Dutch Language and Culture in secondary education – integrated

Dutch-language students at the German European School Singapore (GESS) have the option of taking Dutch as part of the teaching schedule at GESS. LanguageOne Singapore’s integrated curriculum for students in secondary education is geared towards admission to Dutch, Flemish and international education and preparation for Dutch exams.

LanguageOne has developed a new Dutch curriculum that follows the curricular requirements of the International Baccalaureate® (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP), thus meeting the core objectives of the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and the Reference Levels for language. Our approach mainly emphasises learning to use the Dutch language. Your children will carry out meaningful language and culture-related tasks in a way that resonates and connects with their world and that will facilitate possible repatriation to the Netherlands or Flanders.

The teaching is thematic and distributed across so-called units. A unit is a set of lessons about a specific theme that will be treated over the course of a number of weeks. The units cover various skills such as reading, writing, speaking and listening around a (cultural) theme. Your children will carry out meaningful language and culture-related tasks in a way that resonates and connects with their world and that will facilitate a possible repatriation to the Netherlands or Flanders. Each unit is rounded off with an assessment.

Examinations

Our students take 4 to 5 hours per week of Dutch A, completely integrated into the Middle Years Programme (MYP) or Diploma Programme (DP) of GESS. We offer coaching for sitting the CNaVT examination or British A Level examinations. However, A Level examinations will be offered for the last time in the summer of 2018.

In practice: Unit Living abroad

Our students work on their literary skills. They will explore the question of whether living abroad influences their personal development. The students will read the book Heimwee naar hagelslag and write an assignment about it. They will also research the history of Dutch emigration and do an assignment that involves writing an informal letter and making a poster.

More information

The school guide (in Dutch) contains detailed information about subjects such as intake and placement, assessment, parent involvement and quality.

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the school year 2018-2019 can be found in our General Terms & Conditions (in Dutch).

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