prepared for study all over the world, particularly North America, the UK and Australia.

The Pre-School department provides education from 18 month to 6 years in either English or German. Children are placed in groups according to their age.


German Curriculum

Since the school was founded in 1971, the school has evolved into a school with two sections. As an accredited “Excellent German School Abroad”, the German Section of the German European School Singapore (GESS) offers all major German school leaving certificates. The European Section is an authorized IB World School offering education in English across all three IB programmes.

The German Section supports the students to develop their German roots. We give them wings for the linguistic demands of a globalized world through our differentiated English programme from grade 1 onwards. In secondary school some subjects are taught in English. Our students are benefitting from numerous bonding activities and have additional space to enjoy the internationality of the school.

Our Pre-School department provides education from 18 month to 6 years in either English or German. Children are placed in groups according to their age. 

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