World Languages

Welcome to World Languages! Please check the links below to learn more about Arabic and French departments/courses at ACS Beirut.

Arabic Department

The Arabic Department at ACS offers a comprehensive and dynamic Arabic language program that aims at developing the learners’ communication skills and cultural awareness of the Arab world in Modern Standard Arabic. The Arabic program offers opportunities for the learners to create connections to other disciplines and to real life situations through the use of Arabic language. The goal of the Arabic program is to develop in the learners an appreciation to language learning and culture awareness so they become life-long language learners.

The Arabic Curriculum is standard based integrating the Lebanese national program, the IB diploma curriculum and the AERO+ World Languages Standards. The Arabic curriculum is designed to meet the needs of the international students enrolled in ACS and speaks to their different backgrounds and proficiencies. Hence, two Arabic programs are offered:

  • Modern Standard Arabic program for native and heritage learners
  • Arabic as a foreign Language program for non-native learners

Placement in these programs depends on the student’s background in Arabic and follows the guidelines set by the school in the Language Placement Policy.

Arabic Courses
GR
Honors Diploma
IB
LB
9

AFL II, III*

MSA 5*

 

LB Arabic 9 - MSA

10

AFL III, IV*

MSA 6*

 

LB Arabic 10 - MSA

11

Students choose at least one language course

IB Arabic B SL I

OR

IB Arabic B HL I

LB Arabic 11 - MSA

12

Students choose at least one language course

IB Arabic B SL II

OR

IB Arabic B HL II

LB Arabic 12 - MSA 

*Students are assigned to the appropriate class level based on a proficiency test.

Course Descriptions
Arabic 9

AFL II (Novice High)

This course is designed for students who have studied Arabic for 1-2 years. The main emphasis of this course is oral communication and the ability to use conversational skills in the completion of performance tasks. Students in this course will learn vocabulary, grammar and simple language structures and will begin to develop an ability to read and produce simple written tasks.

AFL III (Intermediate Low)

This course is designed for students who have studied Arabic for 2-3 years. The main emphasis of this course is oral and written communication. Students will learn vocabulary, grammar and language structures and will begin to develop an ability to read and produce written tasks.

HS Arabic 5 (MSA)

This course, along with Arabic 6, taken in Grade 10, is a pre-requisites to joining IB B Higher Level course in grades 11 and 12. In this course, students will be exposed to modern Arabic literature. Students will participate in learning activities that enable them to respond in writing and orally to literary texts. They will follow the writing process and 6 traits rubric in writing essays of various genres.

Arabic 10

AFL III (Intermediate Low)

This course is designed for students who have studied Arabic for 2-3 years. The main emphasis of this course is oral and written communication. Students will learn vocabulary, grammar and language structures and will begin to develop an ability to read and produce written tasks.

AFL IV (Intermediate High)

This course is designed for students who have studied Arabic for 3-4 years. Oral communication continues to be the emphasis of this course. Students will participate in authentic oral tasks. In writing, students will produce written tasks for various purposes and audiences. This course is a pre-requisite to IB B Standard Level course.

HS Arabic 6 (MSA)

This course is a pre-requisite to joining IB B Higher Level course in grades 11 and 12. In this course, students will be exposed to modern Arabic literature. Students will participate in learning activities that enable them to respond in writing and orally to literary texts. They will follow the writing process and 6 traits rubric in writing essays of various genres.

LB Courses

LB Arabic 9 | LB Arabic 10 | LB Arabic 11 | LB Arabic 12

The aim of these courses is to prepare students for the Lebanese official exams in grades 9 and 12. Students in these courses will participate in language activities that enable them to meet the requirements of the Lebanese National curriculum. The writing process and 6 traits will continue to be a major learning activity in these courses.

IB Courses

IB Arabic B Standard Level I

This two year course is designed to prepare students for the IB external and internal exams as per the IB curriculum guide. Students in this course will function with increased proficiency in their language skills. At the end of this course, students will be able to produce mostly clear texts where the use of register, style, and structural elements are appropriate to the audience and purpose.

IB Arabic B Higher Level I

This two year course is designed to prepare students for the IB external and internal exams as per the IB curriculum guide. The content of the course is designed to prepare students to function with an increased proficiency level in oral as well as written tasks. At the end of the course, students are expected to communicate orally using the standard Arabic with a degree of fluency, produce clear texts where the use of register and rhetoric is appropriate to audience and purpose, and respond to literary texts.

