Arabic as a first language

The Arabic A department at Dubai College has made significant progress recently. Learning in the Arabic A department is individualised and tailored to suit each student’s needs. A modern curriculum has been adapted as part of the department development plan. This contains a range of learning strategies that help the Arabic A students who do not use Arabic in their day to day life to overcome this obstacle.

The Arabic A classrooms include a computer corner that allows every Arabic A student to work on the learning resources guaranteeing the best learning outcome. There is also a range of reading books and stories for extended reading.

Both Arabic A teaching staff have a PHD degree in the subject area and extensive experience in teaching.

The department is proud to offer a tailor made learning and teaching opportunity that is aligned with the Dubai College vision and mission to be the best British school in the world.

Lower School

In accordance with KHDA instructions, students follow the Ministry of Education curriculum based on the National Documents of the UAE. Students are assessed at the beginning of the year to ascertain their appropriate Arabic A language level and to create a tailor-made curriculum according to their needs based on the Ministry of education curriculum and framework.

Middle School

Students follow two types of curricular, the Ministry of Education (MOE) curriculum that provides them with Arabic A language skills and knowledge and the Mother Tongue curriculum a widely recognised and well-resourced curriculum which was created in Abu Dhabi to fill any gaps in their practical general language skills and reinforce the MOE curriculum based on the National Document of the UAE.

Our Arabic A students are also able to apply for the GCSE Arabic examination externally. The school will support them with this and the Arabic staff will provide the students with assistance and resources for the GCSE Arabic examinations through different means outside their compulsory learning hours (eg. the GCSE Club during break times).

Arabic as a second language

Students of Arabic “B” are second language learners. Arabic is compulsory for all students from Years 7 to 9.

Dubai College considers Arabic an important part of the curriculum and Arabic is part of the MFL department. Taught by dedicated staff, standards of teaching are high and the subject is quite popular amongst the students. In line with the new methods of teaching Modern Foreign Languages, our Arabic teachers continue to research and prepare new materials geared to the specific needs of the students.

The Arabic department consists of 5 teachers. Arabic courses are taught in Modern Standard Arabic (MSA); this is simplified classical Arabic and it is the language used in newspapers, radio and television.

The Arabic department, aim to instil the love for Arabic in DC students and support and motivate them to enjoy learning this wonderful language. We try to build the students’ self-esteem and confidence regardless of ability while always endeavouring to keep the language interesting by creating a stimulating learning environment.

Lower School

Students follow the curriculum that is consistent with the GCSE requirements and the KHDA framework.

Students follow a three year course in Years 7, 8 and 9. The course introduces students in Year 7 to Arabic to develop their four language skills. This involves the learning of the syntax and structure of the Arabic sentence, vocabulary that they will use in their translations and their basic creative writing. Students will also learn how to converse in Arabic. In Year 9, the course takes absolute beginners to a level at which they will be able to understand more advanced texts, and speak Arabic with proficiency.

Middle School

The course followed is Edexcel GCSE in Arabic. The course is two years starting in Year 10 with examinations taking place at the end of Year 11. The four language skills that are assessed are Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing with each skill weighing 25% of the total mark.

Sixth Form

A level Arabic is an intense two year course with 6 lessons a week spanning over Year 12 and 13. The course consists of three externally-examined papers that assess listening, reading and writing skills. These assessments are set and marked by Pearson.

What makes a good teacher at Dubai College?

A good teacher is approachable, warm, forms good relationships with students and has a passion for the subject.

What are you trying to encourage and instil in your students?

I try to transmit to my students my love for Arabic.

In your opinion, what makes Dubai College special?

The special teachers that work here.

Who or what inspires you?

A dedicated student who wants to learn.

Tell us something not a lot of people know about you.

I love my students even more than they love me!

Sawsan Abdulhadi, Head of Arabic

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Meet the staff - Arabic A

Samer Zaghlowl

Samer Zaghlowl

Titles: Director of Arabic A & Islamic Studies
Ayman Mousa

Ayman Mousa

Titles: Teacher of Arabic A & Islamic Studies

Arabic B

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Sawsan Abdulhadi

Sawsan Abdulhadi

Titles: Head of Arabic B
Mohamed Abs

Mohamed Abs

Titles: Teacher of Arabic B