English is at the heart of learning at The British School. All subjects (apart from foreign languages) are taught through the medium of English and English is the working language of the school, with students and staff being expected to speak English at all times. We have extremely high expectations of all our students and, on leaving school, students will have attained a very good level of both the spoken and written language. At the end of Year 10, all students take IGCSE English as a Second Language and at the end of Year 11 all students take IGCSE First Language English. In addition, IGCSE English Literature is a compulsory subject. Each year a small number of students take AS and/or A2 level English Language or Literature. All of the external exams taken in English are Cambridge International Examinations.
Although formal examinations are important, we also make the learning of English enjoyable. Common features of all lessons are role play, group work, discussions, hot-seating and debating. Students also take part in at least one drama production per year. We have well-stocked libraries in all departments and students are very much encouraged to make good use of these facilities. In addition, IT is used to support student learning. We take every opportunity to invite visiting speakers into the classroom and to take students to any relevant events being held in Alexandria or Cairo. In addition, students in the Senior School take part in the annual BSME Debating Competition held in Bahrain and this gives our students the opportunity to practise their debating skills in a competitive, yet friendly, manner. We hold workshops at various points during the year both to inform parents about any developments and to advise them how best to support their children with English.
In summary, English is an extremely important part of students’ lives at The British School, reflecting the importance of the language in the world in which we live.