For many years, DSTY has been offering Swiss lessons to all children in 1st to 12th grade who are interested in the culture of Switzerland and Swiss German. The lessons are especially attended by children and teenagers with Swiss roots or a close relationship to Switzerland, for example because they have lived in Switzerland. These lessons enable the children and young people to get a glimpse of the Swiss culture abroad.
Since the beginning of the school year 2021/22, Franziska Schneider-Lüthi has been responsible for the four weekly hours of Swiss lessons. In the school year 2021/22, 18 students from grades 1 to 11 attended these classes, and in the school year 2022/23 there were 22 students from grades 1 to 12.
In four small groups, each with one lesson per week, we speak Swiss German together, deal with current topics and peculiarities of Switzerland, play Swiss board games, listen to and talk about Swiss music or films and learn more about Swiss culture, history and geography. We focus on having conversations.
In addition to the weekly lessons in small groups, interdepartmental projects take place every year, which also give the school community an insight into Swiss culture. During the school year 2020/21, the students created a video project on the topic of Zurich legend “Emperor Charles and the Snake”, which was broadcast in a Monday morning opener. In the school year 2021/22, the students presented their favorite Swiss specialties and dishes in an exhibition.
If you would like to learn more about the Swiss education at the DSTY, you can download the Jahresbericht Schweizer Unterricht (in German).
To contact the Swiss teacher of the DSTY Franziska Schneider-Lüthi, you can do so directly through our contact form.
For more information about DSTY, visit their website.