German Core Curriculum Highlights
- Course curriculum follows the NRW Gymnasium core curriculum
- Accreditation from Kulturministerium NRW
- Interdisciplinary approach incorporating (German) history, social studies, art, music, sciences, TOK and other disciplines
- IGCSE: German First Language or German Foreign Language possible
- Gymnasium level textbooks
- Deutschbuch (neue Ausgabe) / Cornelsen (German regular 5–10)
- Deutschbuch (neue Grundausgabe) / Cornelsen (German Transitional 5–10)
- Deutsch.kompetent / Klett (11/12 Language A German Language and Literature)
- Texte, Themen und Strukturen / Cornelsen (11/12 Language A German Literature)
- Deutsch im Einsatz / Advance Materials (11/12 Language B German)
- Das neue Deutschmobil 1–3 / Klett (5/6 German foreign)
- Ideen 1–3 / Hueber (7/8 German foreign)
- deutsch.com 1–3 / Hueber (9/10 German foreign)
- AusBlick 1–3 / Hueber (5–10 German foreign 4)
ISR requires the study of German either as a mother-tongue or as a foreign language for all its students from kindergarten to grade 12.
German as a First Language
The mother-tongue language program follows the state curriculum of North Rhine-Westphalia (“Kernkurrikulum NRW”) and integrates the study of classical German literature starting in grade 7 and continuing through grade 12.
German as a Foreign Language
The German as a foreign language program is for students whose mother tongue is not German. ISR offers four levels of competence per grade.
A student who does not have any knowledge of the German language starts with the so called German Foreign 1 course. The courses are paced so that a student requires one school year per level of competence.
The first three levels are dedicated to language acquisition. The Foreign 4 level has a pragmatic approach.