Modern Foreign Languages

In French and Spanish we have eight members of staff of whom four are native speakers. As linguists communication and sharing ideas are fundamental to teaching and learning. We have 8 dedicated teaching rooms and are in ‘B’ Block which we share with our colleagues from the Arabic Department. All our classrooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards or screens, which enable us to deliver lesson using 21st Century technology. We are very proud of our examination results and the achievements of our students every year.

The aims of the department are:

  • To produce confident and competent linguists who are excellent communicators
  • To engender a love of languages that will make MFL students 21st century learners who are adaptable, creative, and digitally competent.
  • To promote languages as a vehicle through which students learn both skills and knowledge of a wide range of subjects
  • To develop independent enquirers with transferable skills
  • To challenge our students to extend their range of language whilst supporting those who need a little extra help
  • To create life-long learners with a deep cultural understanding
  • To foster intellectual curiosity and integrity
  • To encourage risk-taking

What makes a good teacher at Dubai College?

A good teacher at Dubai College cares about their students and goes beyond what is asked of them, is passionate about their subject and teaching and learning, constantly develops their classroom practice and genuinely loves being in the classroom.

What are you trying to encourage and instil in your students?

Not to be afraid to take risks and to develop a love of languages and especially French culture.

In your opinion, what makes Dubai College special?

The students and the wonderful ancillary staff who work tirelessly in the background to help and support us all.

Who or what inspires you?

Dr Carolyn Roesler and the difference she has made to so many children at Raey in Addis Ababa

Tell us something not a lot of people know about you.

I once practised Tai Chi on the Great Wall of China

Miss E John, Head of Modern Foreign Languages

Meet the staff

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Liz John

Liz John

Titles: Head of Modern Foreign Languages
Nik Bernaz

Nik Bernaz

Titles: Second in Modern Foreign Languages, Teacher of French
Samer Zaghlowl

Samer Zaghlowl

Titles: Director of Arabic A & Islamic Studies
Sawsan Abdulhadi

Sawsan Abdulhadi

Titles: Head of Arabic B