Arabic at ACS
ACS offers a comprehensive Standard-Based program that aims at developing the learners’ communication skills in the Modern Standard Arabic. The Arabic Language Program implements the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages Standards and adapts the 2017 NCSSFL- ACTFL Can-Do Statements, which are the result of collaboration between the National Council of State Supervisors for Languages (NCSSFL) and the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). These Can-Do Statements reflect the continuum of growth in communication skills through the Novice, Intermediate, Advanced, Superior, and Distinguished levels for all language learners (Natives and Non-Natives).
The Arabic Language Philosophy at ACS promotes the learning of Arabic in an environment that encourages growth, with a focus on communication proficiency and the appreciation of cultures.
Arabic is compulsory from Prek to grade 5. As for Middle School and High School, students can choose Arabic as one of the elective languages. ACS students from grades 2-12 are distributed in the Arabic classes based on their language level. The language of instruction is the Modern Standard Arabic which is the official unified language across the Arab countries.
|What We Believe?||
How We Teach?
Every student can learn new languages.
We maximize the target language use in class to enhance learning.
|Using authentic materials promotes proficiency.||
We create effective and sound formative and summative assessments.
|Language proficiency occurs when students can communicate with others and convey messages.||We apply different teaching methods that suit different learning styles|
|Students can develop proficiency in an interactive and cooperative environment.||We differentiate within the same level.|
|Time and practice are crucial components in learning languages.||We utilize a thematic teaching approach.|
|Language-learners should be partners in their own intellectual growth.||We collaborate in planning, data analysis and reflection.|
|Each student has a different learning style.||We deliver a workshop approach.|
|Culture and language are interdependent.||We engage in ongoing professional development.|
|Students should investigate and interact with cultural practices and products to help them understand perspectives.||We ask probing questions.We use constructive and positive language with students.|
|Student data drives our instructional improvement.||We provide time for reflection.|
|Language learning encourages students to participate in a global society.||We provide timely feedback to students.|
|Reflection is essential for student growth, and mistakes are valuable in the reflection process.||We use authentic and real life situations to promote communication.|