The overall language of instruction in Qatar-Finland International School is English, apart from Arabic mother tongue and Islamic studies in Arabic.
In Qatar-Finland International School, students are heterogenous when it comes to their level of proficiency in the English language. English language skills are developed and assessed through multiple approaches in reading, writing, listening, speaking, and multi-literacy. Our teachers deploy an approach called Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) to support and develop students’ language skills.
We emphasize the value of foreign language studies:
According to our language program, students can choose studies in Arabic, French or Spanish. The program includes a compulsory advanced level language (A1) and a standard level language (B1). Students may also choose additional optional languages (B2 and B3). Arabic mother tongue is taught according to the Qatari regulations.
Language program complies with the following steps:
Grade 0: Language shower, introducing different languages, one term each for French, Spanish and Arabic. Arabic is compulsory for Arabic Mother Tongue speakers.
Grades 1-5: Students are studying their chosen A1 language which is studied for four lessons weekly. Arabic is compulsory for Arabic Mother Tongue speakers.
Grades 6-7: Students continue studying their chosen A1 language/AMT and in addition they are choosing their B1-language, which will be studied for two lessons weekly.
Grades 8-9: Students continue studying their chosen A1 language/AMT and B1-language. Students also have a possibility to choose an optional B2-language, which will be studied for two lessons weekly.
Grades 10-12: Students continue studying A1/AMT and B1 languages, number of weekly lessons remain the same but courses are not necessary in each period. Students also have a possibility to choose an optional B3-language which will be studied for two lessons weekly depending on the period.