Modern Foreign Languages


One of the six official languages of the United Nations, and the traditional language of diplomacy and commerce, French is as important a language as ever. Native speakers of French around the world number around 175 million people, rising sharply when one includes those who use it as an additional language.

A key responsibility of our language teachers is to instil a love of language learning in our pupils and to encourage them to be aware of different peoples, their cultures and their language. The long term aim therefore is that, as adults, our pupils have the confidence and the will to use their French whenever the opportunity arises.



The Spanish language is the most widely spoken Romance language, both in terms of number of speakers – there are more than 400 million Spanish speakers worldwide – and the number of countries in which it is the dominant language.

At Cranleigh Abu Dhabi, Spanish is an option for all pupils in Year 7 and above (unless pupils are taking Islamic Studies) where the aim is to provide pupils – both natives and non-native speakers – with engaging lessons through which they can immerse themselves in the Spanish language and culture. Pupils move through curriculum topics quickly and effectively to expand their lexical range, vocabulary and grammatical knowledge.