Our Lateral entry programme in science lessons is for learners without German language skills
The International German School HCMC (IGS) has developed, introduced, and evaluated a language support programme for the lateral entry of pupils (SuS) without any knowledge of German.
It is aimed at students moving from other national and international education systems to grades 2 – 7 at the German School in the booming business metropolis of HCMC. This will give them the opportunity to start an apprenticeship or study in Germany or in German-speaking countries. Currently, 17 nations are registered at IGS SuS. In the past three years, 55% of SuS took part in the lateral entrants programme, 50% of them from Vietnam.
The special feature of the programme is that SuS participate in the profile focus – science teaching – immediately after the change to IGS and are fully integrated into all areas of everyday school life: The science lessons complement the language lessons conceptually; at the same time the children develop core competencies in the field of science.
The lateral entry programme is coupled on the side of academia with natural sciences/bilingual teaching conceptually by Professor Becker, currently DAAD Visiting Professor for Chemistry Methodology at the Ho Chi Minh City University of Education, with a research focus on bilingual learning in chemistry. (see also IGS News, 2017, p. 3)
Over 20 teacher training students from Germany and Vietnam were supported by IGS mentors over the last three school years to familiarise themselves with the special requirements of German as a Foreign Language (DaF/DFU) teaching at this German school abroad.
Digital learning and organisational media form an essential pillar of the lateral entry programme. Both in natural sciences and in the area of DaF/DFU, they enable a systematic development of competencies with a flexible structure in terms of: spatial/temporal structure of teaching, task character, autonomous learning pace and performance assessment.
To ensure a smooth implementation, IGS offers learners, teachers and parents an EdTech coach as well as a series of training courses and workshops in the areas of DaF/DFU and digitisation. These took place within the school or within the framework of the regional advanced training of the Central Office for Schools Abroad, via the DAAD, partly also in cooperation with the local Pasch schools (e.g. DSD Gold). Together with the PASCH schools, the IGS lateral entrants will jointly conduct the first DSD I exams in HCMC on the IGS campus in March 2018.