Mrs R El Ghazawy –Lead Teacher of Arabic

The Languages department at The English College prides itself on lively and engaging lessons that are highly interactive and purposeful. Our philosophy is that in order to be a successful linguist, you have to first enjoy everything that learning a language has to offer and hence we strive to deliver excellent lessons so we can help develop our future linguists. Language teachers at The English College are extremely passionate about languages and we are totally dedicated to equipping all our students with the skills to speak and understand, as well as write independently.

Here at the English College we offer Arabic, French and Spanish throughout all key stages.  Arabic is compulsory for all students who hold an ‘Arabic’ passport up until the age of 17 and for all other students up until the end of Key Stage 3.  Modern Foreign Languages are compulsory throughout Key stage 3 and both French and Spanish can be studied at Key Stages 4 and 5.

French & Spanish Key Stage 3 Overview

Key Stage 3 students have two Modern Foreign Language lessons per week.

Year 7 students at The English College have the opportunity to learn both French and Spanish during this academic year.  This gives students the prospect of being able to study both languages at GCSE. Year 7 students primarily learn to talk all about themselves during their first year. They speak and write about their family, their home, their hobbies, their school, the weather, and their holiday plans. Students learn initially through games and interactive activities, varying between whole class, pair, group and independent work. Students learn important language skills such telling the time to being able to recognise the Target Language alphabet and even how to use a bilingual dictionary. Speaking is a major focus and paying particular attention to expressing opinions is the cornerstone of their learning at this stage.

Year 8 students at The English College this academic year have the opportunity to learn Spanish as they learnt French in year 7.  This will allow them to choose one language to carry through into Year 9 (this does not mean they cannot pick both languages at GCSE).  Students begin to talk in the past tense and narrate tales of their weekend and their holiday. Their language becomes more complex as they develop longer sentences and paragraphs and are able to talk more confidently. Students begin exciting projects about fashion, shopping, and their home life and are progressively able to work more independently.

Year 9 students at The English College this academic year have chosen to study either French or Spanish.  Students learn to talk and write in detail on topics such as Home & town, TV, Film and Cinema, Relationships and School. At this stage, students are able to work more independently by adapting language and using more complex sentences and also other tenses.  With the introduction of the new GCSE in French and Spanish, students in Year 9 will be given more opportunity to practice a wide range of GCSE skills such as translation and extended writing.  This academic year The English College also has a group of ‘Fast Track French’ students who have a natural ability in the learning of a foreign language and will therefore sit their GCSE examinations two years early.  This then gives them the opportunity to choose Spanish as another language choice on entering Key Stage 4.

Arabic Key Stage 3 Overview

Students study Arabic for four lessons a week.

Arabic A: Students who hold an ‘Arabic’ passport are required to follow the Arabic A curriculum which is compulsory and set by the Ministry of Education in Dubai.  Students study content such as poetry, literary texts, grammar, UAE laws and traditions.  This academic year students will be encouraged to read more in Arabic and we have already registered interest for students to participate in the ‘Emirates Literature Festival’.

Arabic B: Arabic B at The English College helps our students form a good foundation in learning Arabic which enables them to pave the way for independent learning and effective communication of knowledge, ideas, values in the Arabic language and culture. It is built on existing good practices whilst promoting a balanced approach which is appropriate to the needs and interests of our students who are second language learners.

Year 7: Students by the end of the first term should be confident with the Arabic alphabet and should be able to use the letters to form words and break up words and put them into letters.  Students are encouraged to learn how to use a bilingual dictionary to help them discover and learn new words.  Once students have mastered the basics then topics such as days of the weeks, months, numbers, colours and pets are introduced.  As in French and Spanish, students are introduced to learn the difference between masculine and feminine words plus be able to recognise them.  By the end of Year 7, students should be able to recognise different subject pronouns, verbs and be able to create short pieces of writing and speech.  They should be able to include in their Writing and Speaking items such as information about themselves and family plus their likes and dislikes.

Year 8: More complex grammatical terms are introduced during this year where students are able to conjugate into the Present Tense confidentially.  Students should be able to ask and respond to questions presented to them as well as being able to discuss their free-time activities and likes and dislikes.

