Arabic was introduced for pupils at BSM in September 2013. We hope that by learning the language of our host country BSM pupils will be even better equipped to explore and discover Oman.

The new programme allows us to build on our highly successful senior school Arabic enhancement days and is founded on positive feedback from pupils and parents. Children in Years 4 – 6 have one 30 minute Arabic session a week.

“I am enjoying the Arabic lessons! My teacher is so helpful, when I first came here I thought it would be really difficult, it actually wasn’t. I really appreciate having these lessons as they are really useful and helpful.” Year 6 pupil


Our Arabic Teachers

Anis Bakir


Mairi Smart



Arabic Teacher   mairi-smart   oryx-arabic

How is Arabic taught at BSM?

At BSM we teach the Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) form of the language.

Arabic is taught as a Modern Foreign Language (MFL) using a communicative approach:

  • Classes focus on conversational Arabic;
  • Topics reflect those taught in French and what pupils feel will be useful and interesting;
  • Sessions are based on in-house, tailor-made resources.

Lessons are taught in dedicated classrooms providing a stimulating environment with a wealth of Arabic displays and artefacts.

In-class learning is extended through a varied enrichment programme including:

  • After-school clubs;
  • Trips to practise Arabic in real life situations. For example, in December 2013 Year 8 went to Nizwa to practise shopping in the Souk;
  • Focus days such as International Day where we ran a variety of activities in an Omani majlis tent.

Pupils are assessed and levelled according to the MFL national curriculum similar to French and German.
Pupils who are fluent in Arabic act as language ambassadors supporting their peers.

What will pupils learn?

Topics include:

  • Greetings;
  • Myself and my family;
  • School life;
  • Home and surroundings;
  • At the doctor;
  • Out and about, shopping, etc.;
  • Hobbies, Sports, Entertainment;
  • Holidays and travelling.

How can you help your child?


An Arabic ‘learning space’ has been developed on the VLE to support pupils in their learning. Audio clips and other resources are uploaded to enable pupils to review and consolidate the learning that takes place in lessons. Further resources are available for pupils to extend their interest in reading and writing.

Out & About

The best way for children to develop confidence is to apply their learning in real life. Please encourage your child to practise speaking Arabic (greeting, formalities, shopping, bargaining, etc.) when out in Muscat.

Greeting Assalamu alaykum
Response Wa alaykumus salaam
How are you? Kayfa haaluka? (to a male)
Kayfa haaluke? (to a female)
I'm fine Ana be-khayr
Thanks Shukran
You're welcome Afwan
Goodbye - literally meaning 'with peace' Ma'as salaamah