RB has a commitment to language learning, which it demonstrates through English as the principal language of instruction, second language classes at multiple proficiency levels, English as a Second Language (ESL) and mother tongue support.
Our host country language – Arabic – is offered to all students up to Year 2. Language learning is also offered as part of our Royal Britannia Academy RBA extra curricular programme.
English as a Second Language (ESL) Programme
Our ESL program supports students for whom English is not their strongest language. In First Steps and Pre-Primary, classroom teachers emphasise English language learning and development throughout the school day. In Primary and Year 1 ESL teachers work closely with classroom teachers to meet the language acquisition needs of the students. Everyday conversational language is acquired quite quickly; children are usually able to participate in classroom routines and socialise with other children in their first year of English learning.
Of course, more complex academic language takes longer to develop. Research shows that it may take five to seven years for ESL learners to acquire the academic aspects of English to a similar standard as their native-speaking peers.
Arabic Language Instruction
Participation in the Arabic language programme is compulsory for all students from Pre-Primary through Year 2. The Arabic program is designed for students to develop communicative competence in their host country language. The school offers instruction in Arabic as a mother tongue and as a foreign language.
In the early years, the program is centered around listening, comprehension and speaking skills. Students are more formally introduced to reading and writing in Arabic in Years 1 and 2