The Arabic language is spoken by over twenty countries worldwide, and on a national level, over 250,000 Australian residents, making it the fourth most widely used language in the country. The aesthetic calligraphy and beauty of the written word has decorated historical landmarks across the world. Despite the hundreds of variations of dialects, the purity of the Arabic language has persisted throughout the centuries through God’s miracle; the Quran.
The importance of teaching Arabic to our children at an early age is essential. Arabic is the core language of all our traditional Islamic sources, including the Holy Quran and Prophetic traditions.
In the process of learning Arabic at school, students begin to learn how to interact with their fellow peers, teachers and other Arabic speakers through various means of communication, including technology, performances such as role plays, designing Arabic newspapers and advertisements, viewing documentaries, analysing Arabic tales and conducting rich group discussions. Furthermore, Arabic competitions are organised to encourage students to actively participate and engage in Arabic activities such as ‘nasheeds’ and vocabulary games. Such activities provide our students an opportunity to develop an understanding of the cultural and linguistic differences and thus, an appreciation of the Arabic language.
Students’ capabilities are taken into consideration, and thus, students are divided into groups based on their level of competence. Arabic is also offered as an elective in year 10 and as a VCE subject for our senior students who are achieving commendable results in the subject.
Below is an outline of the Unit of Work topics covered in the secondary classes:
| Dinning at a restaurant
|The Olympic Games
||The Arab World
| Daily Lifestyle
|Careers & Occupation
|| Famous People