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Informationen zum Fachbereich Englisch

Allgemeine Informationen zum Fachbereich Englisch

Der Fachbereich Englisch der SCO bietet einen Unterricht an, der so vielfältig ist,
wie es im Englischen Möglichkeiten gibt, „Hello“ zu sagen. Viele unserer Lehrer und Schüler haben in englischsprachigen Ländern gelebt, studiert und gearbeitet. Mit ihrem weitgefächerten Wissen tragen sie zu einem lebendigen Unterricht bei.

Es ist unser Ziel, die Schüler zu freier Kommunikation in jeglicher Situation zu erziehen und sie mit einigen Kulturen der englischsprachigen Welt vertraut zu machen. Manchmal ist dies sehr harte Arbeit, aber wir
versuchen, die Atmosphäre in unseren Klassenräumen so entspannt wie möglich zu gestalten.

Natürlich arbeiten wir mit Lehrbüchern, die auf den Anforderungen des Rahmenplans für die Berliner Schule basieren; zusätzlich lesen wir Geschichten, Romane, Sketche, Theaterstücke, die wir manchmal auch aufführen, üben uns in Rollenspielen, machen Projektarbeit und vieles mehr.

Der beste Weg, die englische Sprache zu erlernen und sich mit einem englischsprachigen Land vertraut zu machen, ist sicherlich, es zu besuchen. Wir bemühen uns, Klassen- und Kursfahrten nach ENgland und in die USA durchzuführen.

Unsere Schule steht sowohl Schülern offen, die an unserem deutsch-englischen Zug interessiert sind, sowie Mädchen und Jungen, die an unserem normalen Englischunterricht teilnehmen und eine fundierte Ausbildung erfahren wollen. Viele unserer ehemaligen Schüler haben in englischsprachigen Ländern studiert; einige haben dort schon ihren Abschluss gemacht und ihre Berufslaufbahn begonnen.


Die amtlichen Rahmenlehrpläne für alle Berliner Gymnasien:

Mittelstufe (Sekundarstufe I)

Oberstufe (Sekundarstufe II)

Zwei Berichte vom Kentucky-Austausch 2010


Reflection by Leonie

            My first impression of Western Kentucky University, which I got during a campus tour on the day of our arrival, was that it is huge, overwhelming and nothing like the German universities I had seen before. WKU seems like a self-governed city which supplies its students with everything they need. There is a church, a post office, a bookstore, a gym, grocery stores, many different fast food restaurants, ranging from Subway to a taco place, and they even have their own campus police. Probably most importantly, there is a campus-wide bus transportation system, which comes in handy when your next lecture is on the other side of this big campus. Since WKU is located on a hill, walking to wherever you need to be may leave you exhausted and quite sweaty.
            Fortunately, I was spared this experience, because my daily host had a car and preferred wheels to walking. The first lecture we went to was chemistry and I understood surprisingly much of the topic the professor was talking about. However, my boosted ego was crushed immediately afterwards, when Sigrid, a classmate from Germany, who is taking chemistry as an advanced course (LK), told me that she had covered the same topic in class the year before. The style of teaching was very teacher-centered and quite similar to what I had experienced during my semester at a high school in Texas as an exchange student. The professor had his lecture prepared on PowerPoint and talked the whole time while the students tried to copy the slides before he switched to the next one. Nevertheless, I was very impressed by the technological means provided for the teachers.
            The second lecture we attended was a German class instructed by Prof. McGee, which was the complete opposite of the lecture before. Prof. McGee let the students and the German visitors do most of the talking and only interrupted when she wanted to clarify vocabulary. Since their current topic was soccer, we spent the entire lesson trying to explain the rules of soccer and the enthusiasm of many German people for it.
            During our visit, I and some other students interested in studying medicine after school, had the opportunity of talking to Dr. Cheryl Davis, who advises pre-med students on their applications for medical school. I already knew that the study of medicine in Germany and in the US is structured differently but this conversation pointed out how different the systems are in general, not only concerning medicine. American undergraduate students, for example, may elect courses which are not necessarily related to their future profession. Angelika, a former WKU student, whom I hosted in June, for instance, took Performance and Arts courses although she majored in Journalism. I think that is a nice way of exploring one’s interests and figuring out whether one’s choice of profession is right.
            Apart from the lectures and other appointments at WKU, I did not spend a lot of time on campus, since I was staying with a girl who still attends high school. I did not mind that at all, because we got along very well and I got to go to her school’s homecoming. Furthermore, I experienced an aspect of American social and family life that I had not been familiar with before. My host family in Texas is a wealthy Catholic family with a Hispanic background; loving parents and their three daughters. In Bowling Green, I stayed with a single mother and her youngest daughter, Brooklyn, who is incredibly independent and responsible for her thirteen years of age, because her mother works all day, managing several barber shops in the area. The parents of my host family in Texas also work all day, but they are able to afford a maid. Therefore their girls, who are all older, are not nearly as responsible as Brooklyn, simply because no one expects them to be. Despite her hard work, Brook’s mother always had some time to chat and on the weekend we visited Brook’s father, an African American veteran who served several years in Germany. We all had a great time together while going bowling or horse-back riding. This stay definitely confirmed my view of most Americans as being warm-hearted, amiable and very hospitable.

