In the UAE, Arabic is a core subject and is compulsory from Year 1 through to Year 9. However, children at Dubai Heights Academy enjoy learning Arabic from Foundation 1 onwards. Our Arabic Teacher’s work collaboratively with the Early Years team to successfully incorporate Arabic into the children's play. There are two curricula: one for native Arabic speakers and another for non-native Arabic speakers.
Foundation Stage - An informal introduction to Arabic language is facilitated through play based activities in the Foundation Stage. Exposure to Arabic for our younger pupils whilst learning through play helps lay the solid foundations from which to build upon.
Key Stage One - Pupils begin to study Arabic in Year One. During Key Stage One pupils will concentrate on the sound and lettering of the alphabet using a variety of resources to help them become increasingly familiar with the written and oral forms.
Key Stage Two - From Years Three to Six, a more topic based curriculum is introduced in which pupils learn a variety of vocabulary in context from numbers and colours to food and classroom items. Emphasis is placed upon a context based curriculum where speaking and listening and useful conversational Arabic are at the heart of the curriculum. Pupils are taught how to read and write words to reinforce their reading and writing skills with the aim of giving a sound base of Arabic.
The aim of the French at Dubai Heights Aacdemy is to enable pupils to become confident and independent language learners. Students are encouraged to develop their language skills through a variety of activities that involve listening, speaking, reading and writing. Lessons are planned to allow pupils to feel valued and confident to participate in class activities, ensuring that the language learning process is a positive and enjoyable experience.