Course Outline for Key Stage 3
We appreciate that all students will have different levels of prior knowledge of the Arabic language and this will be taken into account by setting in this key stage.
Our main aim in Year 7 is to get students comfortable with reading and writing the Arabic language. By the end of the first term, students have finished learning the alphabet, are able to join letters into words and break up words into separate letters. With each letter they learn, students start forming their own ‘dictionary’ to improve their vocabulary. After learning these basics, students are taught topics such as numbers, days of the week, months, animals, colours, food ordering at restaurants, describing people and places, learning about road directions and instructions and occupations.
By the end of the Year, they should be able to write a basic essay in Arabic which should include lots of personal information such as name, nationality, age, parent’s names, school, the food and drink they like, pets and something about the place they live in.
In Year 8, the grammar structure is developed to include possessives and the conjugation of the present tense. Vocabulary is deepened so that students learn greetings at different times of the day; they can identify parts of the face, school items, house roms and daily routine. By the end of the Year, they should be able to: ask and respond to various questions about countries and capitals; fill in an immigration form; tell the time; discuss the hobbies and activities that they do in their leisure time. They are also introduced to restaurants and food items and learn how to express their opinions about likes and dislikes.
In Year 9, students are taught the past tense and they learn how to communicate in various situations when travelling throughout the Middle East.
In all Years, the four language skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing are developed and at the end of Year 9, these skills are assessed individually and students will be given an Arabic Certificate.
Course outline for GCSE Arabic
The GCSE syllabus consists of four units, each of which is based on the four language skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing. The vocabulary involved is diverse, drawing on from the following common topic areas: visitor information, weather, local amenities, accommodation, public transport, directions, cafes and restaurants, shops, leisure activities, family and friends, lifestyle, healthy eating and exercise, internet, job advertisements, job applications, school and college, work and work experience.
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