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German as a Second Language (DaZ)

German Section

As linguistic skills are crucial for success in school and educational opportunities, scholastic language fostering provides systematic support for the linguistic development for children with a multi-lingual background. Fostering German as a second language is particularly important for children with a multilingual background and will be provided professionally preferably during the entire school period.

Since German as the school and educational language in the German section of our school is strongly focusing on the written form, language fostering in the second language aims to enable students to participate verbally and in writing in the increasingly demanding lessons.

DaZ should be a teaching principle, i.e. there must be a connection of linguistic and subject specific learning in all subjects.


Kindergarten and Preschool

In addition to the integrated language fostering the kindergarten and preschool children meet four times a week for 30 minutes in their small group in the separate Kiga-DaZ-space for systematic language fostering outside their own classroom.


Language Fostering from the 1st up to 5th Grade (Primary)

The language fostering in primary school takes place mainly in the class as part of the regular German lessons. For students with particularly high language fostering needs in German, the language fostering is provided mutually by the respective teachers of the other primary classes outside the classes during periods when they do not teach in their class and/or by additional language teachers.


Language Fostering from 6th up to 9th Grade (Secondary)

The language of instruction at the secondary level is German (except for foreign language lessons). The German lessons themselves are based on the Thuringian curricula for the secondary school as well as for the high school and on the school's internal curricula.

In addition, there is individual support (if necessary), for which an individual plan is created on a regular basis together with the parents in order to be able to respond to the needs of the child. Counselling and mentoring of students and parents is carried out by the respective teacher or the responsible specialist, in consultation with the DaZ coordinators.

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