The EBIS German Department

“The one who does not know foreign languages knows nothing of his own.”
(Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

Learning German as a second foreign language is a key feature of the Curriculum at EBIS starting from Key Stage 1/Year 1. Not only has it been found that an early start in foreign language learning will develop the linguistic competences and intercultural abilities and learning strategies of young pupils. It is fun, too. Films, audio resources, and multimedia are used regularly to enhance the curriculum taught, exposing the students to authentic materials. Therefore, the approach to learning and teaching German at our school is active, enjoyable and very successful.

The support by Goethe Institute and the PASCH initiative promotes a rising quality in learning and teaching at our German department. The “Schools: Partners for the Future” (PASCH) initiative creates a global network of more than 1,800 PASCH schools with particular ties to Germany. The Goethe-Institute supports around 550 PASCH schools of over 100 countries. The initiative is designed to arouse and sustain young people’s interest in and enthusiasm for modern-day Germany, German society and the German language.

At Key stage 1&2 students learn the basics and the foundation is laid. Starting from key stage 3 students will take part in the language examinations of the Goethe Institute on the six-level scale of competence laid down in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

YEAR 7: In Year 7 German, students learn how to make introductory conversations and give information about themselves. They learn how to present details about their school, hobbies, family and home town. Furthermore students have the choice to attend the Goethe-Certificate A1. It certifies that candidates have acquired very basic language skills and corresponds to the first level (A1). Passing the exam demonstrates that you can

• ask and reply to simple questions as well as make and respond to requests,
• write about yourself and others using simple expressions and sentences,
• understand conversations and texts about familiar topics.

YEAR 8: In Year 8 German, students learn how to discuss past holidays and give opinions about TV and films. They learn how to conduct transactions in town, how to lead a healthy life and how to express what illness they have. Furthermore students have the choice to attend the Goethe-Certificate A2. It certifies that candidates have acquired basic language skills and corresponds to the second level (A2). Passing the exam demonstrates that you can

• understand and use sentences and common expressions in everyday situations,
• make yourself understood in simple, routine situations requiring an exchange of information on familiar and common topics,
• describe your background and education, immediate surroundings and other matters associated with your immediate needs, in a simple way.

YEAR 9: In Year 9 German, students learn how to present information about their use of technology and media. They learn how to express their plans for the future. They compare school life here and in a German speaking country. They also learn how to discuss the environment in German. Furthermore students have the choice to attend the Goethe-Certificate B1. It certifies that candidates are independent users of the German language and corresponds to the third level (B1).

The support by Goethe Institute and PASCH brings us many other advantages and benefits, like

• scholarship for students: Every summer there is the chance for students with good results in A2-Goethe-Certificate to take a scholarship for 3 weeks summer course in Germany.
• Competition between other PASCH schools in Cairo, like debating, reading and writing.
• Artistic activities, like singing with the PASCH choir at a big concert and workshops with German musicians.
• Cultural projects, like learning history and visiting the historical places. Here actual: ‘The Mediterranean project’
• Promotion of girls in STEM, like ‘Girls Day’
• Pasch-net: The International learning community is the website for the “Schools: Partners for the Future” initiative (PASCH). Here you will find a presentation platform, exchange projects, opportunities for learning German, cooperative learning, student projects e.g. with Instagram: #Ebis_Cairo.
• Exchange programs, like ‘1 year Germany’ for high school students in cooperation with Goethe & YFU organization.
• Teachers training and workshop at Goethe Institute and at German high schools to keep up with the latest teaching methods and materials.

It is said that Germany is the country of poets and thinkers – Das Land der Dichter und Denker. There is definitely no denying the second part. A large percentage of the world’s most impressive achievements were first conceived of in German. So learning German is a very good choice not just from a linguistic point of view, but also in terms of economic opportunity, networking potential and cultural gain. German is a worthwhile choice.

“Everything we encounter leaves traces behind.
Everything contributes imperceptibly to our education.”
(Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

German Department Staff List

  • Ms. Mona El Kadi
  • Ms. Mariam Farouk
  • Ms. Dalia Hamza
  • Ms. Menna Hendawy
  • Ms. Carola Mansour
  • Ms. Yara Mohamed Saleh Ibrahim


In Primary, French is introduced from year 1 as a further language for our students – in most cases their thirdlanguage.

The programmes of study used and implemented help the pupils reach high standards of reading, writing and speaking the French language fluently. They are delivered using different strategies and approaches to cater for different ability pupils and all learning styles.

Teachers consistently use ICT as Power Points, songs, videos and academic CDs along with manipulative, educational games and interactive activities, French stories and sometimes drama. Less able pupils are given French support lessons with Individual Educational Plans (IEP’s) at times and more able pupils are challenged to study for the Delf (Diplome d’etudes en langue Française), sit for the examination and to get certified according to their levels from the French Ministry of Education through the French Cultural Centre in Cairo.

Pupils are being assessed every term using summative assessments to track their levels and progress. They also go through constant formative assessments during the lessons as AfL and to inform their planning and teaching to ensure pupils are being taught effectively.



Hassiba Bensmira

Primary French Head


Welcome to the Secondary French Department page.

As Head of Department this year, I manage the smooth-running of day-to-day activities of the three years groups in the Key Stage. Our team: CarineBasily, Christine Samuel and Mirna Kamel, work together to promote the French language and develop a passion for the language. This year the course book and additional materials used have been carefully selected to match the National Curriculum of England KS3 MFL objectives, in addition to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Bearing in mind continuity and progression, the course has been designed to deliver the objectives in preparation for the IGCSE curriculum. Listening, reading, writing and speaking are all practiced to give the student a wealth of knowledge of the French language. Students are able to express opinions and convey their point of view on a range of topics. Each and every student in KS3 has their own portfolio for the subject and self-evaluation forms are filled in with targets after each unit assessed. This allows the student to identify points of strength and weakness.

Our new support system has meant that students who are struggling in French are catered for and in many cases the support has enabled these students to join mainstream classes, after meeting the required targets.


DELF (Optional)

This year we have introduced the Diplômed’étude en Langue Française (DELF) which is the official French language diploma awarded by France’s Ministry of National Education; it is recognized worldwide.  This is an optional course offered by our teachers after school in preparation for the assessments.  Students are awarded with a certificate at each level.  There has been considerable interest in the achieving the certificate this year with nearly 60 students opting for it.


Madame: Haidy Samir

Head of French Departement kS3/KS4

Secondary French Department Staff List

  • Ms. Najet Ameri
  • Ms. Marina Barba
  • Ms. Carine Basily
  • Ms. Hassiba Bensmira
  • Ms. Maria Bensmira
  • Ms. Christine Benyamin
  • Ms. Feryel El Hassani
  • Ms. Mary Habib
  • Ms. Mary Habib
  • Ms. Shaimaa Hashem
  • Ms. Sandy Saad Zaghloul
  • Ms. Mirna Sami
  • Ms. Sherine Shaker