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Multilingual Learning

In this animation by TED-Ed, Mia Nacamulli details three types of multilingual brains and shows how knowing more than one language keeps your brain healthy, actively engaged, and better equipped to handle complex problems.

Advantage of Multilingual Learning

Multilingualism is desirable for many reasons. It breaks down communication barriers, broadens horizons and allows us to learn about other cultures and ways of life.

Numerous studies have shown that speaking multiple languages provides many advantages that go far beyond the knowledge of the languages themselves. Multilingual speakers can concentrate better, resolve conflicts easier and empathize better with others. Overall, the multilingual brain is much more flexible, even into old age.

The child’s brain is extremely adaptable

The sooner a second or third language is learned, the better the result. Infants’ brains are very malleable, and therefore grow depending on which cognitive functions are used most. As children grow up multilingual, their brain quickly adapts to speaking two or more languages, forming the networks and connections that allow them to cope with the heightened cognitive demands.

Why German?

Germany has the biggest economy in the European Union and the fourth largest worldwide. It is home to numerous international corporations and at the forefront of technological innovation. German is the most widely spoken mother-tongue language in Europe. And just like at AvH, English, French and German are the three official working languages of the European Union.

German is the language of Goethe, Mozart, Bach, Beethoven, and of course, von Humboldt.

It is said that Germany is the country of poets and thinkers – Das Land der Dichter und Denker. A great many of the world’s most impressive achievements were first conceived of in German.

- In this video, the Goethe Institute of Toronto showcases the advantages of learning German.

- Knowing German increases income potential – World Economic Forum, Kaisa Schreck Danielsson, April 10, 2017

When Joining AvH

Many of our international and Canadian students do not have a German-speaking background. They acquire their language skills in preschool and kindergarten through play-based learning, and students are proud to show off their new capabilities in speaking, reading and writing.

New applicants entering grades 3 to 6 who have little-to-no German language skills may be eligible for our “Immersion Class,” an accelerated language program for strong candidates. Applicants to our high school (grade 7 and up) must be fluent and literate in German.

While German is the primary language of instruction, English and French are prominent throughout the student’s entire academic career.

French classes are offered at a mother tongue or second language level, depending on the French language skills of the student.

English is taught as of Grade 1 on a native-language proficiency level.


Discover how each language is integrated in our different programs:

PrK - KG

The foundation for a lifelong love of learning.

Elementary School
1 - 4

We focus on the personal development of each child.

High School
5 - 12

Our students acquire mastery of over twelve academic subjects.