In years 1-6 in Taipei Steiner, students learn the basic English they will need in their daily lives, including seasons, days of the week, months of the year, familial relations, common food and drink, animals, body parts, weather, feelings and emotions and common verbs. They will master counting and repetition in year one, speech and pronunciation in year two, the alphabet in year three, writing in year four, and composition in year five and six. In their first year we focus on repetition and teaching students through educational songs and poems, in the second year we focus more on to teaching them the meaning of these words and perfecting their pronunciation. In their third year we focus on connecting the alphabet to the material they’ve learnt in previous years. In their fourth year they’ll learn to write complete poems and rhymes, and then in the fifth and six they’ll learn story writing. Grammar and syntax is taught via induction and familiarisation rather than memorisation of rules. This helps the child to develop a living sense for the language. By Junior high school we end up with students that can pronounce well, understand, speak and write in German and English.
There is a continuation in what we teach, and one year carries over into the other. Through the carryover and repetition of material we ensure learning makes sense to the child. Writing is purposefully postponed to allow more wholesome understanding of the language. It is our firm belief that language should be taught this way, whether in a Waldorf school or a regular school.