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Bilingual department at De Gooise Daltonschool

Children nowadays grow up in an international society and therefore come in contact with the English language much more often. Since young children pick up a second language relatively easily De Gooise Daltonschool started a bilingual department, TPO ( Tweetalig Primair Onderwijs), in 2014-2015. This division is covered by a five year pilot commissioned by the Ministry of Education, Culture & Science to which nineteen other Dutch primary schools have prescribed. TPO is an excellent addition to the high quality education our school has to offer.


The start of TPO

We started our first TPO Kindergarten group in August of 2015, alongside our regular Dutch Kindergarten group. This was followed by a second TPO Kindergarten group a year later. In the schoolyear of 2017/2018 the first group of TPO children will be going to group 3, so within 8 years we will have a full-scale bilingual department at De Gooise Daltonschool.


(Near-)native speakers in the classroom

As we think it crucial for our students to be taught a correct English pronounciation, they are educated by (near-)native speakers, to whom English is either their native tongue or whose control of the English language is of a very high standard. Kirsten van Haver, Marion Stein, Wendy Bakker, Myriam van Dis and Saskia de Groot are TPO-teachers at De Gooise Daltonschool.


Bilingual practices
TPO-students follow the same curriculum as the children in our regular Dutch classes. However 30% to 50% of the class time is preserved for English. In an easy accessible and playful manner the teacher helps the children to master the English language by for instance teaching them polite social communications, the days of the week and everyday words, which helps increase their vocabulary rapidly. The TPO-curriculum is internationally oriented. Not only do the children learn English, but they are also taught English customs and culture, which helps bring the language to life. Ofcourse there’s still also ample room for Dutch culture in our bilingual groups.


Dutch language skills remain on par with those of other Dutch students

A bilingual education has shown no negative effect on the development of the Dutch language. As a matter of fact scientific research shows that learning a second language is highly beneficial to the development of the native tongue. One of the main conditions set by the Ministry of Education, Culture & Science is that TPO-students’ Dutch language skills remain on par with those of other Dutch children. We will be making allowances for group 3/4, where children first learn to read and write in Dutch, by restricting English to for instance gymclass and arts & crafts.


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