A new German syllabus for classes V1 is to be introduced in all ICSE schools. In the modern globalised world it is important that our education system produces global citizens, who are prepared for the challenges that they will face in their professional and personal lives. Foreign languages are an important step towards this goal. English is no doubt the lingua franca today but to understand the thinking and way of working and living of peoples from various cultures it is important to learn their language. The ICSE has recognised this fact and gives its students ample opportunity to pursue languages.
To achieve this objective we have to
start the instruction of the German language at the school level. The ICSE
recognises this development and has decided to introduce an interactive and
communicative syllabus for classes VI to XII. 10 to 16 is the ideal age group
to learn a foreign language; therefore the ICSE has decided to introduce German
at the class VI level. This means that the students have exposure to the
language for at least five years till class X, thus giving them a good working
knowledge of the language.