Systematic Language Support for German as a Secondary Language (DaZ)
in Kindergarten und Preschool

In addition to the general language support within the class, the kindergarten and preschool kids are having a methodical but play-based language support four times a week, 30 minutes each. Those lessons are taking place in small learning groups outside the child’s classroom inside a separate so called Kiga-DaZ-Room.

The learning groups are formed according to the level of German understood and spoken by the children – rather than their age. To ascertain their German level, all children undergo a formal language assessment called “LiSe-DaZ” at the beginning of each school year. Following the results small learning groups consisting of a maximum of six students are formed.

The contents of the German lessons themselves are based on two approaches that complement each other: “Spracherwerb” by Roger Loos focusses on receptive and productive vocabulary and its enhancements. The “Lernpfad”-concept by Dr. Zvi Penner emphasizes the rhythm of the German language as well as its grammatical rules.

With the help of the two observation-based evaluation instruments “SISMik” and “SeLdaK” we can gain quite a good understanding of the children’s language development as well as their interest and motivation in language in general.

The graph below shows the key elements of our language support system in place:

Despite all the theory behind our approach to support children to improve their abilities to speak German; learning German in a playful manner and encounter the German language in a fun way is – and always will be – paramount to us. During various activities we play, learn and laugh together.