Competence for Children

Bilingual Early Learning

We strongly focus on immersive bilingual early learning. Language has a critical period for learning. Studies show that babies and children are geniuses at acquiring a second language until they turn 7, and then there is a systematic decline. FROEBEL ensures that your child gets a head-start in her/his linguistic abilities, tolerance and multicultural awareness.

Native German-speaking educators and their English-speaking colleagues work and speak with the children in their respective mother tongue (“One person – One language”). Thus, every child is immersed in a 2nd language on a daily basis, gets familiar with the language melody, and learns it in a playful way without the need for "language classes".

The learning of the new language follows the same principles as the learning of the child's first language. The older children use the experience they recently gained in mastering their primary language, and therefore abilities they already possess and develop.

The successful acquisition of a language is more than just the learning of words, grammar and pronunciation. Language means knowing and understanding. Language enables us to communicate and to become part of a community. Early language learning is ideally embedded in a holistic concept of speech and language development. Children learn a language most successfully when it is part of everyday situations and when it can be acquired in the same way as their first (native) language.

This is what our teachers implement at our bilingual early learning centres. The new language is introduced by native German-speaking educators who use their language consistently in everyday situations, and make the language an integral, natural part of the children’s day at FROEBEL. All activities, such as daily routines, are conducted either in English or German. Your child learns the language in a very playful way, through children’s songs, games, use of media, as well as specific design of the interiors in both English and German. Our educators support their communication with the children through mimics, gestures and repetition/daily routines.

FROEBEL’s approach is a child-specific and age-appropriate method of early language learning.

Did you know...

... that German is one of the world’s major languages and the most widely-spoken first language in the European Union, with up to 98 million native speakers? It is an official language of the European Union. In Australia, some 110,000 people speak German. Around the world, German is spoken by approximately 105 million native speakers and also by about 80 million non-native speakers. German is the second most common language used in the internet and the third most common language on the international book market (28% of all books published are in German).

A fascinating TED talk with Patricia Kuhl, renowned co-director of the Institute for Brain and Learning Sciences at the University of Washington: The linguistic genius of babies
Watch our bilingual concept in motion - here at our early learning centre “Stepping Stones” in Berlin (with English subtitles)