Dual Language Programme English-German

The ISB Dual Language Programme English-German is a new addition to our Junior School and complements our current English Language Programme. Both programmes follow the full PYP Programme of study, and programme that ISB has offered since its foundation in 1979.

Starting in August 2022, it will be available to our youngest students (3 to 7 years old), and will be progressively extended to older students. It will enable them to develop proficiency in both languages, therefore allowing students to better integrate with the local community.

The Programme in 1 minute

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Who is this Programme For? 

The Dual Language Programme suits the needs of a variety of students (and parents), including:

  • Current ISB families who seek a stronger focus on both German and English 
  • Local or newly-arrived families in Basel who are looking for an International curriculum and want their children to learn in two languages (English and German)
  • German speaking Swiss families who are looking for a greater exposure to English for their children, without losing German as an academic language

How is English and German Learning Structured?

The Dual Language Programme offers students instruction in their first (“home”) language (English or German), while providing the opportunity to learn in and about a second (“target”) language. 

Each Dual Language class will have dedicated full-time Teachers and Teaching Assistants (English and German). Students will be greeted and settled in by the same two Core Teachers each day and will then transition to an English-language or German-language focus on alternate days. Each class will have one of their Core Teachers or Teacher Assistants with them at all times. 

Example of Weekly Schedule 




English Teacher & German TA*
or German Teacher & English TA

             English Teacher
& English TA
           German Teacher 
& German TA
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Each day starts with an English/German Village Time
English Day German Day Mixed Waldkinder
(English and German)
English Day German Day

*TA: Teaching Assistant

Our weekly “Waldkinder” is an integral part of our curriculum, where the outdoors becomes our classroom! Learning in an outdoor environment allows children to interact with the elements around them and helps them to gain a deeper understanding of the world we live in. It is also an important way for our students to connect to our host country Switzerland’s environment and make connections to the local community.


Contact Us

To receive more information or book an individual consultation

Tel. +41 61 715 33 19