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English and foreign language teaching in the German Gymnasium

The paper offers a survey of the present system of teaching languages, focusing on English language, at German grammar schools (Gymnasien). In doing so, it addresses institutional structures, curriculum, teaching methods, the role of media, standards and assessment results, teacher education, and future perspectives. The aim is to clarify what makes such schools successful in language teaching and, without encouraging imitation, as all education systems are different, identify the key success factors in institutional language learning in the secondary sector.

KEYWORDS: gymnasium, grammar school, English language, language teaching

Engelbert Thaler. Professor of English Didactics, Literature and Culture at the University of Augsburg. Founder of Balanced Teaching. Studied English and Social Studies at the University of Munich. Currently Professor of English Didactics at the University of Augsburg. Author of over 500 papers on English language teaching methodology. Research interests cover audio-visual media, literary didactics, cultural awareness and teacher training.


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