Year 9: Students will consolidate the learning that has taken place over the past two academic years to pull together all that they have learnt.  They will expand on their grammatical knowledge of the language so they are able to communicate in more than one tense.

  Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Term 1 Alphabet

Basic information

Family & Home

Weather

Transport

Education & Work

 

Term 2 Free-time activities Travel

Health

Media – Film, Music, TV
Term 3 School

Likes/dislikes

Music

Arabic Culture

Shopping

Customer Services

Health and Sport

 

French & Spanish Key Stage 4 Overview
Year 10 French & Spanish 2016 – 3 lessons per week

French – Miss F Ishaji

Spanish – Mrs J Sims and Mr D Saunders

At The English College we follow the AQA GCSE specification in both French and Spanish where students will be examined at the end of the two year course.  Students will be examined in all four skills (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking) which all equate to 25% each.  Students have the opportunity to opt for either being examined in the Higher tier range with the highest grade of a ‘9’ being available or the Foundation tier range with the highest grade of a ‘5’ being available.  Students must complete all four skills within the same tier range.

Theme 1

Identity & Culture

Theme 2

Local, national, international and global areas of interest

Theme 3

Current and future study and employment

Me, my family and friends Home, town, neighbourhood and region My Studies
Technology Social issues Life at school
Free-time activities Global issues Education post-16
Customs and festivals Travel and Tourism Jobs and careers

 

Year 11 French & Spanish 2016 – 3 lessons per week

French – Miss F Ishaji

Spanish – Mrs J Sims

At The English College we follow the AQA GCSE specification in both French and Spanish where students will be examined over the course of the two years.  Students will be examined in all four skills; Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.  Listening and Reading will be examined in an external examination in May 2017 and will be worth 20% each.  Students have the opportunity to opt for either being examined in the Higher tier range with the highest grade of an ‘A*’ being available or the Foundation tier range with the highest grade of a ‘C’ being available.  Students are able to mix and match their tiers of choice for Listening and Reading.  60% of the students’ final grade at GCSE is made up of their Controlled Assessments which consist of two writing pieces (30%) and two speaking pieces (30%).  During Year 10, students already completed 45% of their GCSE through two writing pieces and one speaking.  Therefore during the course of Year 11 will be examined firstly in November on their Speaking skills but also complete a mock examination in both Reading and Listening.  During Term 2, students will be given the opportunity to complete more Controlled Assessments to allow them to improve on the grades they achieved in Year 10 (if necessary).

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
Holidays topic – Speaking Controlled Assessment w/c 20 November 2016 Controlled Assessment catch up and improvement sessions Controlled Assessment deadline – 30 April 2017
Mock Listening and Reading examinations (dates to be confirmed) Final topics covered such as Home, Environment, Jobs Revision of all topics covered over the two year course
Mock Listening and Reading examinations (dates to be confirmed) Listening and Reading examination – May 2017

 

Arabic Key Stage 4 Overview

Arabic A: Students who hold an ‘Arabic’ passport are required to follow the Arabic A curriculum which is compulsory and set by the Ministry of Education in Dubai.  Students study content such as poetry, literary texts, grammar, UAE laws and traditions.  This academic year students will be encouraged to read more in Arabic and we have already registered interest for students to participate in the ‘Emirates Literature Festival’.

Arabic B: Students study GCSE Arabic which is examined by Edexcel.  All four skills, Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking are examined at the end of the two year course.  There will be a new specification for Arabic GCSE in September 2017.

Year 10 Year 11
Term 1 Personal Information Future plans, education and work
Term 2 Out and About Media and Culture
Term 3 Customer Services and Transactions Health & Exercise

French & Spanish Key Stage 5 Overview

Students have six lessons of French/Spanish each week and are taught by two teachers.

After completing their GCSE in French or Spanish, students can opt to take either subject for A level and follow the AQA course for all units.  Students are able to study the language in more depth as they are able to study the Target Language Country and its culture.  Students study literature, films, media, popular culture and relationships as well more topical themes such as wealth and poverty, immigration and integration.