IB Arabic B Standard Level II

This two year course is designed to prepare students for the IB external and internal exams as per the IB curriculum guide. Students in this course will function with increased proficiency in their language skills. At the end of this course, students will be able to produce mostly clear texts where the use of register, style, and structural elements are appropriate to the audience and purpose.

IB Arabic B Higher Level II

This two year course is designed to prepare students for the IB external and internal exams as per the IB curriculum guide. The content of the course is designed to prepare students to function with an increased proficiency level in oral as well as written tasks. At the end of the course, students are expected to communicate orally using the standard Arabic with a degree of fluency, produce clear texts where the use of register and rhetoric is appropriate to audience and purpose, and respond to literary texts.

French Department

The French curriculum is standards-based integrating the IB diploma curriculum, and the AERO+ World Languages Standards. French is provided in grades 9 to 12. Placement in the French language courses depends on student's background, proficiency level and availability of courses. All students entering High School will be given a placement test to assess their proficiency level. In order to abide by the ethical considerations of the IB Diploma Programme, students will be placed in appropriate language courses in grade 11 based on their proficiency and background.

French Courses
GR
Honors Diploma
IB
9

French II SL*

French II HL*

 

10

French III SL*

French III HL*

 

11

Students choose at least one language course

IB French Ab Initio I

IB French B SL I

IB French B HL I

12

Students choose at least one language course

IB French Ab Initio II

IB French B SL II

IB French B HL II

*Prerequisite for all courses and levels: placement test and/or interview.

Grade 9

French II SL

This course is designed to be followed over 1 year by students with some previous experience of the language. Through listening, speaking, reading and writing activities, students should be able to interact in a range of everyday situations. In addition, it also presents insights into the culture of the French speaking people. Topics covered are: introducing oneself and others, renting an apartment, relationships with neighbors and at work, celebrations, hobbies, sports, music, cultural events, travel, transportation.

French II HL

This course is designed to be followed over 1 year by students with previous experience of the language. Through listening, speaking, reading and writing activities, students should be able to interact in a range of everyday situations. In addition, it also presents insights into the culture of the French speaking people. Topics covered are: family and friends, celebrations, shopping, school, daily routine, childhood activities and events, leisure activities, health, movies-books-tv programs, vacations.

Grade 10

French III SL

This course is designed to be followed over 1 year by students with some previous experience of the language. Through listening, speaking, reading and writing activities, students should be able to interact in a range of everyday situations. In addition, it also presents insights into the culture of the French speaking people. Topics covered are: greeting and meeting people, asking for and giving directions, daily activities, ordering and shopping for food, feelings and states of mind, professional relationships, discussing future plans.

French III HL

This course is designed to be followed over 1 year by students with previous experience of the language. Through listening, speaking, reading and writing activities, students should be able to interact in a range of everyday situations. In addition, it also presents insights into the culture of the French speaking people. Topics covered are: back to school, professions, legends and stories, life events, nature and outdoor sports, media, environment, politics and government, arts, travel.

IB Courses

IB French Ab Initio I/II

The ab initio course is designed to be followed over 2 years by students with little or no previous experience of the language. Through listening, speaking, reading and writing activities, students should be able to interact in a range of everyday situations. In addition, it also presents insights into the culture of the French speaking people. Topics covered are: individual and society (daily routine, education, food and drink, personal details/appearance and character, physical health, relationships, shopping), leisure and work (employment, entertainment, holidays, media, sport, technology, transport) and urban and rural environment (environmental concerns, global issues, neighborhood, physical geography, town and services, weather).

IB French B SL I/II

The language B SL course is designed to be followed over 2 years by students with previous learning of the language. The objective is the development of the language skills through the study of written and spoken material and the awareness of the culture of French-speaking countries. Topics covered are: communication and media, global issues, social relationships, cultural diversity, customs and traditions, health, leisure, science and technology.

IB French B HL I/II

The language B HL course is designed to be followed over 2 years by students with previous learning of the language. The objective is the development of the language skills through the study of written and spoken material and the awareness of the culture and literature of French-speaking countries. Topics covered are: communication and media, global issues, social relationships, cultural diversity, customs and traditions, health, leisure, science and technology and literature.

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