This is a two-perspective report by Katie Dillinger and Sigrid Hahn

My American Adventure  (by Sigrid Hahn)
This year I participated in an exchange program between my school and Western Kentucky University (WKU) in Bowling Green. Katie and I wrote emails to each other before her June arrival in Berlin. While I hosted her for two weeks I tried to give her insights into what life is like for me as a German student.

At the end of August our group from Germany finally flew to America. Because I had never left Europe before I was very excited not only to discover another country but also to get to know a new continent. We arrived in New York on Sunday, 29th August 2010.  Before we continued our trip to Kentucky we stayed in a loft hostel in Brooklyn for three days so that we could explore one of biggest and most famous cities. We saw many interesting sights and places, e.g. “Times Square”, “The Statue of Liberty”, “Ellis Island”, “The Empire State Building”, “Central Park”, “China Town” and “Broadway”.After three days in New York we continued our trip to Kentucky. Each of us stayed with our hosts. Katie and Timothy put a lot of effort into making me feel welcome. I really enjoyed the time that we spent together while cooking “American” dishes and playing Frisbee or Tennis. One night some Canadian friends of theirs came over and we shared a lot of discussions. It was very interesting to get to know the “American” and “Canadian” perspectives towards lifestyles, culture, literature and current international affairs. One day Katie and Timothy offered me a real “American Adventure”. We went to the “Barren-River” and hiked in bare feet along the river and across an island where the grass was twice as high as we are tall.

When we reached the main stream, we jumped into the water and floated down the river, which reached a speed of 12 m.p.h. It was a lot of fun and I felt like “Huckleberry Finn” during his adventures!

I also had the opportunity to experience life at an American University while joining the classes of my daily host Jessalyn. I was even asked to give a presentation at WKU and Bowling Green High School. Furthermore, Professor Laura McGee, a professor at WKU, put a lot of effort into helping us with our special interests. She arranged a meeting for me with a Pre-med professor, who informed me about medical schools in America.


All in all it was a wonderful time in America! Katie, Timothy and I had a lot of fun together!

My Hosting Experience (by Katie Dillinger)
This summer I had the opportunity to participate in a study abroad program through Western Kentucky University. I stayed with Sigrid Hahn and her mother in Berlin. They made me feel welcome and through outings and events with her extended family I was able to gain a broader perspective on German culture and family life. Participating in this program also meant that I would have the opportunity to host Sigi in the fall. This enabled me to introduce Sigi to my lifestyle and “pay back” the kindness I experienced in Berlin. If I were to give Sigi’s stay a title, I would call it: “An American Adventure.” My boyfriend Timothy and I thoroughly enjoyed sharing some of our favorite activities, meals, and places in Bowling Green with Sigi. We cooked many meals together and this provided a time not only for exploring (my version of) “American” dishes, but also for conversations about our international perspectives. One evening two friends from Canada, Adam and Jonathan, came over for dinner and afterwards I remember watching Sigi excitingly expressing some of the things she had observed and learned from the discussions we shared. It was wonderful to see Sigi have “Ah-ha” moments about American (and Canadian) culture and perceptions, because I had the same feeling about things I learned while I was in Germany. Overall, this was a delightful week of adventures and sharing cultures!


