Children’s books share language and culture

Armed with a suitcase full of children’s books, IGS Primary German language teacher Brooke Fuerbach recently flew to Melbourne to present at the National Conference for German Teachers.

“We know that literature has the power to transform learning and lives,” Brooke said.

“In a language classroom, research shows that using children’s literature enhances student learning in a variety of ways.” 

Brooke presented to language teachers and academics from Australia, the Asia-Pacific region and Europe, using a variety of examples from her own teaching practice to showcase how literature can be used in Early Years classrooms (Kindergarten to Year 2) to not only increase German language acquisition but to also develop the overall literacy skills of students in their formative years of formal education.