Immersion principle for language development
Immersion is defined as becoming fully engaged with a language. In our German-English-speaking environment, children will learn both languages in a natural way, based on the mother tongue principle. This casual and natural way of linguistic development is one of the main differences to other learning methods of foreign languages, and, in our opinion, corresponds very well with Maria Montessori’s pedagogy.
Our everyday life presents sets ideal conditions for the development of a language. The communication is also supported by accompanying activities, just like it would be in the mother tongue, which provide the children with further valuable information.
The children learn by hearing, imitating and remembering.
In immersion teaching, language is not the only focus, but also the relevant subject. This is a decisive difference to the classical teaching of foreign languages, which aids the process of learning the language consciously, while the learning of a language by immersion teaching feels almost automatic.
Language development is not an isolated task, but ranges across the whole day with us.
In language development, we strive towards the following goals:
To awaken the joy and courage for languages
To expand vocabulary
To support communication
To strengthen the children’s self-esteem
To understand and implement rules
To encourage children to talk and ask questions
To support the children’s’ linguistic development in a playful way
To support the children’s’ linguistic understanding and expressiveness
To deepen the relationship between child and supervisor