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A very warm welcome - ein herzliches Willkommen

Bilingual subject teaching, in large parts of Europe rather referred to as “Content and Language Integrated Learning” (CLIL), is a dual-oriented educational concept involving language and content teaching at the same time. Despite being interwoven, its emphasis is nonetheless more on content than on language. We teach contents of Politics/Economics and History almost entirely through English, i.e. English is the working language and serves as the medium through which the subject is taught. We use a number of particular methods (input and output scaffolding) to enable our learners to acquire the knowledge and skills taught in class and, subsequently, to apply them.

Teaching a particular non-language subject through English has been practised at our school for a number of years aiming at accrediting pupils with key skills required in their future professional life.

Through their participation in Politics/Economics and History, taught through English, learners gain profound content-relevant knowledge both in their native and non-native language. In addition, Bilingual Education advances learners’ language skills concerning these specific subjects and beyond, and it enhances learners’ intercultural competence, a skill we deem highly significant in today’s globalised world.
Developing such skills through target-oriented, contextual learning provides our pupils with abilities demanded in contemporary work life.

We, the teachers of the bilingual department, have committed ourselves to fully supporting our pupils in accomplishing these teaching goals.

Implementation of Bilingual Education at Lilienthal Grammar School

Subjects:

Politics/Economics

Year 10 - usually two courses, with two lessons a week (pupils aged 14-16; “Upper Fifth“).

Selected contents:

  • Economic and Social Change including
  • Demographic change and its implications
  • The Politics and Economics of the European Union

Year 11/12 - usually one course, with four lessons a week (pupils aged 16-18; “Lower Sixth, Upper Sixth“).

Year 13 will be included from school year 2017/2018 onwards.

Selected contents:

  • International Peace and Security Policy including the role of the UN and the EU in restoring and maintaining peace around the globe
  • The global market between Free Trade and Protectionism

All tests are written in English.

Politics/Economics bilingual can be chosen as an oral exam as part of the A level.

History

year 9/10 - currently two courses, with two lessons a week (pupils aged 13-16; “Lower Fifth”; “Upper Fifth”).

Selected contents:

  • World War I (courses, impact)
  • The Weimar Republic and National Socialism

Year 11/12/13 - usually one course, with four lessons a week (pupils aged 16-18; “Lower Sixth, Upper Sixth“).

Selected contents:

  • The late Middle Ages: Crises and Reformation
  • Flight and eviction within the context of World War II

All tests are written in English.

History bilingual can be chosen as an oral exam as part of the A level.

Certificate

In addition to the A-level certificate, school-leavers are given a supplementary certificate confirming their successful participation in bilingual courses.

Teaching staff:

  • Mr Michael Haken (head of department)
  • Mrs Kerstin Bollhorst (history, Politics-Economics)
  • Mrs Vivian Stevens (history)
  • Mrs Josefine Baumann (history)
  • Mrs Alexandra Wellbrock (Politics-Economics)
  • Mrs Jutta Nitschke (history)