Als wir vor fünf Jahren mit bilingualem Unterricht anfingen, fragten wir uns, was uns erwarten würde. Würden wir den Anforderungen gerecht werden?

Der Unterricht war zu Beginn aufwendiger für uns als es das deutsche Pendant gewesen wäre, da wir zusätzlichen Unterricht am Nachmittag hatten und uns zunächst das nötige Fachvokabular aneignen mussten. Während der 6. Klasse wurden wir in Biologie und im zweiten Halbjahr in Geschichte in englischer Sprache unterrichtet; im 7. Schuljahr folgte Politik und Wirtschaft, welches von Chemie abgelöst wurde. Seit dem 2. Halbjahr der 8. Klasse ist Geschichte das bilinguale Fach. Diesen ständigen Wechsel der Fächer erachten wir als sinnvoll. Jedes Fach hat andere Fachwörter, die im normalen Englischunterricht eher nicht unterrichtet werden. Auf Grund dessen haben wir, im Vergleich zu den Parallelklassen, einen leichten Vorteil in der kommenden Oberstufe. Ob der Wechsel in den deutschsprachigen Geschichtsunterricht schwierig sein wird, wissen wir noch nicht.

Dadurch, dass sehr viel Englisch geredet wurde, lernten wir schneller Englisch und können uns besser ausdrücken. Fehler zu machen war auch nicht schlimm. Wenn wir etwas nicht verstanden, wurde es wiederholt und die Lehrer gingen auf uns ein.

Im Großen und Ganzen sind wir froh, die Möglichkeit des bilingualen Unterrichts genutzt zu haben.

Sophia Gruhs, Kira Kalhöfer, Hendrik Lauer, Leo-Joël Mendl, Timon Riess

Englisch ist die Weltsprache - es ist daher sehr wichtig, sich auf Englisch artikulieren zu können. Da wir bereits in der 5. Klasse mehr Unterricht in Englisch hatten, wurde der Sprachgebrauch erheblich gefördert. Durch weitere Stunden, die bilingual unterrichtet wurden, wurden unsere Kenntnisse erweitert und gefördert. So kannten wir nach kurzer Zeit Fachbegriffe aus unterschiedlichen Unterrichtsfächern, mit Hilfe derer man sich auch über komplexere Themen unterhalten kann. Dies ist vor allem für Austauschfahrten ein sehr wichtiger Aspekt. Der bilinguale Unterricht ist nicht schwerer als normaler Unterricht. An englischer Sprache interessierte Schüler macht ein solcher Unterricht viel Spaß.

Leon Uhl

Five years of bilingual classes – an analysis

We are in class 9c and we have had bilingual lessons since class 5. Now it's your turn to decide. -

It is good that you know the language well. You learn a lot of English words in different contexts. Of course, you have many lessons which are taught in English, for example, in chemistry, biology, history and politics and economy. I wouldn't say that these lessons are always easy, but if you don't understand something, you just have to ask and the teacher repeats it in German. You are allowed to use a German-English dictionary in your tests. In our opinion, the bilingual lessons have many good aspects because you are able to communicate with many people from different cultures.

                       

Stefanie Gerhardt, Celina Sude

In the 8th and 9th grades we had history in English, which we personally think is the easiest bilingual subject – maybe caused by history being the subject we had in the English language for the longest time – but we think it is due to the topics too. History is about societies in the past and you can talk about this very well in the English language.

Although you sometimes have to work a bit more and it is a bit harder, we think the bilingual class is very good because in the end you profit. English is the language of science and you will need it for you studies as well as in your job. You have a better and more specialised vocabulary and probably you can understand the spoken language better than other pupils do.

In our opinion, it was right to choose the bilingual class because you are rather fit at communicating.

Mareike Tepel, Till Westmeier

Before we started the fifth class, we all had to decide what class to go to; we chose the bilingaul class and after five years we can say we don't regret our choice.

Since the first bilingual year our class has had many subjects in the English language, namely biology, politics and economy, chemistry and often history, too. We had to learn a lot of words, but thus we have accumulated a large word pool. Now and in the future we are able to use all these special words, which makes it easier to communicate. During English tests we were allowed to use dictionaries. Especially in history this was a big help because we were able to write everything we knew about the tasks. In the history lessons we also had many discussions in the English language. Sometimes, if the topic was too difficult, we could discuss in German. The presentations on various aspects of National Socialism we had to give in class 9 caused some stress because our sources were German and we had to do a lot of mediation and translation work.

As we spoke much more English than the others in our year, we trust we speak English well and with some self-confidence. In general, the bilingual classes help us to deduce words into French, Latin and sometimes German and it is also fun.

Ann-Sophie Müller, Sila Saltan

Now that we will soon be presented with our certificates, we can résumé that, as far as we are concerned, the English-language subjects sometimes were rather difficult because we had to learn many words which, was hard at times. However, we learned a lot which also helps us to speak English better. As we talked so much English at school, with the time it got easier to find the right English expressions. The tests in history, for example, weren't as difficult as we thought because we were allowed to use the dictionary to search for the right words and our language mistakes had no relevance for our marks. Very important and difficult discussions we did in German, so we also understood the very complicated topics.

In general, although it is hard to learn English at the beginning, the bilingual class is a good option for persons who like English and want to study or do a job for which they need the English language.

Annika Brühne, Nele Melcher

Bad Arolsen, July 2013 - students 9c Christan-Rauch-Schule