Zwei Berichte vom Kentucky-Austausch 2009

Hosting A Student From Berlin, Germany -
Intercultural Exchange Right Here On the WKU Campus
By WKU Student Magen McCrarey and her German guest Lisa Nix
On a late humid evening in Kentucky I waited for one of the ten German students coming from Berlin that was assigned to me for the week. For most of the German students it was their first trip to the United States and they were anxious about their stay.
A white van pulled up on Big Red Way with ten travel spent students and two
enthusiastic teachers climbing out. Without hesitation I knew Lisa Nix as soon as she was approaching me, as we had been keeping in touch weeks before her visit. When Nix first met me, our teachers Ms. McGee and Mr. Schmitt immediately told us that we kind of looked like sisters, a perfect icebreaker Nix said.
Lisa Nix and Magen McCrarey
She did not seem as tired or as jet lagged as the other students who arrived, so I took her on a night tour of the campus. Nix said everything was so much bigger, modern and just cool.
She gifted me with chocolates from her homeland and thus a great friendship began. She stayed in the dorm with me and we got along just like sisters, or maybe even twins.
Getting to know Nix more, about the differences in our cultures, daily life and opinions was just the tip of the iceberg of the experience.
Our teachers took the hosts and the German students to Mammoth Cave National Park to experience the country's longest cave, more than 367 miles of passages have been mapped. Ms. McGee also took us on a hike in the woods, the students got to see a whitetail deer walk past, and wild turkeys grazing in their natural habitat. Nix thought it was great and everyone could escape the heat and high humidity of the day because in a cave the atmosphere never changes, it is a constant cool temperature.
Among visiting my classes for a day, Nix experienced freedom from a closed-in building, she experienced campus life. Getting out on her own she trekked across Western Kentucky University's campus to a couple classes that were of her interests. She introduced herself to these classes and was welcomed with great enthusiasm. The teachers were relaxed, joking around and their methods of teaching were more modern and technologically advanced than what she was used to, she said.
The German group and their teachers visited the International Center in Bowling Green and were informed about how refugees are treated in Bowling Green and how they are helping them. Nix found it very moving and interesting.
She and I attended a film at the movie theatre, sipped warm coffee at a downtown Cafe, and shopped at the local mall. She fit in like any other normal college student, and I got to share my free time enjoying her company learning about her daily life in Germany.
For example, the small town atmosphere in Bowling Green is friendly and like a family in some aspects, where in Berlin she says there are so many people and they are caught up in themselves. In Berlin she has to take a bus or subway to get around, but here in Bowling Green you either walk, bike, or drive. I believe she fell in love with Corvettes after visiting here.
Having a German class with homework, Nix served as my private tutor. More students should have a personal encounter with another culture to broaden their perspectives and mindsets. Being in a classroom is not as educational or relatable as being able to be introduced to the real thing, the culture being presented as a tangible living form.
The home stay also makes for a great contact for the future, and now I have a great friend overseas, hopefully to visit on a trip abroad in the future. Nix is excited for me to exchange the favor and visit her home and introduce me to her life that is miles away.
Field Report by WKU/SCO-Goethe exchange 2009
by Sebastian Grimm, Berlin, Germany, October 2009
The Exchange program was a great experience for me. It was the first time that I lived and studied in another country. This opportunity was educationally and culturally enriching for me. I feel that I learned much in my classes as well as through the exchange program activities and in my free time. I learned a lot in my Folklore of British Isles and Social Psychology classes. The one social psychology class I took was Policy of Prestige with Mrs. Pope-Tarrence. The instructor was very clear in her instructions and helpful answering questions, whether the questions were about course material or just some questions I had outside of class, about prestige ( How a country views itself.).
My interaction in my German class was always positive as well. My instructor in that class was very knowledgeable and encouraging. I enjoyed working with my friends’ class mates.
The WKU exchange program was arranged very well. The program co-ordinator, Dr. Laura Mc Gee, was very professional and at the same time very open towards the students. She helped me and other WKU exchange students with any problems we had and arranged excursions on which she accompanied us. These included a tour of Mammoth Cave National Park, a visit of the International Center in Bowling Green and a Corvette Plant Tour. I think the WKU exchange was an excellent mix of planned activities and free time for us and our WKU hosts to do our own explorations.
In my free time I was able to experience different characteristics of Bowling Green and other city areas, including its natural beauty (Mammoth Cave), architecture and its culture ( e.g. a special dinner at the Split Tree Barbeque ). Since this was my first time I stayed in America, this was very interesting to me. I took advantage of my free time hiking with my host Dakota and his girlfriend through Mammoth Cave and participating in the many trips that were offered by the instructor or by WKU students. I found out that WKU has a lot to offer to international students.
The exchange further broadened my perspective of the history and culture of America!