Arabic Courses at Bell High are designed for Heritage, and non-native speakers, that is, students who have not studied Arabic before and do not speak any Arabic. We currently offer 4 Arabic Levels. Arabic Levels 1 and 2 are designed for students who have no previous instruction in Arabic, and are categorized as Non Heritage. Arabic H III, and H IV are offered to both Heritage and non heritage students. Arabic III and IV are part of the Arabic IB program, which is in its initial year.
Language B : is an additional language-learning course designed for students with some previous learning of that language. It may be studied at either SL or HL. The main focus of the course is on language acquisition and development of language skills. These language skills should be developed through the study and use of a range of written and spoken material. Such material will extend from everyday oral exchanges to literary texts, and should be related to the culture(s) concerned. The material should be chosen to enable students to develop mastery of language skills and intercultural understanding. It should not be intended solely for the study of specific subject matter or content.
Language SL or HL:
Language B is a language acquisition course developed at two levels—standard level (SL) and higher level (HL)—
for students with some background in the target language. While acquiring a language, students will explore the
culture(s) connected to it. The focus of these courses is language acquisition and intercultural understanding.
The language B syllabus approaches the learning of language through meaning. Through the study of the core and
the options at SL and HL, plus two literary works at HL, students build the necessary skills to reach the assessment
objectives of the language B course through the expansion of their receptive, productive and interactive skills.
SL and HL are differentiated by the recommended number of teaching hours, the depth of syllabus coverage,
the study of literature at HL, and the level of difficulty and demands of assessment and assessment criteria.
The core—with topics common to both levels—is divided into three areas and is a required area of study.
• Communication and media
• Global issues
• Social relationships
In addition, at both SL and HL, teachers select two from the following five options.
• Cultural diversity
• Customs and traditions
• Science and technology
Also, at HL, students read two works of literature.
Language ab initio ( Arabic II)
The language ab initio course is organized into three themes.1) Individual and society, 2) Leisure and work, and 3) Urban and rural environment
Each theme has a list of topics that provide the students with opportunities to practice and explore the language as well as to develop intercultural understanding. Through the development of receptive, productive and interactive skills, students should be able to respond and interact appropriately in a defined range of everyday situations. Each language ab initio course has a language-specific syllabus that is used in conjunction with the guide. Language ab initio is available at SL only.
Upon completion of 4 years of Arabic, students are qualified to earn their Seal of Bi-Literacy. Students who don't complete 4 years of Arabic are required to provide proof of Arabic language proficiency of Advance Low or higher. Contact me if you have questions or concerns