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German Dual Language Program | Update & Open Houses

We are proud to announce that In September 2017 PS 17 will offer the first German Dual Language Program in a NYC public school! Children in Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten will benefit from this in the first year, and the goal is for the program to expand up to 5th grade with the possibility of  students continuing German Dual Language at MS 577.

The school is working very closely with the Department of Education, including the supportive team of the District 14 Superintendent, and a group of dedicated parents. The curriculum will be developed in close cooperation with the Goethe Institut, a non-profit German cultural association operating worldwide to promote the study of the German language abroad and foster cultural exchange and international relations.

Speaking German is not a prerequisite for entering the GDLP.  Anglophone as well as German speaking children will be taught in both German and English.  The purpose of this double immersion program is so that children will be bilingual and bi-literate within a few years.

Pre-K children will be taught mostly in English, though the German teacher will spend at least one hour a day with them to introduce them to the German language through songs, reading, or other activities.  Kindergarten children will spend most of the day with the German teacher, who will provide lessons in both languages.  A typical day of Kindergarten will have 7 periods, including lunch and recess, where the morning hours will be taught in one language and the afternoon will be taught in the other language.  Books and classroom materials will be available in both languages and will be color-coded so that children may make associations with the lessons in each language.

GDLP Mission Statement/ Philosophy:
“The mission of German Dual Language Program at PS17 in Williamsburg is to promote bilingualism, bi-literacy and high academic achievement in both languages, German and American English, while working towards an appreciation and integration of these two cultures. Working collaboratively with the school and family communities our goal is to prepare our bilingual and multicultural children to become lifelong learners, academically successful, socially responsible and competitive for worldwide career opportunities.

The benefits of speaking two or more languages at an early age are:

Bilingualism increases the mental flexibility in children and their overall cognitive performance. This is reflected in the flawless switching between different languages via association, the high scoring on verbal standardized tests and the excelling on math and logic skills.

Learning a second language also helps children build self-esteem, creativity and problem-solving skills.

Furthermore, bilingual children develop sensitivity toward other people, cultures and their traditions while maintaining a strong sense of their own identity.

Looking ahead to the future of these young bilingual children, students who are fluent in German and American English are more competitive for academic and career opportunities worldwide.

Speaking German is not a requirement for Anglophone parents. The German Dual Language Program welcomes all families interested in the German language and culture, regardless of their personal knowledge.”

Dates for our Open Hous Tours:
Monday, December 5, 2016 – 9:00am – 10:30am
Monday, January 9, 2017 – 9:00am – 10:30am
Monday, February 6, 2017 – 9:00am – 10:30am

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