From the first year of nursery class, children get familiarised with other languages: French and Romanian. From CP (year 2) they start learning English 1 hour a week, up to 2,5 hours a week in CM2 (year 6).
In secondary school, students have 5 to 7 hours of English and Romanian a week. In 5ème (year 8), pupils must choose a second modern language between Spanish and German that they will study 2,5 hours/week.
If they wish to study Latin or a language that they have already started learning (between Italian, Chinese or Russian), they are offered optional courses through the CNED correspondence course platform.
The education we provide is in line with the European Framework of Reference for Languages, enabling students who wish to attest their proficiency to sit international exams to obtain recognised certificates.
Our school is also an authorized exam center for the British Council and the French Institute.
EPI (enseignements pratiques interdisciplinaires) : are cross-curricular projects that link together various subjects in the school curriculum, which increases the relevance of foreign languages. For instance, our project « Graphic Novels » for children in 4ème (year 9) mixes Art with English class.
APP (actions pédagogiques pilotes) : APP are cross-curricular and multilingual projects that aim at developing students’ language skills at a high standard and being aware of language-learning strategies. For example, they can practice their public speaking and the skills of a future diplomat
Ambassadeurs en Herbe (primaire, collège, lycée) : (for students in primary and secondary school): Through “oratory tournaments”, students get a great opportunity to put their language skills into practice to discuss international and topical issues. The final competition is in English, which requires the use of sharp linguistic skills, and takes place in Paris in May at the UNESCO, after the regional selections in January.
Débats-toi (year 12) : Students debate in French and English on scientific issues. The competition is organised in January.
Bimun (for upper secondary school students): Bismun is a series of mock UN committees, known as “Model United Nations”. During a 6-day conference organised in Harleem, participants will play the role of delegates representing a state in one of the simulated bodies. They will take stances, deliver speeches, engage in debates and make decisions. They will develop specific activities of the simulated decision-making body, such as: giving speeches and supporting state positions, engaging in discussions and debates with other delegates, negotiating resolution provisions and forms : http://bismun.com/
Cinesofia : is a short film festival. Films in competition are students’ production from the South-East region of Europe. Last year, a group of pupils from our school took part in the competition with the short movie The Run available on Youtube : https://youtu.be/Rb5U09uKOME
Winston Churchill Competition : each year, our students take part in the Winston Churchill Competition, an inter-school debate competition organised by the British School of Bucharest.
Recognised language certificates
Students who wish to attest their proficiency can sit (optional) international exams to obtain recognised certificates in English, Romanian, French, Spanish or German.