Bilingual Modules

Der vorliegende Text und die zugehörigen Materialien sind auch auf Deutsch verfügbar (hier klicken)

On this website you will find free classroom materials for a bilingual chemistry module with the topic “Alternative Fuels“, which was developed for a grade 10 class. The module has already been implemented at the Otto-Hahn-Gymnasium in Göttingen, Germany.

Short Introduction

The topic of this bilingual model is „Alternative Fuels“. The unit was created based on some principles of Lave and Wenger’s situated learning model which emphasizes the situated character of learning processes. Therefore, the unit is placed in one context which unites the different lessons and special care was taken to ensure that classroom methods promote social interactions of students.

Sequence plan

Here you can find a sequence plan for the unit (see Figure 1). The unit is comprised of four lessons each 90 minutes long. The plan details the contents of the different lesson and also lists the competences which the lessons should promote. Materials needed for each lesson are also given.

Fig. 1 - Sequence plan of the module

Lesson plans

Here you can find the lesson plans for each of the four lessons. The accompanying classroom materials can be downloaded for free under the section „Downloads“. Please note that scaffolding in the form of vocabulary translations on the information texts are in German.


Here you can download all the materials for the lessons. Please note that a good narration of the context is very important for the motivation of the students as well as the success of the unit. In order to achieve this, a PowerPoint presentation is also provided which is meant to accompany the lesson.

Complete material (ca. 20 MB)

- including sequence plane, lesson plans, Powerpoint presentations, worksheets, ...


Please do not hesitate to contact us should uncertainties or questions arise. Contact me at jana_pfefferle [at]


Sources used for creating the classroom materials are mentioned directly on the different worksheets. The following references provide the theoretical background for bilingual classes and the model of situated learning which were used at the moment of lesson planning.

[1] E. Otten, M. Wildhagen (2003). Praxis des bilingualen Unterrichts. Cornelsen: Scriptor, 18-31, 194-216. [2] J. Lave, E. Wenger (2009). Situated learning. Legitimate peripheral participation. New York: Cambridge. [3] I. Parchman (2007). “Chemie im Kontext: Situating Learning in Relevant Contexts while Systematically Developing Basic Chemical Concepts” In; J.Chem.Educ.84(9), 1439-1444. [4] Council of Europe, “Education and Languages, Language Policy” In: /linguistic/Cadre1_en.asp [20.11.2014]. [5] Niedersächsisches Kultusministerium (2007). Kerncurriculum für das Gymnasium Schuljahrgänge 5-10 Chemie. Hannover. [6] Niedersächsisches Kultusministerium (2009). Kerncurriculum für das Gymnasium Schuljahrgänge 6-10 Spanisch. Hannover.