Teaching | Linz International School Auhof (LISA)


Teaching 1Austrian and international curriculum: LISA implements two curricula, the Austrian national AHS curriculum in and the IB Diploma programme. Students with a sufficient German ability can graduate with both the Matura and the IB Diploma. All LISA students are prepare to complete the IB Diploma. Graduates can continue their education at a university.
English is used as a language of instruction in all subjects: In the first school year (class 1) teachers use bilingual teaching in German and English. English teaching materials are adapted by the teachers to suit the difficulty level of the students. In the senior classes, pupils work with authentic resources.
Use of English teaching materials: To provide for an authentic language experience, we provide teaching materials originally written in English, which we import from the US and GB.
Use of language assistants: They encourage students to try out new words and structures. These situations promote natural conversation with native speakers and the students have the opportunity to practice English in practically all of the subjects.
After-school activities: These are extra-curricular activities, such as sports, which are offered to all students.Social skills program: This program of the lower classes supports students in strengthening the class community. 

LISA Languages and Economics

In order to meet the interests of the different students better, we offer two school branches: LISA Languages and Economics. Both branches are general educational. Students do not have to decide right at the beginning which curriculum to follow, but have time until the end of the first semester in year 2. The two curricula will start in year 3.

LISA Languages: Students will graduate with a total of four languages, where German, English and French are mandatory and with a choice of Spanish, Italian or Latin. These students therefore have a little less of the natural sciences.

LISA Economics: Students will graduate with a total of three languages, where German and English are mandatory, and with a choice of French, Spanish, Italian or Latin. There is a stronger focus on the natural sciences and Economics in the upper classes.


LISA Academy

The LISA Academy Program is offered in the last two years of the school career. It is a program for those students, who are not able to complete the Austrian Matura due to German language inability. To cover the costs of this program, higher school membership fee is imposed.

Six IB subjects: The students will choose their 6 IB Diploma subjects.

Sports: Physical education is a mandatory subject.

Third language: Besides the two IB Languages, the students have to complete a third language, which is in most cases Spanish. Students who only speak two languages will receive a beginner’s course in Spanish.


Learning German

As a school with English as a language of instruction, learning German is especially important. Students will receive a level of German appropriate to their ability. While every student is required to attend a German course appropriate to their level, we do not require previous language knowledge in German. We offer German beginner courses also for older students. Please refer to the LISA Language policy for more detailed information.

Preparing for the Austrian Matura exam: Students who want to complete the Austrian Matura, must attend the German courses (at mother-tongue level).

German as a foreign language: We offer up to nine different German as a foreign language courses in six different academic levels.


Mother tongue languages in the IB-Diploma Program

All LISA students have to declare a first language. This can either be German, English or one of the 51 recognized IB languages. Students who have German or English as a first language will receive an appropriate course during school time. Students who have another first language will receive support by the school to maintain their mother tongue abilities on an academic level so that they can complete the IB Diploma program. All exams, with the exception of the languages are in English.

Example: For example a student who only speaks Mandarin Chinese as a first language and English will receive:

  1. Tutoring support to maintain the Chinese ability
  2. English as a foreign language lessons in school
  3. A German as a foreign language beginner’s course in school