German in Kendriya Vidyalayas

German in KV's : Language, Culture, Germany

It was just over three years ago that it all started. Students of the Kendriya Vidyalaya Schools across the country were offered an opportunity to learn German- their first foreign language.
Some students were quick to make the best of the new opportunity and approached it with fervor and excitement, others following them took their first cautious steps into a new culture and yet others first preferred to watch from the sidelines – but not for long.
Today three years into this project that the Goethe-Institut initiated, German is being taught in over 400 schools and 50,000 students are benefitting from this opportunity, which once was just restricted to private schools.
That the project is a success is not just borne out by the number of students learning German but also from the response to any programme the Goethe-Institut initiates. 

One initiative that is particularly popular with the students is, believe it or not, an exam. The Goethe-Institut offers internationally recognized exams at A1, A2 and B1 levels for school students. All students that clear the exam get an internationally recognized certificate. Last year around 1000 students of KV took this exam and cleared it with flying colors.
Another very popular event that all KV students strive to participate in are the youth camps. The KVS and the Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan jointly organize youth camps at various locations across the country. In 2013 these camps were organized in Delhi, Pune, Mysore, Bangalore, Sikkim, Bhopal, Varanasi, Chandigarh, Dehradun, Trivandrum and Gaya.
All the camps had a different character. If in one case the students worked on producing an animation film under the guidance of an animation artist, Gaurav Juyal from Mumbai. In another case the kids went through a virtual trip through Germany. The various “stations” for the trip were prepared by the kids at the camp itself under the guidance of their teachers. And the kids also played tour guides for their fellow students at their respective stations. And than there were camps where sports was the theme- Groups of students painted T Shirts, made posters and installations on sports popular in Germany.


Two delegations of KV officials visited Germany to see the functioning of schools in various states in the country.
Training of teachers was and remains the core of the project. Regular teacher training programmes to update the skills of the teachers were held throughout the year at various locations across the country. A group of over 20 teachers spent two weeks in Bonn in June 2013 and made the best of the opportunity to gain knowledge about everyday life in Germany along with attending courses at the Goethe-Institute on foreign language teaching methodology.
The ultimate aim of the project is to empower students with the knowledge of German and Germany. This year 26 students from various KV schools in India will travel to Berlin for a week. This is on the one hand a reward for their excellent results in German as also a motivation for others to learn the most widely spoken language in continental Europe.


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