The MFL department at the British School is an expanding department offering French as a Foreign language from Years 1 to 13 and German as a Foreign Language from Year 10. French is a compulsory subject from Years 1 to 9 and then students can then opt to take IGCSE from Year 10 and A level from Year 12. Learning a language is not only about learning the intricacies of the language, it also about embracing the culture of the country where the language is spoken. Films, audio resources and multi media are used regularly to enhance the curriculum taught, exposing the students to authentic materials. Therefore, the approach to learning and teaching French and German at our school is active, enjoyable and very successful.
French is the third language of the school and the programme studied is based on the expectations for British schools. Students are not in a bilingual programme so are not expected to be fluent in French. However, because of the geographical and historical situation of Alexandria, the aim of the programme is for students to be able to communicate efficiently in French, to a higher standard than would be expected in England and so students should be able to communicate confidently and effectively in French in a range of situations. For French the examinations boards is Cambridge International Examination and for German Edexcel.