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 all relevant contents, defined on the curricula of both 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: Our efforts aim 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. Further, 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


Politics/Economics (from school year 2018/2019 onwards):

Year 11: three lessons a week (pupils aged 14-16; “Upper Fifth“).

Selected contents:

  • The changing world of work in a globalised environment.
  • The various causes and effects of International trade.
  • The role of the United Nations regarding sustainable development.


Year 12/13: three lessons a week (pupils aged 16-19; “Lower Sixth, Upper Sixth“).

Selected contents:

  • Different ways and forms of political participation: parties, associations, local initiatives etc.
  • The German Social Market Economy: Goals and principles
  • Securing global peace and security: A national and internation challenge
  • 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 (from school year 2018/2019 onwards):

Year 10: 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:  two lessons a week (pupils aged 14-16; “Upper Fifth“)

Selected contents:

  • From middle ages to modern times: the world in the 15th and 16th century.
  • The end of the Cold War and the impacts on International politics.


Year 12/13: three lessons a week (pupils aged 16-19; “Lower Sixth, Upper Sixth“).

Selected contents:

  • Handling crises and revolutions: theories and models.
  • Concepts and theories of adjustment processes and interaction.
  • German identity: roots and development.
  • History: awareness and culture - forms and function of historical memory.


All tests are written in English.

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



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

We look very much forward to cooperating with you in our current and future bilingual courses.

Teaching staff:

  • Mr Michael Haken (head of department)
  • Mrs Kerstin Bollhorst (history)
  • Mr Matthias Heyn (history)
  • Mrs Josefine Baumann (history)
  • Mrs Alexandra Wellbrock (Politics-Economics)
  • Mrs Barbara Hecker (Politics-Economics)
  • Mrs Sinem Acar (Politics-Economics)