AIS is proud to have a recognised high quality Arabic and Islamic program. The quality of the Arabic and Islamic programs at AIS for both native and non-native learners is assured through processes of continual reflection and renewal. This involves staff, both native and non-native, from all sectors of the school working together to develop the units of work and lesson plans. Students from ELC to Grade 10 study Arabic. There are provisions for both native and non-native learners in Grades 11 and 12 depending on their course of study.
Arabic units of work and lesson plans use the Ministry curriculum. They are developed and constructed in conjunction with and aligned to the English units of work. This allows the learners, both native and non-native, to understand concepts and curriculum content in both Arabic and English. This ensures these subjects support the learning of both languages and are promoted as being of equal importance to the learners and parent community. During the senior phase of Arabic study, learners’ work and assessment is externally moderated. The senior students are prepared for these standards through external moderation during the junior and middle phases of learning. This provides standards for teaching staff and maintains the quality of the Arabic programs at the AIS.
Arabic lessons are taught each school day ensuring every learner studies Arabic once a day. Five lessons of Arabic per week are provided to maximize student learning in this subject. The materials used for the Arabic units of work and lesson plans are based on the Ministry curriculum. The curriculum is delivered to the learners using a range of materials. The range of materials includes both hard copy resources (books, posters, student copy books, worksheets, and flashcards) and soft copy (video, computer programs). Some materials are produced by the teams of teachers. At AIS it is important that learners are exposed to genuine and authentic Arabic literature. The materials are organized to match the genre being taught in the unit of work and the ability level of the learners.
Arabic as subject and a language is developed to the same level of planning teaching and assessment as all subjects taught at the school. It is taught each day and it is planned to align with English. Many of the units of work focus on the Arab and UAE culture. The language is celebrated in school-wide events including assemblies, National Day, International Day, Mother Language Day and graduation ceremonies.
The school reading challenge encourages all students to read Arabic books and share their love of reading the language. Throughout the year authors’ visits are celebrated in the school library. Authors of Arabic stories share their books, read stories and encourage young reader and writers to become authors.
The school holds parent information sessions to provide information about curriculum and the ways Arabic is taught. These sessions discuss ways families can support their children to learn and appreciate Arabic as a language. This includes the use of a home reader program where students are supplied with leveled reading books to read as part of daily homework.
The school encourages and supports students to take part in a variety of internal and external Arabic competitions. These are organized with the Ministry of Education and include reading challenges, essay writing and oral presentations.
The approach to teaching of the Arabic language and culture is the same for all students (Arab and non-Arab) enrolled at the school. All the practices opportunities and expectation are provided to all students and families. The curriculum is designed to meet the needs of the non-Arab students. Non- Arab students are taught how to communication in Arabic in a variety of everyday situations. The units of work focus on developing an appreciation of the Arabic language and culture. The Australian Curriculum History units of work, studied by all students, have been adapted to focus on the history and the culture of the UAE.
Islamic Studies are in place in the school for both Arab and non-Arab learners from Grade One to Grade 12. The lessons are presented in Arabic for Arabic speakers and in English for the non-Arabic speakers. These subjects are taught by highly qualified staff that have been trained to create engaging and interactive units of work and lessons that connect to other subject areas. The units of work and lesson plans are of a high standard and this is assured by collecting, comparing and discussing the learners’ outcomes and results.
Islamic Studies are undertaken twice a week. The learning materials for these lessons are the Ministry books. These books are supported using story books, videos of Prophet stories and internet research.
All staff undertake professional development once per week as a whole school. The Arabic department follow up these sessions with two small group meetings with the Head of Arabic. During these meetings teachers discuss the curriculum, learn about planning and identify suitable teaching strategies. The teams will look at work samples to determine standards. The teachers will also work in small teaching teams to develop teaching and learning materials for their specific lessons and grade levels. The focus of these meetings is to develop Arabic lessons and units of work that provide opportunities to all teachers to develop their professional knowledge and skill for the teaching of Arabic, Islamic and Social Studies.
منهج اللغة العربية بالمدرسة الأسترالية الدولية تم تصميمه؛ لتعليم الطالب اللغة والثقافة العربية بأساليب تربوية مبنية أساسا على ممارستها والتعمق في الأدب.
ينقسم المنهج الى قسمين : الأول للناطقين باللغة العربية، والثاني للناطقين بغيرها .
ويحوي كل قسم على مستويين.
ل1أ- للناطقين بالعربية. لمن هم في مستوى الصف قراءةً وكتابةً وتحدثاً واستماعاً.
ل2أ- للناطقين بغير العربية. لمن درس اللغة العربية لمدة سنة على الأقل.
إن منهج اللغة العربية المعدّ خصيصا للطلبة الناطقين بالعربية، يستعمل برنامجا ثريا غنيا بالمواد الأدبية المتنوعة، ولا يعتمد على كتاب واحد، بل مجموعة كتب تتم دراستها كفنون أدبية، والتعرف إلى خصائص كل فن على حدة، ويركز على تمكين الطلبة من إتقان اللغة بتدريبهم على المهارات والكفايات في كل فن وفي كل مستوى بحيث نصل بطلابنا إلى ما يجب أن يكونوا عليه من الطلاقة والقدرة على الفهم العميق، وتمكن من توظيف اللغة بمهارة والاستمتاع بجمالياتها في كل مرحلة.
منهاج يعتمد على معايير دقيقة في التعليم والتعلم والتقييم، وأفضل الممارسات في تعليم اللغة.
تضم المصادر مجموعة من أدب الأطفال الأصيل والعالمي، ونصوص مناسبة من كتب وزارة التربية والتعليم لكل مرحلة بما يتناسب مع قدرات الطلبة واحتياجاتهم.
أما منهاج الناطقين بغير العربية فيعتمد على تدريس الوحدات؛ تمكن الطالب من اكتساب رصيد لغوي؛ يتيح له التواصل بالفصيحة وتوظيفها في كل مجالات الحياة، ويقدم فكرة عن ثراء الثقافة العربية الإسلامية، في سياق لغوي يناسب احتياجات واهتمامات الطلبة على خلفياتهم الثقافية.