About this page
The purpose of this website is to provide English teaching material for bilingual biology classes on the topic of Conservation Biology.
Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL)
In the past few years, more and more secondary schools in Germany have started to offer bilingual education programs. The European Commission has named this concept Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL). To find out more about CLIL, please click here. Students that decide to participate in such programs have the opportunity to study subjects like history, social sciences, geography or biology in their second language (which in most cases is English, French or Spanish). What subject is taught in which language depends on the individual schools. In other cases, teachers choose to just teach a certain unit in a secondary language. Biology is the most frequently taught science in CLIL programs; the year in which students can visit bilingual biology classes varies from 7th to 12th grade.
Conservation Biology and Education For Sustainable Development (ESD)
In 2002, the general assembly of the United Nations declared 2005-2014 the UN decade of Education For Sustainable Development (ESD), making ESD a primary educational goal of all nations. This means teaching younger generations a greater environmental awareness and the importance of sustainability, as well as helping them aquire the necessary skills to work towards a sustainable future. Conservation Biology and Conservation Ecology are becoming increasingly popular classes at colleges and universities, but many conservation biologists are advocating to incorporate Conservation Biology into the lesson plans of middle schools and high schools as well.
The teaching materials on this website
The materials on this website are not designed as a consecutive unit on Conservation Biology. Because it varies from school to school and state to state in which grade bilingual biology classes are introduced, teachers are welcome to make whatever necessary adaptations to the worksheets and other material provided in order to make them suitable for their classes. For this reason, most of the material is available as a word file rather than a PDF file. While creating the teaching material, I tried to incorporate popular learning methods and techniques recommended by experienced bilingual teachers, as well as to include important learning objectives in conservation education.