The Romance Languages Department at Berlin Cosmopolitan School offers students the possibility to learn French or Spanish as of grade 5. Both languages are taught with the AIM Method (Accelerative Integrated Methodology) from grades 5 – 9. This method has been a great success since we started implementing it, especially compared to any other traditional teaching method, as students acquire a wider range of vocabulary, demonstrate accurate written skills and fluency within only a few weeks of learning. Every year both Spanish and French classes present a high quality language show where students perform plays in both languages.
If you would like more information on the AIM Method, please visit the AIM website, as well as our YouTube channel, and a Bachelor Diploma Essay written by a former intern in our school, Ms Lea Bussas. Ms Bussas observed lessons in our school in 2014/15, mostly Spanish and French lessons using AIM, as well as language lessons without using the method, and wrote the essay to summarize her research.
We believe that organising cultural events is important to motivate students to know more about the countries they are learning the language from. We collaborate with French and Spanish institutions in Berlin to offer students cinema, theatre, songs and comic-writing workshops so that they have opportunities to take their learning outside of the classroom.
We also encourage students from grade 8 onwards to participate in individual exchanges to France and Spain, where students have the chance to spend authentic time in French and Spanish families and schools.
We offer Spanish and French support lessons in the morning from 8:00 to 8:45 am, to help students with homework, revision or test preparation.
Many of our classes also take part in the annual national language competition Bundeswettbewerb für Fremdsprachen sponsored by the Berlin Senate. This is a great platform for students and teachers to meet with other schools and to showcase how our classes have developed their solid skills.