The German Bilingual Program provides students with the opportunity to acquire the basic skills for speaking, reading, writing, listening and communicating in both English and German at a young age. It is a program in which German and English are used as the languages of instruction, beginning in Kindergarten or Grade 1.
- Students entering kindergarten or Grade 1 can register.
- No previous knowledge of German is required for admission in Kindergarten or Grade 1.
- German language skills will be tested for later admission.
Benefits of Learning German
- Expands the intellect
- Teaches responsible citizenship
- Develops enhanced feelings of self-esteem due to pride in having acquired a tangible skill
- Strengthens English literacy skills
- Encourages the joy of lifelong learning
- Promotes exploration, understanding and appreciation of the cultures of the German-speaking world and contributes to multilingualism and multiculturalism
- Allows students to compete internationally
- Provides students with more choices for advanced education and career options
- Broadens students' cultural life through access to literature, art, music and theatre in another language
- Build fluency in both languages (English 50% & German 50%).
- Explore rich traditions and experience German culture first hand.
Benefits of the CBE German Bilingual Program
- Dedicated parents result in a high retention rate of students.
- In elementary, a 50/50 split in instructional time between English and German allows students to build fluency in both languages. Children learn to understand and respond appropriately in German in a range of everyday situations.
- At the end of Grade 6 students may take the A2 level Zentrale Deutschprüfung which is a Common European Framework Reference level proficiency exam. For more information on language credentials see Language Credentialing in the CBE. Students are able to repeat the exam again in junior high school.
- After Grade 9, students may take the B1 language exam, which may allow them to enter into 300 or 400 level German language courses at the university level, giving them the required language competency necessary for graduating with a BA.
- The Canadian and German government have a Memorandum of Understanding (Youth Mobility Program), which enables young workers to obtain working visas for Canada or Germany easily. If you already speak some German, it might be fun to work in Germany for a couple of years!