Bilingual track



  • One out of the two classes in each grade has been conducted bilingually (German-Englisch) at Obermenzinger Gymnasium since 2013: 5b, 6b, 7b, 8b, 9b, and 10b.
  • At least 3 science or social studies subjects are taught in English in those German-English classes. English as a subject is taught at a “notably higher level” (note in the report card).
  • Science or social studies subjects which are taught bilingually usually change year to year.
  • Our students are supported by a second pedagogue, usually a language assistant.
  • Our aim is the Bavarian “Abitur” degree, not the International Baccalureat.


Scientific Findings

  • We are part of a European network ( for instance Holland, Finland, England, Austria, Spain, Italy, France ), our teachers and pedagogical assistants participate in international, professional trainings on a regular basis.
  • The way we do the bilingual track is based on scientific findings. We co-operate with Gutenberg University in Mainz and with Eichstätt-Ingolstadt University.
  • Our teachers work according to a special teaching method. Memorizing German and English terminology and vocabulary enhances our students' linguistic development in the German-English classes.


Goals and Results

  • The above average results in the English “Jahrgangsstufentests” clearly prove our classes' success.
  • Students who complete the Abitur in English also achieve outstanding results.
  • Students from German-English classes strongly profit when taking courses accordingly in the upper grades.


Our offer

  • To be admitted to a German-English class, 5th and 6th graders must at least have level A1, 7th and 8th graders level A2. Level B1 is required for 9th graders.
  • Classes for “German as a foreign language” or “German as a second language” are offered for English speaking children. A professional teacher supports our children at their respective levels. We do that networking with the Goethe-Institut. Our students receive an elaborate report card regarding their level twice a year. In addition, Goethe-Institut issues certificates about the achieved language levels ( A2, B1, B2 ).
  • We keep evaluating our quality level.

This innovation of the English-German classes gives Obermenzinger Gymnasium a distinguishing feature which is unique in Bavaria: Students are bound to acquire a comparable linguistic standard in German and English.

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:


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!