The Islamic Education Department has two full time teachers and one part-time teacher. Dr Ayman Mousa tutor of native speaking students and Mr Mustafa Ahmad, Quran recitation skills tutor. The subject leader Jenan Jalal teaches all non-native speaking students starting from Year 7 up to Year 12.
Students attend lessons in different classrooms according to their curriculum. Our Arab students follow the Ministry of Education syllabus and non-Arab students also follow the new Ministry of Education syllabus which was introduced in January 2017, the textbooks were translated from Arabic into English by the Ministry for the non-Arab muslim students.
There are prayer rooms for males and females on the premises which are accessible to students, staff and visitors.
Our mission is to raise the students’ awareness of Islam for all year groups from Year 7 to Year 12, following the Ministry of Education’s syllabus. The knowledge and understanding is gained through a variety of skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, independent learning, innovation and use of technology, in addition to application of practices, moralities and faith in daily life to reflect identity through living Islam as a way of life.
In addition, our mission is to strengthen students’ skills of Quran recitation, learning then applying rules of Tajweed, understanding meaning of the verses covered and finally to start proper memorisation of verses from the Quran. This takes place in independent Quran sessions which is taught by qualified Quran teachers.
During Quran sessions, students are put in one of three levels - Arab, non-Arab set one and non-Arab set two.
- The Islamic Lower School curriculum for Arab students is set by the Ministry of Education (MOE).
- For non-Arab students it is a collection of topics taken from the Arab students’ curriculum, Learning Islam textbooks (which is accredited by MOE) and the Edxcel AS syllabus to cover all the six areas set by the KHDA.
- Quran skills sessions are taught to both Arab students and non-Arab students and follow the surahs/portions of the Quran set by the MOE for Arab students. Teachers will cover a balance of the four areas (Telawah, Hifth, Tafseer and Tajweed) in sessions verbally, through use of technology and worksheets.
- Each year group practice a different surah (set by the MOE) throughout the three terms covering the four areas (recitation, memorisation, meaning of verses and rules of recitation).
What makes a good teacher at Dubai College?
Passion for teaching and learning, the social and moral dimension, reflective practice, effective planning and management, and love of students. Also, a good teacher is defined by skills, knowledge and experience, good teachers are made, not born!
In addition, it is vital to be balanced with a mature personality and characteristics such as kindness and enthusiasm (kind, friendly, helpful and patient).
At Dubai College teachers treat all students equally, listen and care about student problems and get to know each student as an individual. All the above qualities build a strong classroom community that makes students feel safe to learn and grow. There is not one factor that “makes a good teacher”, but rather a complex combination of factors.
What are you trying to encourage and instil in your students?
I am trying to share with students the value of being a good believer in the modern world, to point out matters that encourage students to realise that religion is not against having a normal, free and modern life style, but encourages civilised living with best moralities representing peace, love and understanding. Also, we are trying to guide students to apply Islam to all aspects of life such as caring and respecting other people and their culture.
In your opinion, what makes Dubai College special?
- Professional management
- Qualified teachers
- Selective students
- Wonderful caretakers
- Above all is the great relationship between all members of the College
Who or what inspires you?
The sense of community at school makes me always willing to give more and more to Dubai College.
Tell us something not a lot of people know about you.
I’m scared of all animals!
Miss J Jalal, Head of Islamic Studies