Bilingual teaching with English as a medium of instruction
General Information The bilingual stream was set up in 1995 and since then most subjects of the Austrian curriculum have been taught successfully in English.
At present the following subjects are taught in English:Lower forms/grades (Unterstufe)
1st form/grade: Art, Biology, Information technology, Crafts, Geography, Music and Sports.
2nd form/grade: Physics and History are added to the above.
3rd form/grade: Biology laboratory
4th form/grade: Chemistry (and lab) and Physics lab are in English.
Upper forms/grades (Oberstufe):
Most of the above subjects continue to be taught in English.
Our students can choose between two bilingual streams specialising either in languages (with French and Latin as compulsory subjects) or the natural sciences (with compulsory lab classes in Biology, Physics and Chemistry). From the 3rd form onwards French becomes a compulsory subject in the language stream. Latin is taught from the 5th form/grade to the 8th form/grade. The naturalscience stream with English as a medium of instruction offers the same subjects as our natural science stream: e.g. biology lab in the 3rd form, physics and chemistry lab in the 4th form/grade. In the fifth form/ grade students of the science stream choose between French, Italian or Latin. In both bilingual streams Mathematics, Religion, Philosophy and Psychology are taught in German. In addition, students of the 6th and 7th years are prepared for the internationally recognised Advanced Cambridge Certificate. Our programme offers:
team teaching with native speakers with university degrees in the humanities and sciences
optional drama and conversation courses during the first four years.
Business English is offered in the 5th form.
annual projects: In addition to smaller presentations throughout the year, we have one annual project involving all classes in various subject areas across the whole curriculum.
bringing enjoyment into the learning of foreign languages
natural approach to learning the English language
deeper understanding of the culture and lifestyle of English speaking countries
opportunity to take internationally recognised exams (Cambridge Certificate, TOEFL, IELTS)
preparation of students for studies at international schools and universities
comprehensive preparation for future careers: teamwork, flexibility, creativity and leadership competence
the usual requirements needed to attend an Austrian academic secondary school
no special language skills in English are necessary
motivation to learn English
curiosity about the traditions and lifestyles of the English–speaking world
Newcomers (from our school’s non-bilingual classes as well as from other schools) are welcome to join the bilingual stream at all levels providing space is available in the appropriate academic year. An interview is required to establish scholastic ability levels.
Enrolment procedures All pupils wishing to join the bilingual classes must register for the bilingual programme and have to take part in an interview.
Parents’ Association: International Bilingual Classes Association (IBCA) Parents of pupils in the bilingual programme are automatically members of the parents’ association (IBCA) and pay an annual fee to cover part of the costs. The fees are used for:
native speaker salaries
English textbooks, literature and other teaching materials
partial costs of Cambridge exams
partial financial support of language trips and special projects
All parents are encouraged to join the IBCA committee, which cooperates closely with the bilingual teaching team.