Introduction to English

Introduction to English language learning at the European School

Learning Cycles

Secondary school English classes at the European School of Strasbourg are organised in three cycles over a seven-year period from S1 to S7.

The first cycle from S1 to S3 is an observation cycle during which pupils can consolidate both the linguistic and life long learning competences set down in the English syllabus and build on them in order to facilitate choices of options for later cycles.

The second cycle from S4 to S5 is a preparatory cycle for the European Baccalaureate with pupils pursuing the consolidation of their competences and choices for the European Baccalaureate as well as being placed in examination situations.

The third cycle from S6 and S7 constitutes the veritable preparation of the European Baccalaureate. The marks received for in-class work and for assignments count toward the final Baccalaureate mark.

During these three cycles, the objectives and activities revolve around speaking, reading, writing, listening and the study of language.

For further information, please refer to the attached PDFs

Language Sections and Foreign Languages

Pupils choose to belong to either the French, German or English language section. The section of their choice determines their first language which is termed L1.

As well as enrolling in a first language of their choice, pupils also study a second language referred to as L2. The required level from the Common European Framework of Reference is A2 (see link below).
Study of the third language, called L3, begins in S2. Pupils are required to possess the level A1 as set down in the European Framework of Reference.
It is possible for pupils to begin a fourth language known as L4 in S3.

This learning process is reinforced by the teaching of history and geography in the second language as from S3.

Common European Framework Reference Levels 
Basic Proficiency Levels : Ref. : 2013-08-D-11-en-1

Advanced English Courses

As from S6, students have the opportunity to enrol in an Advanced English course. The English Language 1 Advanced syllabus is grounded in the English Language I syllabus which sets out the knowledge, understanding and skills students should develop progressively in the subject in each of the three secondary cycles. An advanced English course is also available to L2 pupils as from S6.

The possibility to enrol in an advanced English course is an advantage for those wishing to enrol in further education institutions in English-speaking countries.

For further information, please refer to the attached PDFs


In years 1-2-3, the term or semester mark and the final mark reflect all the observations and results available to the teacher of the subject concerned.

In years 4-7, the semester mark comprises two components, an ‘A’ mark which is the reflection of all the observations and of the pupil’s overall performance, both written and oral and a ‘B’ mark corresponding in years 4 and 6, to the marks obtained in the examinations and tests ; in year 5, to the marks obtained in the examinations (1st semester) and in the harmonised evaluation examinations (2nd semester).

In year 7, the system of continuous assessment is pursued including pre-Bac orals for L1 and L2 students.

 For the final baccalaureate exam which takes place in June and July, L1 and L2 candidates sit for a written and an oral exam. Third language pupils sit for either an oral or a written exam.

Websites for information Programs for all Languages

Extra-curricular Activities

The English teaching program is supplemented by exchanges, sporting and artistic activities, trips and outings.

Pupils are also able to develop their competences through belonging to the student board, clubs or volunteering to organize the school newspaper.

The European School of Strasbourg, a fledgling Type 2 school dependant on local authorities, will proudly present its first candidates for the European baccalaureate in 2014.