The aim of the Arabic Department at JESS is to enable pupils to improve both their ability to communicate and their linguistic competence in the Arabic language. A balance of receptive (reading, listening) and productive (speaking, writing) skills are developed through communicative classes. Each lesson is 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. The department also aims to develop an awareness of Arabic cultures.
All teachers have their own classroom, which is modern and equipped to a very high standard. Classroom layouts and facilities are designed to enable the students to focus on their learning and complete tasks in pairs and groups allowing a more communicative and peer-centred learning
During Years 7 to 9, the four language skills of listening, reading, speaking and writing increase in complexity. Students have the opportunity to widen and deepen their understanding of grammatical structures underpinning the language through the use of a range of resources and Booklets. Pupils work at a variety of levels and at different paces, therefore activities are differentiated to enable the student to gain the most from their language learning. By the end of Year 9, students are expected to work independently, using dictionaries, glossaries and verb tables. These skills are developed throughout Key Stage 3. A range of topics are covered including family, town, school, hobbies, shopping, holidays, food and healthy living. Pupils also study about cultural awareness through a variety of learning tasks and topic-based activities.
Pupils who opt to take Arabic at GCSE level follow the Edexcel course. The aims are to develop the ability to communicate effectively through the spoken and written word, using a range of vocabulary and structures, and an understanding of the spoken and written forms in a range of contexts. Students develop knowledge of Arabic and language-learning skills, as well as a deepening cultural awareness through a variety of learning tasks and topic-based activities. Topics are divided into five main areas including ‘Home and Abroad’, ‘Education, Training and Employment’, ‘House, Home and Daily Routine’, ‘Media, Entertainment and Youth Culture’ and ‘Social Activities, Fitness and Health’. At the end of the course students will sit an examination in each skill area.