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English language skills for a global world

At home in the world

Internationality is one of the focal points of our pedagogy. Because we want to prepare our pupils for the world of the 21st century. A world in which people are connected across national borders and cultures and should understand each other.

English is the most frequently used lingua franca for international communication in areas such as business, politics, science and academia. With this in mind, we incorporate English into our teaching from the very beginning, with one lesson a week from Year 1 of primary schooling. We teach specific curricular phases of some subjects in English and benefit from the support of subject teaching assistants whose first language is English.

Additionally, we seek links with other schools in Austria and beyond and run joint projects with them.

Stella International School holds ‘English Weeks’ during which the whole school works on projects in English for several weeks at a time. We also maintain partnerships with schools from other countries for the promotion of intercultural communication and engagement. Here are some of the other ways in which we embed English in our school’s culture:

  • All our staff speak English among themselves on Mondays and Wednesdays.
  • We welcome all children to school and say goodbye to them in English every day.
  • Our before-school care supervisors speak English with the children.
  • We start the day in English before commencing the first lesson.

We are a Cambridge School’. At the end of Year 4, pupils take mandatory external tests towards their Cambridge English Language Assessment, demonstrating their abilities in listening and reading comprehension, speaking and writing in order to attain a Cambridge Certificate.

We expect Year 8 students to take a qualification at CEFR level B2. This gives them significant educational and potential professional advantages and represents the first step towards possible study abroad. 20,000 universities, employers and governments across the globe officially recognise Cambridge English exams.

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Stella International School came into being on the initiative of a group of committed parents. We seek to provide a cosmopolitan education centred on values that will enable young people to forge the society of tomorrow. Public funds cannot cover the crucial extra support, inspiration, resources and activities a Stella education gives.

For this reason, we ask you to please support us with your donation!