Subject German at St. Kilian’s
St. Kilian’s German School is an Irish school and also a member of the network of 140 German Schools Abroad, which are supported and subsidised by the German Government Agency, the ZfA. The subject German therefore plays an important role in our school. Pupils study German at a standard that is not available in any other Primary or Secondary School in Ireland. Students are not required to know any German if they enter St. Kilian’s German School in Primary School, 7th class (1st year) or – numbers permitting – in 10th class.
German in Kindergarten/Vorschule (Junior/Senior Infants)
- In Kindergarten/Vorschule (Junior & Senior Infants) both German and English are spoken in the classroom. All class teachers are fluent German speakers and communicate in German as much as possible.
- There is no separation of native speakers (DM) and non-native speakers (DF) at this stage – this occurs from 1st class on.
- Learning how to speak a foreign language works best in an environment in which this language is actually spoken. This is why German is often spoken to build the children’s vocabulary so they have a strong base before they enter 1st class.
- On average, about 25% of Kindergarten children are native German speakers.
German in Primary School
- Students who enrol later than 1st class and do not speak any German are expected to attend additional support classes for German (from class 2 on).
- German classes are offered at different levels: for non-native speakers (DF) and native speakers (DM).
- Sachkunde is an additional subject taught through German in classes 1-4 to all pupils. Projekt Deutsch is taught to all pupils in Class 5 and to DF pupils in Class 6.
- Art is taught through German throughout Primary School.
- As of the school year of 2015/2016 we offer a German Curricular Stream (Gymnasialer Bildungszweig). This means that eligible native and non-native German speaking students from class 5 on are prepared for the German Mittlerer Schulabschluss while continuing with the Irish Primary School curriculum.
- Students in the German Curricular Stream are taught through German in the following subjects: Mathematics (3 periods/week), Biology (2 periods/week). From class 6 on the subject History (2 periods/week) is also taught through German.
German in the Secondary School
- Students receive enhanced German lessons and more periods of German than in a typical Irish school.
- All students of St. Kilian’s are prepared for Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate. They also have the opportunity to sit a Bilingual Leaving Certificate.
- There is also an opportunity to sit the Sprachdiplom exams (level 1 and 2) of the German Kultusministerkonferenz (Level A2-C1 European Framework for Language Competence). By passing these exams, students achieve a level of German language proficiency that is above the level of the Leaving Certificate and satisfies the language requirement to study at a German university. Students who started to learn German in St. Kilian’s in first year can also sit these exams.
- We also offer a German curricular stream. This means that suitable children will not only sit the Irish Junior and Leaving Certificates, but are also prepared for a German Mittlerer Schulabschluss and they qualify for entry into the gymnasiale Oberstufe in Germany.
- German lessons are offered at various levels in each year group for beginners, advanced learners and for students who participate in the German curricular stream.
- Depending on the curricular stream the individual student follows, certain subjects will be taught through German. All students will be taught through German for the project course History and Literature. This course is offered at all proficiency levels including beginners.