Mission and Vision for the Arabic language in the BSA

The Department of Arabic Language its mission is to teach Arabic as a first language and also Arabic foreign language. The department aims to continue to provide high-quality, proficiency-oriented Arabic language instruction, at all levels, to students of different interests, backgrounds and careers.


The programme is divided into three basic levels of instruction: Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced.


Students will learn to read and write using the Arabic alphabet and acquire the skills needed to conduct simple conversations concerning daily needs. Students begin building a vocabulary base and are introduced to basic grammar. By the end of level one, students should be able to satisfy routine social demands and limited work requirements.


Students entering the intermediate level should be able to speak, converse on limited subjects, and read and write simple texts. This level emphasizes techniques for reading, research and composition in Arabic, as well as advanced conversational skills. Audio-visual and published materials are introduced to reinforce listening and reading comprehension. Students gain confidence in grammar and concentrate on expanding their vocabulary base. At the end of this level, students should be able to speak, read and write confidently on various subjects, including religion, economics and culture.


Students should be able to speak with confidence and clarity in most situations and be capable of reading and writing on different subjects with relative ease. The advanced level emphasizes overall reading comprehension, advanced writing skills, translation techniques and continued vocabulary acquisition. In addition to texts introduced for classwork and home study, course material may also reflect the individual needs and interests of the advanced student. Students who complete this level should possess Arabic skills.

Arabic Courses taught in school (BSA)

  1. The Pearson Edexcel Advanced Subsidiary and Advanced GCE in Arabic specification (2 units)

Unit 1: Understanding and Written Response

Unit 2: Writing and Research


The content is relevant, engaging and up to date. Topics related to the interests of students studying Arabic for purposes of communication, for example in study and leisure situations. Contexts and settings will be those that students are likely to encounter, for example, school, the media. Culturally sensitive and authentic reading texts used throughout.

  1. Pearson Edexcel International GCSE in Arabic (First Language)

2 papers

Paper 1: Reading, Summary and Grammar

Paper2: Writing


The course has been designed to allow flexibility for centres, as they have the option to deliver the required skills and knowledge through their local curriculum.

  1. Cambridge IGCSE for Non-native students

Paper 1: Listening

Paper 2: Reading

Paper 3: Speaking

Paper 4: Writing


• Topic areas: the list of topic areas from which all textual material used in the examination will be drawn.

• Minimum Core Vocabulary: the list of vocabulary to be tested in Sections 1 and 2 of Paper 2, Role Plays A

of Paper 3 and Section 1 of Paper 4.

Arabic team in school

  1. Maissa Wassef Head of National studies (Arabic&National studies), teaches Arabic Advanced level (IAL) & Arabic IGSCE for Non-native students
  2. Mohamed Ezzat Arabic Coordinator teaches IGCSE (Arabic as a first language)
  3. Hossam Khalifa Senior Arabic teacher
  4. Ahmed Hassan Primary Arabic teacher
  5. Mahmoud El Saharty Primary Arabic teacher
  6. Youssef Abdel Rahman Senior Social Studies teacher
  7. Reem Adel Primary Arabic teacher
  8. Samar Hamdy Primary Arabic teacher
  9. Nagla Mahmoud Primary Social study teacher
  10. Fouada Ismail Primary Nonnative teacher