ACADEMIC PROGRAMS

Cairo American College

MS ACADEMIC PROGRAMS

MS WORLD LANGUAGES

The Middle School World Language program will assist the student in communicating, providing and obtaining information, expressing feelings, thoughts, and exchanging opinions in the target language. The curriculum is anchored in four strands: Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. Each of these strands is developed throughout the Middle School World Language curriculum. We follow the AERO World Language standards of: Communication which can be characterized in three different purposes: (1) Interpersonal, (2) Interpretive, and (3) Presentational. Each mode/purpose involves a particular link between language and the underlying culture that is developed gradually over time. Culture is another main focus in the content of the World Language courses, especially the intangible products of the target culture. World Language teachers assist the students to become skilled observers and analysts of other cultures.

World Language learning at CAC is founded on the following beliefs:
- Learning a new language positively impacts the understanding of language in general, including one’s own language/s. It equips the student with better language learning skills for additional languages the student may need to learn in the future.
- Learning languages increases brain activity dramatically. Furthermore, language learning incorporates a variety of effective strategies, assessment procedures and technologies that develop and enhance critical thinking skills and learning in other content areas. Therefore language learning is a great catalyst for lifelong learning.
- All students can be successful language learners, although all students are individuals who have different learning styles and acquire proficiency at varied rates. Language learning is a lifelong process.
- The study of world languages allows interdisciplinary connections.
- The essence of world language learning is communication. The development of strong linguistic, intercultural and lifelong learning skills empowers students to meet the needs of the interconnected world they will live in and build-up tomorrow. NOTE: Placement screening is conducted for all students who have previous knowledge or instruction in the language they wish to study in the Middle School. This information allows student placement at the most appropriate level of language development to ensure progress and success in the courses offered at the Middle School level.

 


Arabic A

This course is designed for students interested in Arabic with NO prior experience. The learner is introduced to the language through a variety of activities that develop basic communicative competence: oral practice, conversations, dialogues, and written activities. The opportunity to demonstrate creative use of the new vocabulary and structures is given through, songs/game, presentations, and text. The student is introduced to Arabic culture and life through a range of media presentations as well as bilingual and grade-level appropriate texts. The four language skills are equally stressed: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. The main objective of this proficiency-oriented course is to develop the students' basic communication skills in Arabic.

 

Materials and Texts: Maktabaty Al-Arabiya

Requirements: None

 

Length of Course: One Year


Arabic B

This course is designed for students who have successfully completed Arabic A. It continues to reinforce the proficiency-oriented approach and focuses on basic communicative competence and performance. The use of the acquired structures and vocabulary is intensified and the creative process of the language is emphasized. As fluency and familiarity with the structures increase, the student will be able to further manipulate the basic elements of Arabic language foundation to expand his/her vocabulary with an objective in mind: basic communication. The student's vocabulary is enriched through multi-media presentations. Arabic B is the second part of a three-year basic program in Arabic and prepares the students remaining in the Middle School for entry into Middle School Arabic C.This proficiency-oriented course will continue to develop the student's communicative competence and strengthen creativity in using the four language skills with a sound grammatical foundation and a broadened vocabulary.

 

Materials and Texts: Maktabaty Al-Arabiya

Requirments: Arabic A or placement test/teacher recommendation

 

Length of Course: One Year

 


Arabic C

This course is designed for students who have already successfully completed a previous middle school program in Arabic A and B. In this course, the student will continue to develop language accuracy, and move from writing grammatically simple sentences, to more complex paragraphs. Composition will be reinforced, as well as speaking, reading, writing and listening skills, through dealing with everyday situations and understanding short written passages. Students who complete this course successfully in Grade 8 may be placed in High School Arabi 2 or 3 in Grade 9, based on a placement test and/or the current teacher’s recommendation.

 

Materials and Texts: Maktabaty Al-Arabiya

Requirments: Arabic B or placement test/teacher recommendation

 

Length of Course: One year


ARABIC 6

This course is designed for native speaking students who have successfully completed previous coursework in Modern Standard Arabic in the Elementary school, or equivalent levels. The primary objective of this course is to enable students to correctly use the structures, lexicon, composition found in level appropriate texts. Another equally important objective is to reinforce the linguistic competence of the students through a systematic study of selected, level appropriate, literary and cultural texts: short stories, books, and newspaper articles. This proficiency-oriented course will continue to develop the students’ creativity in using the four language skills with a particular emphasis on reading and writing skills through the use of authentic materials.

 

Materials and Texts: My Arabic Library

 

Length of course:One year


ARABIC 7

This course is designed for native speakers who have successfully completed Arabic 6 or the equivalent. The use of the acquired structures is intensified and the creative process of the language is encouraged. This level develops and refines the student’s skills in structural and lexical competence, compositions and communicative performance. Students will also use correctly the structures, lexicon, poetry and composition in literary and cultural texts. The main objectives of this course are:

• To refine the student’s proficiency in the manipulation of the more complex skills in language learning: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

• To intensify the creative writing in language connectors and transitions.

• To intensify the creative process in language expression.

• To immerse the student in authentic language and media presentations.

• To prepare the student for the analysis of integral texts and life topics.

 

Materials and Texts: My Arabic Library

Prerequisites: Arabic 6 or teacher recommendation.

