Immersion Model

Students at Deutsche Schule Melbourne grow up bilingually and biculturally, with German and English as the languages of instruction.

Teaching is based on a 'one teacher-one language' approach, in which teachers only conduct classes in their native-language, be it German or English. All teachers at our school are bilingual in English and German and speak both languages fluently.

In line with current research on children from both bilingual and monolingual backgrounds, students learn to read and write in German and English concurrently. In Year 1 and 2, 80% of classes are taught in German. The proportion of classes taught in English gradually increases so that by Year 6 it will amount to approximately 50% of teaching time.

Students starting in Foundation Year at our school do not need to have German language skills.

We structure classroom activities to assist students who do not speak German as one of their main languages.

Deutsche Schule Melbourne strengthens students’ understanding of their responsibilities within the global community. Numerous activities also cement the school’s position in its multicultural Australian setting. 

Participation in sports and other recreational activities are part of our school life.