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Languages

The world languages taught at AUS will focus on our students’ ability to communicate. The foundational skills of language: reading, writing, speaking, listening – are developed in an engaging style utilizing technology and enveloped in the study of its cultural and global impact. The students can choose from French, Spanish and Arabic language study. Additional languages will be added as AUS grows. Most colleges and universities require or recommend World Language classes for acceptance into their institutions. The need for World Language study continues to grow as the need for better communication and understanding in our global community expands.

The English Language Learner (ELL) program

Proficiency in the English language is a requirement for admission. However because our students live in an Arabic environment where family ties and local culture are extremely important, their English may not keep up with the demands of the curriculum. Students who are experiencing academic difficulty due to limited English skills will be assigned to take ELL training and guidance.

Arabic as a Foreign Language Program (AFL)

The AFL program is available for those students whose first language is not Arabic. Students in AFL learn the foundational skills: phonetics, meaning, etc. for Arabic language acquisition. Students are assessed at the beginning of the academic year and must obtain Ministry of Education (MOE) approval to take the AFL program.

Arabic for Native Speakers

We are committed to building a strong Arabic Language curriculum for students. All students who are native Arabic speakers are taught reading, writing, literature, grammar, and composition. Arabic for Arabs is a compulsory subject as per requirements by the MOE.

French

Students taking French develops basic speaking, reading, listening, and writing skills. Students are introduced to the Francophone culture through geography, music, and the arts. Speaking is emphasized; all language skills are reinforced and refined. The course is aligned to the national Foreign Language standards and provides a way to focus on the five important aspects of foreign language instruction: communication, culture, connections, comparisons and community.

Spanish

This course will help students develop proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Students will read and analyze selected fictional passages to increase their knowledge of Spanish language, culture vocabulary, and grammatical concepts. Students will learn to gather, evaluate, and synthesize information from a variety of media sources. Students taking Spanish will learn to carry on a simple conversation.