At Cantaleum, students are immersed in both English and German and acquire them naturally. The bilingual program enables the students to feel confident using both languages.
Cantaleum uses the immersion method of language teaching. The word “immersion” comes from the Latin word for “to plunge into, to immerse,” which is the fluid and effective way language can be acquired. Following this method, classes at Cantaleum are taught by both German-speaking and English-speaking instructors. The instructors are native speakers of their languages of instruction, and speak the same language both inside and outside the classroom. This allows the children to experience two languages through everyday activities and in play, and not only in lessons.
There is much evidence showing that teaching language through immersion provide consistently superior results compared to other methods of teaching.
Academic lessons at Cantaleum follows the curriculum for schools set by the Canton of Zürich, and are then supplemented with additional enriched instruction in the English language and in music. For more information about music education at Cantaleum, please see Musical Education at Cantaleum.
Language is more than just a way of communicating information—language also reflects culture, attitude, and ways of thinking. Therefore, we find it important that language is taught by native speakers to ensure that the students have the chance to absorb the target language in the most natural way possible.