Bilingual Early Learning
At our FROEBEL Early Learning Centres, we strongly focus on child-specific and age-appropriate early language 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 their linguistic abilities, language awareness and multicultural awareness.
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 language.
Our German-speaking educators consistently work and speak with the children in German whilst their English-speaking colleagues do the same in their language (‘One person – One language’). Being immersed all day every day German becomes an integral, natural part of the children’s life at FROEBEL. They get familiar with the language melody and learn it in a very playful way, following the same principles as the learning of their first language. The older children use the experience they recently gained in mastering their primary language, and therefore abilities they already possess and develop.
All experiences and activities at our Early Learning Centres are conducted either in English or German. The language immersion is supported through children’s songs, scientific exploration, games, use of media, as well as specific design of some of the display in both English and German. Our educators support their communication with children through mimics, gestures and repetition/daily routines.
If you and your family move from a German speaking country to live in Australia FROEBEL will give your child the perfect start to a successful integration. Feeling comforted by hearing their familiar language and being exposed to English as their second language and introduced to Australian customs and traditions they will soon become experts in bilingualism and feel at home in both languages and cultures.
TED talk with Patricia Kuhl: The linguistic genius of babies
A fascinating TED talk with Patricia Kuhl, renowned codirector of the Institute for Brain and Learning Sciences at the University of Washington: The linguistic genius of babies can be viewed here.
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).