 

Length of course: One year

 


ARABIC 8

In this course students will enrich their ability to use the Standard Arabic language through a variety of work units and media presentations which develop communicative competence: everyday situations, conversations, creative dialogues, oral presentations, debates and discussions, role play, Arabic Media linguistic analysis approach, reading texts and essay writing.

The main objectives of this course are:

• To reinforce the acquired linguistic structures and to expand the students lexical competence.

• To expose the student to authentic samples and documents of Standard Arabic culture and civilization.

• To familiarize the student with the techniques of literary text analysis in both the oral and written forms.

• To promote the student’s critical thinking, reading abilities and creative writing in preparation for the high school Arabic program.

 

Materials and Texts: My Arabic Library

Prerequisites: Arabic 7 or the equivalent and teacher approval.

 

Length of Course: One year


FRENCH A

This course is designed for students beginning the formal study of French.This course requires NO prior knowledge of the language. The student is introduced to the language through a variety of techniques enhancing basic communicative competence: oral drills, conversations, creative dialogues and written exercises. The opportunity to demonstrate the creative use of the new vocabulary and structures is given through the use of such activities as dialogues, oral presentations, computer projects, games and videos and listening activities. The student is introduced to French culture and life through a situational approach and a range of media presentations. The four skills of the language are all equally stressed: reading, writing, listening and speaking.

The main objective of this communicative course is to develop the student's very basic interaction in French.

 

Materials and Texts: Discovering French Bleu A

 

Length of Course: One Year


FRENCH B

This course is a continuation of French A for students who have successfully completed level A or the equivalent. The same systematic communicative approach is continued in this language sequence. The use of the acquired structures is intensified and the creative process of the language is emphasized. As fluency and familiarity with the structures increase, the student will be able to further manipulate the basic elements of French grammar and to expand his/her vocabulary, enriched through multi-media presentations. French B is the second part of a three-year basic program in French and prepares the students remaining in the Middle School for entry into Middle School French C. The main objective of French B is to enable the student to converse in basic French at level-appropriate capacity with a sound grammatical foundation.

 

Materials and Texts: Discovering French Bleu B

Prerequisites: French A or placement test/teacher recommendation

 

Length of Course: One Year


FRENCH C

This course is designed for students who have already successfully completed a previous middle school program in French (French A and French B). In this course, the student will continue to develop grammatical accuracy, and move from writing grammatically simple sentences, to more complex paragraphs. Composition will be reinforced, as well as speaking, reading, writing and listening skills, through dealing with everyday situations, understanding short texts and books. Students develop an awareness of the culture of the French-speaking world through multi-media presentations. Students who complete this course successfully in Grade 8 may be placed in High School French 2 or 3 in Grade 9, based on a placement test and/or the current teacher’s recommendation.

 

Materials and Texts: BienDit Level1/ 2

Prerequisites: French B or placement test/teacher recommendation

 

Length of Course: One Year


SPANISH A

This course is designed for students interested in Spanish with NO prior experience. The learner is introduced to the language through a variety of activities that develop basic communicative competence: oral practice, conversations, dialogues, and written activities. The opportunity to demonstrate creative use of the new vocabulary and structures is given through, songs/game, presentations, and text. The student is introduced to Spanish culture and life through a range of media presentations including DVDs, internet resources and computer technology, as well as bilingual and grade-level appropriate texts. The four language skills are equally stressed: reading, writing, listening and speaking. The main objective of this proficiency-oriented course is to develop the students' basic communication skills in Spanish.

 

Materials and Texts: ¡Así se dice!

Workbook: ¡Así se dice!!

Prerequisite: None

 

Length of Course: One Year


SPANISH B

This course is designed for students who have successfully completed Spanish A. It continues to reinforce the proficiency-oriented approach and focuses on basic communicative competence and performance. The use of the acquired structures and vocabulary is intensified and the creative process of the language is emphasized. As fluency and familiarity with the structures increase, the student will be able to further manipulate the basic elements of Spanish grammar to expand his/her vocabulary with one objective in mind: basic communication. The student's vocabulary is enriched through multi-media presentations. Spanish B is the second part of a three-year basic program in Spanish and prepares the students remaining in the Middle School for entry into Middle School Spanish C.This proficiency-oriented course will continue to develop the student's communicative competence and strengthen creativity in using the four language skills with a sound grammatical foundation and a broadened vocabulary.

 

Materials and Texts: ¡Así se dice!

Workbook: ¡Así se dice!

Prerequisites: Spanish A or placement test/teacher recommendation

 

Length of Course: One Year


SPANISH C

This course is designed for students who have already successfully completed a previous middle school program in Spanish A and Spanish B. In this course, the student will continue to develop grammatical accuracy, and move from writing grammatically simple sentences, to more complex paragraphs. Composition will be reinforced, as well as speaking, reading, writing and listening skills, through dealing with everyday situations and understanding short written passages.

 

Students who complete this course successfully in Grade 8 may be placed in High School Spanish 2 or 3 in Grade 9, based on a placement test and/or the current teacher’s recommendation.

 

Materials and Texts: ¡Así se dice!

Workbook: ¡Así se dice!

Prerequisites: Spanish B or placement test/teacher recommendation

 

Length of Course: One year


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