In the school year of 2010/11, our school started the Intensive English programme as a school project (Schulversuch). This project is funded by the Lower Austria Board of Education (Landesschulrat für NÖ.)
The Intensive English programme classes have three English lessons per week. These are not an extra of three lessons but part of the regular school time table. These three lessons are conducted generally through team teaching involving the class teacher and the Native English teacher in subjects such as General Knowledge, Math and Physical Education(PE).
Our teaching approach to the acquisition of the English language is the use of the Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) method. CILL has become the umbrella term describing both learning another (content) subject such as General Knowledge or Math or PE through the medium of a foreign language and learning a foreign language by studying a content-based subject.
The pupils in the Intensive English programme will not have a formal assessment of their English. However, a general feedback on the invididual pupil’s performance, if so desired, could be accquired by parents at the two Meet-the-Parents sessions during the school year.