News | Education 26.09.2013

Mikä sinun nimesi on? The Siemens Stiftung fosters multilingualism at an early age

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September 26 marks the annual European Day of Languages, which was initiated by the Council of Europe in 2001. Its objective is to strengthen respect for different languages and cultures and enhance awareness of the advantages of speaking other languages. Thanks to the KIKUS language learning method, which has been developed by the nonprofit Center for Multilingualism in Early Childhood (zkm), educators can develop multilingualism in children at preschools and primary schools – and soon perhaps even ask them their name in Finnish. Starting in January 2014, the Siemens Stiftung and zkm is again offering free seminars on the language learning method. Applications can now be submitted at www.siemens-stiftung.org/kikus-training.

How can children be taught a new language in a systematic and playful way – for example German as their second language? What opportunities are there to develop their first language at the same time and also integrate parents? Education experts can obtain answers to these and many more questions on early language development in the two-day KIKUS basic seminar. The further training seminars will be held at the following dates and venues:

  • January 20/21, 2014, in Frankfurt am Main
  • January 27/28, 2014, in Berlin
  • February 3/4, 2014, in Hamburg

The Siemens Stiftung will pay the course fee of 300 euros per participant. The instructors are trained experts from zkm and give participants the methodological tools to use KIKUS at their establishments.