German for schools

For all First Schools and Primary Schools language teaching is part of the curriculum. Usually French or occasionally Spanish are the first foreign languages but hardly find German for schools. As a French and German teacher, I find this surprising from a linguistic point of view since for many children, German is so much easier to start with due to its similarities to English (please see below words which are the same – cognates – or very similar – near cognates).

Deutsch (German) Englisch (English)
Busbus
Fingerfinger
Handhand
Haushouse
Mausmouse
Gartengarden
Knieknee
Katze cat
Bienebee
Elefantelephant
Sonnesun

Primary Languages Days

As a Primary School Teacher, I have taught French and German from Nursery up to Year 6 and also organized various Primary Languages Days on various topics to entice children to learn languages.

Why is German for schools a good idea? Children love German because they say the letters they see and find out that many German words are the same or nearly the same as in English. They can see success very quickly! In after school or lunch time clubs children get a taste of German through music, dance, books, games, film or by using puppets! This might give them the incentive to pursue German at a later stage which long-term is a brilliant career choice!

I am DBS checked and my Safeguarding Training is up to date. Please get in touch, if I can assist your school or nursery with German tuition or the organization of Primary Languages Days!

Susanne’s outstanding contribution in Junior School has impacted greatly to the provision of MFL in our curriculum. Her lessons are always well planned. Resources are always of a high quality and are used to enhance lessons. The pupils enjoy their lessons with Susanne as they are creative and fun. The pupils are challenged and supported when appropriate. Classroom management is excellent; pupils behave extremely well in her lessons as they are always involved participating in something which stimulates or interests them.

Angela Charlton, Head of Junior School, Newcastle High School for Girls