The acquisition of foreign languages is a decisive prerequisite for developing intercultural skills. Preparing for authentic language encounters is therefore the overriding goal of foreign language teaching in the lower and upper secondary levels of our grammar school.
Two foreign languages for high school graduation
To acquire the Abitur, i.e. the general university entrance qualification, two foreign languages are required.
At the Mentora Gymnasium, the first foreign language is for all students English and the 2nd foreign language Spanish. Both foreign languages can be taken up to the Abitur.
Competencies in modern foreign languages
The level at which students were taught in modern foreign languages until the end of their school days is certified on the Abitur certificate. The level levels of the Common European Framework of Reference (GeR) specified there serve to determine competencies when studying abroad and are determined on the basis of European agreements by the Conference of Ministers of Education of the Federal Republic of Germany.
The following overview illustrates the levels to be achieved. The prerequisite is the achievement of grade 4 at the end of the school year.
||Foreign language start
||Level at the end of year 10
||Level at the end of Q 2 (year 11)
||Level at the end of Q 4 (Vintage 12)
||from year (1) / 3
||B2 / C1
||from year 7
||B2 / C1
Foreign language English
English is the mother tongue, official language and lingua franca of hundreds of millions of people in many countries around the world. By learning the English language, the pupils have the opportunity to deal with the cultural, social, political and economic realities in Anglophone countries in a differentiated manner, in particular with those in Great Britain, Ireland, the USA, Canada and Australia.
Foreign language Spanish
Spanish is spoken by 572 million people on four continents and is therefore one of the most widely spoken languages in the world alongside Mandarin and English. The Spanish language opens up access to very different European and non-European cultures. It offers insights into the regional diversity of the Iberian Peninsula and into the traditions, cultures and politically heterogeneous societies of the Latin American countries in which Spanish is spoken. Spanish is also becoming increasingly important as a world trade and conference language.
In addition to Arabic, Chinese, English, French and Russian, Spanish is the UN language and the official and lingua franca of many other international organizations. Knowledge of the Spanish language is therefore a key to various professional perspectives.