Bilingual teaching in Hungary: An example of the use of CLIL in successfully motivating language learning in bilingual sections

Author(s): European Schoolnet
Institution/Organisation: Karinthy Frigyes Gimnázium (HU)


The school, opened in 1987, is a highly selective, academic secondary school of 650 pupils in a suburb of Budapest, Hungary. Nearly 100% of its students are accepted at university and the World Bank has sponsored it for participation in the International Baccalaureate. From the outset the school has taken part in the national bilingual programme. There are two bilingual sections in the school using CLIL methodology, a Hungarian-English bilingual section, in which there are some 350 students, and a Hungarian-German bilingual section with some 150 students. Following intensive language courses in the first year, the students study all core subjects through the medium of English or German. Spanish, German, French and Russian are taught as second foreign languages. The school has a clear commitment to an international outward looking curriculum in which languages are an essential component. Central to that component is the use of CLIL. Many of the most prestigious universities in Europe and North America have offered places and scholarships to students from the school and results in examinations are exceptional.

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