Year 12 Spanish 2016 – Mrs J Sims (3 lessons) and Mr D Saunders (3 lessons)

Students who opt for A level Spanish will complete examinations at the end of Year 12 regardless if they are carrying the subject on into Year 13.  Firstly as it gives the students examination practice in preparation for Year 13 but it also allows the department the ability to co teach both AS and A level students at the same time.  Students will be examined in the following areas:

Paper 1- Listening, Reading & Writing (45% of AS)

Paper 2 – Writing (25% of AS)

Paper 3 – Speaking (30% of AS)

In addition to the topics studied below, students will study a film also ‘El Laberinto del Fauno’ (Pan’s Labyrinth) by Guillermo de Toro which will be examined in their Paper 2 examination.  All other topics will be examined in Papers 1 and 2.

Social issues and trends Political and artistic culture
Modern and traditional values Modern day idols
Cyberspace Regional identity
Equal rights Today’s youth, tomorrow’s citizens
Multiculturalism Monarchies, republics and dictatorships

 

Year 13 French & Spanish

French – Mrs J Sims (4 lessons) and Miss F Ishaji (2 lessons)

Spanish – Mrs J Sims (3 lessons) and Mr D Saunders (3 lessons)

Cultural topics such as literature, film and 20th century history form an integral part of what the students in Year 13 study at The English College.  Cultural topics are examined in both the essay part of Unit 3 (Listening, Reading & Writing) and account for two thirds of their Unit 4 examination (Speaking).  During the course of Year 13 students also study topics such as Environment, Racism, Immigration and Integration to topics such as Wealth and Poverty and Crime.

Unit 3 – Listening, Reading & Writing (35% of the A2 grade)

Unit 4 – Speaking (15% of the A2 grade, examined between March and April 2017)

French Cultural Topics Spanish Cultural Topics
Literature – Un Sac De Billes by Joseph Joffo Literature – El réquiem por un campesino español by Ramón J Sender
20th Century History – France during The Second World War and under the German occupation Film – El laberinto del fauno by Guillermo de Toro


Arabic Key Stage 5 Overview

Arabic A: Students who hold an ‘Arabic’ passport are required to follow the Arabic A curriculum which is compulsory and set by the Ministry of Education in Dubai up until the age of 17.  Students study content such as poetry, literary texts, grammar, UAE laws and traditions.  This academic year students will be encouraged to read more in Arabic and we have already registered interest for students to participate in the ‘Emirates Literature Festival’.

Key Stage 3 – One piece of challenging homework such as extended writing every two weeks.  Homework such as grammar, vocabulary, reading and research tasks can be expected once a week.

Key Stage 4 – Year 11: One piece of challenging written or oral work to help with the students Controlled Assessment plus grammar, vocabulary, listening and reading practice.

Year 10: One piece of challenging homework such as examination questions, extended writing or speaking presentations every two weeks.  Students will also be expected to learn vocabulary and new grammar skills weekly and may have homework to highlight these.

Key Stage 5 – Year 13: Independent reading of set texts plus research tasks weekly.  One piece of extended writing such as an essay or a translation task to be issued every two weeks to help with Unit 3 preparation and challenge students.

Year 12:  Grammar and vocabulary learning to be issued every week.  Either one piece of extended writing, a translation task or summary of a text to be issued every two weeks.

Trips: The Languages department believe that language learning does not end when you leave the classroom.  Therefore the department aims to run trips to the Target Language Countries to allow students to enhance their language learning.  In June 2014, Mrs Sims took English College students to Paris and in February 2016 took Year 9 and GCSE students to Barcelona.  We are currently planning an overseas trip for our Sixth form and GCSE students to help enhance their learning further.

French: We also offer a French Enrichment club that runs every Sunday in room 6 (Mrs Sims’ classroom) for all of our Year 8 students to allow them to continue their study of French.

Arabic: Our Arabic Students will be taking part in the ‘Emirates Literature Festival’ in 2017 to share their love of reading and writing in Arabic.

Key Stage 4: All of the languages department offer GCSE ‘boot camp’ sessions to help in preparation for Controlled Assessments or public examinations.  In October 2016, Mrs Sims organised Ron Wallace, chief examiner for AQA to come into The English College and run a two hour ‘boot camp’ session to help aid our Year 11 and Year 9 Fast Track French/Spanish students’ understanding of Controlled Assessments.