The five-year long bilingual program consists of intensive language training which enables students to study subjects in English, graduate successfully according to the requirements of the Slovak Ministry of Education, and at the same time be successful in gaining language certificates that are accepted in the EU and the USA.

BILINGUAL PROGRAM IN THE FRESHMAN YEAR:

Educational aims:

  • Intensive language preparation,
  • Development of basic language skills (reading and listening, writing and speaking),
  • Study of language as a tool for communication,
  • Language instruction in a meaningful context, interconnection of language and life,
  • Adaptation to the system of study at a bilingual high school (testing, percentage assessment).

 

The weekly allocation of English Language classes in the Freshman year is 13 hours. Within this time frame, students take the following subjects:

  • Course Book – English Language
  • Grammar
  • Speaking
  • Public Speaking
  • Literature and Writing
  • Global Studies
  • Learning skills

Students are divided into three classes, and within their class are further subdivided into groups (A-F) based on their performance on the Placement Test – an English language test (written and oral) taken after the admission exams.

Students will take a so called Track Test to re-test their English language skills at the end of the first semester. Although students receive a grade in their homework section for this test, the test result serves mainly as feedback for both students and teachers.

Students take the Summer Semester Test (SST) at the end of the school year (2.semester). This test consists of the following parts: listening, reading, grammar, vocabulary, writing and speaking. The Summer Semester Test makes up 30% of the overall grade for English Language.

Based on each subject’s percentage share in the overall grade for English Language, the students receive one overall grade at the end of each semester.

1.semester

2.semester

1.semester

2.semester

 

ABCD

ABCD

EF

EF

CB (+GR)

35%

25%

25%

15%

GR

30%

15%

SP/PS

15%

10%

15%

LW

25%

15%

25%

15%

LS

5%

5%

5%

5%

GS

20%

15%

20%

SST

30%

30%

 

BILINGUAL PROGRAM IN THE SOPHOMORE – SUPER-SENIOR YEAR (2-5)

From the Sophomore to Super Senior year, the number of the actual English language lessons is reduced to 5 – 6 hours per week, and these are further divided as follows:

Sophomore Year (5 hours/week):

  • Course book- English language (Global Advanced, units 1-6).
  • American Literature – American literature and American studies.

At the end of the second semester, students will present an end-of semester English language project that makes up 15% of the final grade for English language.

Based on each subject’s percentage share in the overall grade for English Language, the students receive one overall grade at the end of each semester.

1.semester

1.semester

2.semester

2.semester

 

BILG

YM

BILG

YM

CB

40%

60%

40%

45%

ALI

60%

40%

45%

40%

PROJECT

15%

15%

 

Junior Year (5 hours/week):

  • Course book – English language (text book Life Upper-Intermediate, units 7-12).
  • British Literature – British literature and British studies.

Students will re-take the so called Track Test to re-test their English language skills at the end of the first semester. Although students receive a grade in their homework section for this test, the test result serves mainly as feedback for both students and teachers.

At the end of the second semester, students will take an end-of the school year test, a so called Aptis Test, administered by the British Council lectors. This test is at B2 level, and consists of the following parts: grammar, vocabulary, and speaking. The test makes up 20% of the overall grade for English Language. 

Based on each subject’s percentage share in the overall grade for English Language, the students receive one overall grade at the end of each semester.

1.semester

2.semester

CB

40%

30%

BLI + BS

60%

50%

SST (BC)

20%

Senior Year (6 hours/week):

  • Course book – English Language (text book Advanced Expert, Units 1-8) – preparation for the written part of the maturita exam and for the CAE exam.
  • Critical Reading and Writing – preparation for the written and oral part of the maturita exam focused on critical thinking and argumentation.

Students take the Summer Semester Test (SST) at the end of the school year (2.semester). This test is at C1 level and consists of the following parts: listening, reading, grammar, vocabulary, writing, and speaking. The Summer Semester Test makes up 20% of the overall grade for English Language.

Based on each subject’s percentage share in the overall grade for English Language, the students receive one overall grade at the end of each semester.

1.semester

2.semester

     

CB

65%

55%

CRW

35%

25%

SST

20%

Super-Senior Year (5 hours/week):

  • Course book – English Language (text book Cambridge Objective Advanced, units 17-25) – preparation for the written part of the maturita exam and for the CAE exam. After having taken the written part of the maturita exam (mid March), the students revise their materials, and practice for the oral part of the maturita exam
  • Revision Seminar – preparation for the oral part of the maturita and state language exams, and for building vocabulary.

Students will take a so called Winter Semester Test (WST) at the end of the first semester. The test is at C1 level, and consists of the following parts: listening, reading, grammar, vocabulary and writing. The test makes up 30% of the overall grade for English Language.

Based on each subject’s percentage share in the overall grade for English Language, the students receive one overall grade at the end of each semester.

1.semester

2.semester

     

CB

40%

60%

RS

30%

40%

WST

30%

Students will take the maturita exams at the C1 level. Additionally, thanks to our cooperation with the Language School at 38 Palisady, our students also have the opportunity to apply for a basic (B2 level) or general state language (C1) examination.

English Language Test Dates:

Freshmen (Grade 1):

Until February 23, 2018 –  Track Test B1.

May 17, 2018 – Summer Semester Test : Writing.

June 6, 2018 – Summer Semester Test: Listening, Reading, Grammar.

June 19-20, 2018 –  Summer Semester Test: Speaking.

Sophomores (Grade 2):

April 27, 2018 – deadline for project submission – written part.

May 28, 2018 – deadline for project submission – video part.

Juniors (Grade 3)

until February 23, 2018 –  Track Test B2.

June 19-20, 2018 – Aptis Test at the British Council.

Seniors (Grade 4)

May 17, 2018 – Summer Semester Test : Writing.

June 6, 2018 – Summer Semester Test: Listening, Reading, Grammar.

Super-Seniors (Grade 5)

December 7, 2017 – C1 Winter Semester Test: Listening, Reading, Grammar, Writing.