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Modern Foreign Languages

‘The study of a modern foreign language encourages an understanding of cultural differences, tolerance and awareness of other ways of life, as well as developing communication skills and understanding of language which hopefully will stay with pupils for the rest of their lives,’ (National Curriculum Document).

At BSM we like to think that we prepare young people for the challenges of an international world. We all know very well that English is not the only language available and being able to communicate effectively with people from different countries and cultures is hugely important.

With over 6700 languages on Earth spoken by more than 100 million people there is no way we could learn them all. At BSM we learn French, Spanish, German and Arabic; languages we feel will benefit young people as they make their way in the world.

‘Language is the road map of a culture. It tells you where its people come from and where they are going,’
Rita Mae Brown.

Our Modern Foreign Language Teachers

Anis Bakir

Mairi Smart

Sarah Campbell

 Melissa Al-Koubaisy

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Anne Hassan

Joseph Mehrabian

Tim Weir


How is MFL taught at BSM?

The teachers in BSM's MFL department are passionate about their languages. They enjoy conversing with people all over the world and always try to bring this love of language learning into their lessons. The MFL department has Six rooms, all bright and colourful and conducive to the learning of languages. We focus on all four skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing.

Our aims are simple:

  • To develop the ability to use French, Spanish, Arabic and German effectively for the purposes of practical communication;
  • To foster an understanding and awareness of other countries and cultures, their people and way of life;
  • To encourage positive attitudes to foreign language learning and to speakers of foreign languages, and a sympathetic approach to other cultures and civilizations;
  • To offer a sense of achievement, intellectual stimulation and enjoyment.

‘Learning another language is not only learning different words for the same things, but learning
another way to think about things,’ Flora Lewis.