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Language Acquisition

GROUP 2: LANGUAGE ACQUISITION


Emergent-capable and proficient communicators

Language acquisition is the study of a new language in order to promote cultural understanding through language. The general objective of this course is the acquisition of language and proficiency in the four language skills: oral comprehension and expression, reading comprehension and written expression. Language acquisition classes are available for students from Grade 1 to 12. For students with no background or limited experience with various aspects of the target language. For instance, MYP/PYP Phase 1-2 or ab initio languages are taught at an introductory level for students with little to no prior experience in the language being taught. They are emergent communicator. For students with prior experience in their language acquisition subject, they are considered as capable or proficient communicator and have the possibility to register for phases 3-6 MYP or French or Arabic B at the Standard or Higher level . (Ministry rules apply for those students)



ARABIC PYP (Years 1-5)

Emergent communicator (Phase 1)

Overall expectations Phase 1 Learners show an understanding of the value of speaking and listening to communicate. They recognize that sounds are associated with objects, or with symbolic representations of them. They are using language to name their environment, to get to know each other, to initiate and explore relationships, to question and inquire.



ARABIC & FRENCH MYP (1-10)
Phase 1(emergent communicator)


Description: Phase 1 provides students with an introduction to the Language enabling them to deal with simple, basic, daily life situations. At the end of this level, students should be able to understand and respond to simple phrases, statements and questions and convey basic information in a limited range of everyday situations, using oral and written language appropriate to a limited range of interpersonal and cultural contexts.

Credit:1 per year
Length of Course:1 year
Prerequisite: None. Placement test for new students, and student language profile

Phase 2 (emergent communicator)

Description: Phase 2 is structured to develop the student’s comprehensive skills in reading, writing, listening and speaking. Students at this level play a main role in learning. At the end of this level students should be able to understand and respond to simple spoken and written texts, and identify messages, facts, opinions, feelings and ideas in oral, visual and written language. They should be able to interact to share information in a limited range of familiar situations, using basic oral and written language appropriate to a limited range of interpersonal and cultural contexts.

Credit:1 per year
Length of Course: 1 year
Prerequisite:Successfully passed Phase 1 with a minimum MYP grade of 5and teacher recommendation

Phase 3 (capable communicator)

Description: Phase 3 is an intermediate Language course enabling students to deal with familiar and unfamiliar daily life situations. Students understand and respond to a limited variety of spoken and written texts. By the end of this level students should be able to, understand and respond to a limited variety of spoken and written texts, understand specific information, main ideas and some details presented in oral, visual and written language. They should be able to engage in conversation and write structured texts to express their ideas, opinions and experiences in a range of familiar and unfamiliar situations, using oral and written language appropriate to a limited range of interpersonal and cultural contexts.

Credit:1 per year
Length of Course: 1 year
Prerequisite:Successfully passed Phase 2 with a minimum MYP grade of 5 and teacher recommendation

Phase 4 (capable communicator)

Description: Phase 4 is an intermediate Language course enabling students to deal with daily familiar and unfamiliar life situations. By the end of this level students should be able to, interpret specific information, main ideas and some details presented in complex oral, visual and written language. They should be able to draw conclusions and recognize implied opinions and attitudes in texts read and viewed. They should be able to engage in conversation and write structured texts to share informative and organized ideas, justified opinions and experiences on topics and concepts explored in class. They should be able to identify aspects of format and style, and speak and write with a clear sense of the audience and purpose.

Credit:1 per year
Length of Course: 1 year
Prerequisite:Successfully passed Phase 3 with a minimum MYP grade of 5and teacher recommendation

Phase 5 (Proficient communicator)

Description: Phase 5 is an Advanced Language course enabling students on speaking and writing for social and some academic purposes situations. By the end of this level, students should be able to analyze specific information, opinions and attitudes presented in oral, visual and written language. They should be able to draw conclusions, deduce information and recognize implied opinions and attitudes. They should be able to respond and react to questions and ideas in a range of spoken, visual and written texts. They should be able to actively engage in conversations in social and some academic situations to contribute substantial information containing relevant and focused ideas supported by examples and illustrations. They should be able to write clear and effective structured texts to share informative and organized ideas, justified opinions and experiences on topics of personal interests and global significance; they interpret aspects of format and style, and adapt register and style of language to suit the context.

Credit:1 per year
Length of Course: 1 year
Prerequisite:Successfully passed Phase 4 with a minimum MYP grade of 5and teacher recommendation

Phase 6 (Proficient communicator)

Description: Phase 6 is an Advanced Language course enabling students to communicate in speaking and writing for a variety of social and academic purposes. By the end of this level, students should be able to analyze specific information, opinions and attitudes presented in oral, visual and written language. They should be able to draw conclusions, deduce information and recognize implied opinions and attitudes. They should be able to respond and react to questions and ideas in a range of spoken, visual and written texts. They should be able to actively engage in conversations in social and some academic situations to contribute substantial information containing relevant and focused ideas supported by examples and illustrations. They should be able to write clear and effective structured texts to share informative and organized ideas, justified opinions and experiences on topics of personal interests and global significance; they interpret aspects of format and style, and adapt register and style of language to suit the context.

Credit:1 per year
Length of Course: 1 year
Prerequisite:Successfully passed Phase 5 with a minimum MYP grade of 5and teacher recommendation

DP1 & DP2 Arabic Language B SL/HL



ا اللغة الثانية ( ب)

هذا البرنامج يقدم كأحد الاختيارات لطلاب البكالوريا الدولية حاملي الجوازات العربية .

* ينبغي للطالب المسجل في هذا البرنامج أن يكون من الطلبة المسجلين في برنامج البكلوريا الدولية, وهو ملزم بتقديم امتحان البكالوريا الدولية, و أداء جميع متطلبات البرنامج ودفع الرسوم الخاصة بالامتحان.

