We are all blessed to live in the UAE where our children have the opportunity to learn Arabic from a very early age (SVS STARTERS onwards). Our lessons are compulsory and aligned to the MOE curriculum for both Arabic A students (Native Arabic speakers) and Arabic B students (Non-native Arabic speakers).
We pride ourselves in going beyond the curriculum to bring Arabic alive in lessons so that students are engaged in their learning through regular opportunities for students to speak in, and listen to, classical Arabic (Al fos’ha) and conversational Arabic.
We subscribe to both ‘I READ ARABIC’ (Native speakers) and ‘I START ARABIC’ (non-native speakers); two online programmes which create a bespoke reading path for every child.
The children write in almost all Arabic lessons every week, with half-termly opportunities to write extended pieces.
Whilst we do differentiate in lessons based on the needs of students, we also group Arabic B students in-line with the number of years they have studied Arabic to add an extra layer of support to their early learning needs.
The four elements of learning Arabic (speaking, listening, reading and writing) are also at the core of the regular homework we send to all students from Yr 2 upwards. Additionally, we produce a transliteration sheet alongside every unit of work in Arabic B that we send home to support the parents to support their children develop as learners of Arabic.