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Additional Languages

In addition to learning English and German, a third language is compulsory from grades 6–9. Our students have a choice of four additional languages, French, Spanish, Japanese or Mandarin, starting in grade 6. This choice is supported by a demonstration lesson, which provides students with a general idea of the sounds and basic structures of the language.

In grade 10 students may drop this third language subject, once they have considered the courses they will be taking in the two following years.

The language curriculum focuses on oral and written communication, as well as in the cultural aspects of the target language. The courses provide students with a strong foundation and a smooth transition into the International Baccalaureate (IB) program in grades 11 and 12, for students who choose to study modern languages in the IB.

In grade 11 students may choose from two to three different language courses, which will be taken and completed during the duration of the program. Admission to these subjects is based on the student’s career choice and their performance in grade 10.


In French, from Grade 9 to 12, the students can prepare for the different levels of the “DELF scolaire” diploma (from A1 to B2). ISR is an official exam centre for the written part of the DELF exam (reading comprehension, writing, and listening) under the authority of the French Institute of Düsseldorf. The oral part is taken at a school in Düsseldorf.

The DELF (Diploma of Studies in French Language) Diploma is an official certificate offered by the French Ministry of National Education with a life-long validity, applicable world-wide. In Germany, more than 48 000 school students have prepared the DELF scolaire exam in 2016.


In grade 10 we offer the Diplomas of Spanish as a Foreign Language (DELE). We are authorised centres for this examination which enables the students to be assessed by their own teachers (for instance- ISR teachers examine the oral component and send the answer sheets for the written and audio components to the Instituto Cervantes in Bremen).

The Diploma in Spanish as a Foreign Language (DELE) is an official qualification that recognises candidates' competence and command of the Spanish language. It is issued by the Cervantes Institute on behalf of the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport. It is an essential certification for anyone wishing to study or work in a Spanish speaking environment.


ISR offers Japanese lessons once a week for grade 1 to 5 students, who are native Japanese speakers as a part of their SLO® Activities. The students do not sit any exams during these lessons.

ISR offers Japanese lessons three times a week for grade 6 to 9 students, who are native Japanese speakers. These lessons are taught as a third language and comprise of text comprehension, writing, as well as Japanese presentations. The students have to absolve a weekly test and a final exam.

Grade 10 students have the opportunity to attend Japanese language classes three times a week if they’re native speakers. The curriculum, containing mainly essays and presentations, prepares the students for their IB diploma.

Grade 11 and 12 students will be intensively prepared for their IB Diploma exams. In this age group an extended essay is required to pass the IB Diploma.


Through our partnership with the Hanyuan Chinese School, we offer Mandarin lessons on the ISR campus for native and non-native speakers.