As a German school abroad with an international focus, we attach great importance to exceptionally high standards in language tuition from Kindergarten through to Abitur. This is why languages feature prominently on the DISDH curriculum. Many of our pupils have a bilingual or multilingual background: as a result a rich linguistic diversity prevails at the school and also enriches our lessons. Our pupils benefit from learning languages not just from books but also from communicating with each other. They know that language is key to mutual understanding because they live and learn every day with a multitude of languages. Bilingual German-English lessons from Grade 8 also ensure that the level of English amongst our pupils is especially high. Our Gymnasium pupils then take the International High School Diploma (DIA), which places a special emphasis on English.
Languages are not only taught in lessons at DISDH, they also play an important role outside the classroom. Our school fosters extensive collaboration with Dutch and European institutions and supports regular exchanges with other international schools. This means our pupils develop strong language skills and a lively relationship to foreign languages.
Pupils also have the opportunity to systematically improve their language skills in our co-curricular activities. They can join language activity groups and participate in the Model United Nations (MUN). Pupils from Grade 8 can prepare for these global conferences in our regular Model United Nations Club which takes place in English. Here, they learn to hold presentations in front of a large audience.
Our pupils also have the chance to obtain internationally recognised qualifications such as the Cambridge Exams for English, DELF for French, NT2 for Dutch or Certilingua, a European certificate for languages and cultural awareness.