expatliving.sg & pdf - 28th July 2017
Many parents don’t anticipate how difficult it is for children to hang on to their home language as the school language gradually dominates. Why should they persevere?
“Maintaining fluency in family languages is vital: not only does it help to anchor a child’s sense of identity as they move around the globe, it also ensures they maintain ties with family, and eventually study or work in their countries of origin. Surprisingly, there is a strong correlation between maintaining fluency in family languages and academic success in an additional language. So, it’s really worth the effort.”
What to expect: German and English are core languages at GESS and are offered at multiple levels of proficiency from preschool to Grade 12. All primary school students have the opportunity to attend Language Enrichment Programmes, joining fun, activity-centred groups supporting ten languages: Swedish, Portuguese, Spanish, French, Italian, Mandarin, Japanese, Turkish, Danish, Russian and Korean. From Grade 6, students choose from French, Mandarin and Spanish. In the European Section at GESS, students can study Danish or Dutch as mother tongue in both primary and secondary school.
72 Bukit Tinggi Road (Kindergarten and Secondary School)
300 Jalan Jurong Kechil (Pre-Primary and Primary School)
6461 0881 | gess.sg