Learning to speak and understand a foreign language provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience and encourages students to embrace a global outlook. The skills to speak a foreign language equips students for fulfilling careers with an international dimension.
Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) enriches the British school curriculum by promoting initiative, confidence, creativity, intercultural sensitivity and independent learning. The languages we offer are French, German, Spanish and Mandarin. MFL is a compulsory subject from Year 3 to Year 11 (Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 4), and students can choose to study French, German, Spanish or Mandarin at IGCSE/GCSE and A-Level.
We also fully support those students with a strong knowledge of languages other than English, enabling them to sit international examinations to certify their proficiency. The British School of Bucharest students have recently successfully studied IGCSEs/GCSEs and A-Levels in Portuguese, Arabic, Russian, Greek, Italian and Japanese.
In Secondary, students learn to manipulate the language and go beyond mere imitation towards more natural use. Students learn through role-plays simulating real-life situations, research projects, presentations and interviews with native speakers. For example, cross-curricular links with other subjects in the British school curriculum (History, Art, Geography, Music and Mathematics) reinforce the relevance of foreign languages. We focus on enabling students to take authorship of their learning by developing independent learning skills and being aware of language-learning strategies.
Events outside the classroom highlight the intercultural dimension of language learning. Every year we organise trips abroad to provide students with an excellent opportunity to experience foreign languages `in action`.
Key Stage 3
Key Stage 4
Elisabeth CitronHead of MFL
Elisabeth Citron is a French and Italian graduate of Jesus College, Cambridge.
Having joined the British School of Bucharest in 2012 as a Modern Languages teacher, she is now the Head of the MFL Faculty. Following graduation and a PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education), Elisabeth spent many years teaching French and German in a highly selective grammar school in London, where she was also Coordinator for Key Stage 3 and Language Exchanges. Elisabeth moved abroad with her family in 2006 to work at Harrow International School in Bangkok, Thailand, where she spent seven years teaching both French and English as a second language.
Kim McCallumTeacher of MFL
Kim McCallum joined the British School of Bucharest in 2019.
He studied Spanish and French at London South Bank University and gained his PGCE certificate in 1997. He started his teaching career at the Repton School, Derbyshire, where he introduced Spanish to the school’s curriculum and was the French and Spanish teacher for 20 years.
Ben RoachTEACHER OF MFL
Ben joined BSB in 2023. He graduated from the University of Cardiff with a degree in French in 2001. He spent a couple of years in the travel industry, exploring France by bike and learning to ski, before completing a secondary Modern Foreign Languages PGCE at Birmingham University in 2003.
Ben has taught for 20 years in the UK school system, as well as British International schools in Cyprus, the Philippines and Romania. He has spent the majority of his career as Head of Modern Foreign Language departments, leading on curriculum development, teaching and learning and staff training. Ben has taught French to students from Year 4 to Year 13 and has extensive experience of the GCSE, A-level and IB courses.
Ben enjoys playing an active role in school life by running residential trips, coaching sports teams and playing the saxophone in school bands and orchestras.
Dorothea DraserTeacher of MFL & KS3 MFL Coordinator
Dorothea Draser joined BSB in 2006 as a teacher of German and Spanish.
She graduated from Heidelberg University (Germany) with an MA in German, English and Spanish languages and literature. She studied abroad at Universidad de Chile (Chile) and University of Augsburg (Germany), as well as in Babes Bolyai University (Cluj-Napoca, Romania). She gained her PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) from Sunderland University. She believes in lifelong learning and has expanded her knowledge of languages by learning French, Greek and some Mandarin Chinese as a hobby. She led the school’s MFL department for several years before going on maternity leave.
Paloma Vivar DuranTeacher of MFL
Paloma Vivar holds an MBA in Business Administration from the University of La Salle in Barcelona and a Master in Advanced Teaching Skills from the Universidad Camilo José Cela in Madrid.
She is a certified DELE examiner by the Cervantes Institute and Executive Coach, specialising in teenagers and families.
For the past 19 years, she has dedicated her professional career to private companies in management positions within the financial and management control departments. For more than five years, she has been teaching Economics and Spanish, as well as emotional management and guidance of students through coaching through various programs.
Carina SchaberTEACHER OF MFL
Carina Schaber has joined BSB in 2023 as a Teacher of German and Spanish.
She graduated from the University of Vienna with a Master of Philosophy in English and Spanish for Secondary Education. After having spent time in Spain and England during her studies, she decided to go abroad again and obtained a PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) in Modern Foreign Languages at the University of Brighton.
She spent the last three years teaching Spanish and German at Bedford School, an independent boys’ boarding and day school in the UK.
Yangyang LiuTEACHER OF MFL
Sarah PorterHead of Secondary EAL, Teacher of MFL
Sarah Porter joined the British School of Bucharest in 2013 as an EAL and Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) teacher.
She holds a BA in Modern Languages and an MA in Russian. Sarah previously taught French to Years 3 to 5 at a Preparatory School in North London.