مدة هذا البرنامج سنتان،ويسعى منهاج اللغة“ب” إلى تنمية الفهم الدّولي وتعزيز الاهتمام بالقضايا العالمية بالإضافة إلى زيادة وعي الطلاب بمسؤوليتهم على المستوى المحلي أيضاً. وهو يسعى أيضا ًإلى تنمية الوعي المتداع خلال ثقافات لدى الطلاب.

يهدف هذا البرنامج إلى إقدار الطالب على :

* فهم واستخدام اللغة للتعبير عن مجموعة من الأفكار والاستجابة لها بدقة وطلاقة.

* تنظيم الأفكار حول مجموعة من المواضيع بطريقة واضحة ومتناسقة ومُقنعة.

* فهم مجموعة من النصوص المكتوبة و المحكية و تحليلها و الاستجابة لها.

* فهم و استخدام الأعمال الأدبية المكتوبة باللغة التي يدرسونها .

* التواصل شفهياً من أجل تفسير وجهة نظر عن موضوع مُحدَّد بالتفصيل.

* وضع حُجج ٍجليّة ومُقنعة دعماً لوجهة نظر.

* كتابة نصوص يكون فيها استخدام الاختيارات اللغوية و الأسلوب و الأدوات البلاغية و العناصر البنيوية مناسباً للجمهور و الغرض.

Credit: 1 per year
Length of Course: 2 years
Prerequisite: Teacher’s recommendation. Students may be required to sit for a placement test.

DP1 & DP2 Arabic Language B SL/HL

This course is a language acquisition class for students with some background in the Arabic Language. Students in this class will learn the language and explore the cultures connected to it.

Description: In this advanced course special emphasis is placed on perfecting the student’s comprehensive skills in reading, writing and speaking and the study of literature. It also prepares the student to use the language appropriately in a range of situations and contexts and for a variety of purposes. Students will learn to communicate accurately in speech and in writing, develop their ability to understand and respond to the language demands of in social and cultural contacts and strengthen their competence in the language and idiomatic forms. This course is not open to Arabic first language speakers. If Arabic is your first language you must register for Arabic Language A.

Credit: 1 per year
Length of Course: 2 years
Prerequisite: Teacher’s recommendation. Students may be required to sit for a placement test.

DP1 & DP2 FRENCHab initioSL

Description: This course is a two year program designed for DP students who have had limited or no French instruction. Students having had extensive French instruction in the MYP or elsewhere must take French B SL or HL. The goal of this intensive course is to teach students to communicate within an authentic cultural context according to the syllabus prescribed by the IB. Through the development of receptive, productive and interactive skills, students acquire the ability to respond and interact appropriately in a defined range of everyday situations

In this course students are introduced to the French and the francophone culture as well as a variety of work units, and media presentations which develop communicative competence such as dialogues, conversations, oral presentations, written exercises and compositions. The second year of the program is intended to teach students to communicate in French and to learn about the French and the francophone culture, with a special attention to the themes prescribed by the IB syllabus. The objectives of this course are to emphasize proficiency in the four different language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing within the context of the French and the francophone culture.

Credit: 1 per year
Length of Course: 2 year course
Prerequisite: This course designed for DP students who have had limited or no French instruction. Students having had extensive French instruction in the MYP must take French B SL or HL.

DP1 & DP2 FRENCH B

This course is a language acquisition class for students with some background in French. Students will learn the language and explore the cultures connected to it. This class is offered at both Standard and Higher level which are differentiated by the depth of oral and written communication students will be required to engage in, more challenging studies in literature at the HL level and the level of difficulty and the demands of assessment.

DP1 & DP2 FRENCH B SL

Description: The range of purposes and situations for which and in which the language is used in language B SL extends well beyond those at the ab initio level. In this advanced course special emphasis is placed on perfecting the student’s comprehensive skills in reading, writing and speaking. It also prepares the student to use the language appropriately in a range of situations and contexts and for a variety of purposes. Students will learn to communicate accurately in speech and in writing, develop their ability to understand and respond to the language demands of in social and cultural contacts and strengthen their competence in the language and idiomatic forms.

Credit: 1 per year
Length of Course: 2 years
Prerequisite: 4 years or more of academic French or permission of the Head of Department. Students may be required to sit for a placement test.

DP1 & DP2 FRENCH B HL

Description: The range of purposes and situations for which and in which the language is used in language B HL courses extends well beyond those in SL. In this advanced course special emphasis is placed on perfecting the student’s comprehensive skills in reading, writing and speaking. It also prepares the student to use the language appropriately in a range of situations and contexts. Students will learn how to use the language for a variety of purposes and produce clear text with appropriate style, rhetorical devices and structural elements. This will be achieved through a wide range of learning activities and two works of literature

Credit: 1 per year
Lengthof Course: 2 years
Prerequisite: 5 years or more of academic French and permission of the Head of Department. Students may have to sit for a placement test.

INTRODUCTION TO FRENCH

(Open to students in Grades 11 and 12)

This course is a French language acquisition class for non-DP students with no or little experience in French. It follows the DP1French ab initio curriculum and is designed for those students NOT seeking an IB Diploma or IB Certificate in French ab initio.

In this course students are introduced to the French and the francophone culture as well as a variety of work units, and media presentations which develop communicative competence such as dialogues, conversations, oral presentations, written exercises and compositions. The objectives of this course are to emphasize proficiency in the four different language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing within the context of the French and the francophone culture.

Credit: 1
Length of Course: 1 year
Prerequisite: Open only to students who have had little or no French instruction.