Bilingualism

 

Beginning September 2013: Bilingual track at the Obermenzinger Gymnasium

 

What is it?

As of the school year 2013/2014 the Obermenzinger Gymnasium offers a bilingual track (German-English), beginning with the current 5th year class.

 

Who is it for?

This programme is open to all children who have attended a bilingual primary school or who come from an English-speaking family.

Children from a different background can take a placement test to see if they would be able to join the class. Additionally, for children for whom German is not their first language, we offer special support in that subject.

The way we do it is based on scientific knowledge on bilingual teaching in secondary school and has been practiced and evaluated for 3 years. Our team of pedagogues takes adequate professional training on a regular basis throughout Europe.

 

How is it done?

All-day care and support from a dedicated English language assistant.

  • English-language education in multiple subjects, following CLIL methodology
  • Anchoring of German academic terminology by alternating the subjects taught in English from year to year

 

CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning)

CLIL lessons consist of integrated language and subject instruction.

Those elements of academic language that are important for the specific content area are an integral component of the instruction.

Research has demonstrated that pupils profit from CLIL with respect to both language and subject skills.

As learning through a foreign language necessitates a slower pace of instruction, pupils are able to achieve a deeper understanding of subject terminology and content. Conversely, the authentic context makes the language itself easier to learn.

There is a significant increase in the pupils' motivation, both in learning the second language and in mastering the subject content. In addition, the opportunity to think in the second language leads to improvements in cognitive abilities, while still fostering native language development. CLIL demands a unique, multidimensional instructional concept. The emphasis is on interactive, cooperative learning activities and a hands-on approach to learning.



The introduction of our new bilingual track is being guided and supported by the Faculty of English Education of the Catholic University of Eichstätt-Ingolstadt.

The faculty's website:
www.ku.de/slf/anglistik/didengl/

 

2013/14, our first bilingual year!!
Read articles concerning CLIL at the Obermenzinger Gymnasium.

 

Our former English-language teacher trainer and language assistant in our inaugural bilingual class, Jeffrey Park (now at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen), was interviewed by Spotlight Magazine about CLIL and bilingualism.

Here you can read the interview!