The earlier the better: young children acquire new languages playfully and almost effortlessly.
Up to the age of about 9 years, children find it relatively easy and automatic to immerse themselves in a foreign language. As with their mother tongue, they acquire a new language without focussing on grammar or learning lists of vocabulary verbatim. At the IMS, we offer English as a second foreign language.
The immersion (“Sprachbad”) of language teaching.
Two teachers, two languages – this is the principle of immersion. It is the most successful way of learning a new language. To begin with, English is not a part of the lesson, but rather a tool for daily communication, either with their English-speaking teachers or classmates. The child decides how s/he learns by selecting from the foreign language input and organising the structure of the language her/himself.
From the third grade, lessons are taught partly in English.