Immersion

With the immersion method, children pick up languages automatically - without the stress of vocabulary lists. But what exactly does it mean to learn a language immersively? Learn all about this method of teaching a second language in our key topic
  • Soaking up language

    Yared Dibaba is not only a multitalented artist, but a multitalented linguist, too. Born in Ethiopia, he plunged into the German language and culture at the age of four – and learnt German via immersion

    Photo: Oliver Reetz | 2016/1
  • Soak up language every day with Phorms

    With the immersion method, children pick up languages automatically – without the stress of vocabulary lists. Phorms teachers from Berlin Süd, Hamburg and Frankfurt offer a glimpse behind the scenes at our schools

    Poto: Silke Weinsheimer | 2016/1
  • Children at bilingual schools – Tips on how to best support your child

    Helena Curtain, an expert in language and immersion education, answers some important questions regarding immersion programmes

    Author: Helena Curtain | Photo: Silke Weinsheimer | 2016/1
  • Bilingual people have a more rounded perspective

    Multilingualism helps develop tolerance for people with different languages and cultures. Professor Matthias Hutz on intercultural skills in connection with the immersion method

    Author: Matthias Hutz | Photo: Silke Weinsheimer | 2016/1
  • Immersion in induction classes

    In special classes, refugee children learn German until they are able to keep up in normal lessons. The immersion method is used, so that they fully absorb the language

    Author: Iris Röll | Photo: Silke Weinsheimer | 2016/1
  • ‘Voilà, je parle français’

    People who have not spent an extended period abroad or grown up in a multilingual family can still immerse themselves in a language thanks to special educational trips

    Photo: Silke Weinsheimer | 2016/1