Yusr International Schools
Language Policy 2017/2018
A chain of unique schools with an Islamic perspective providing various international educational programs with a holistic and comprehensive vision maintained through high quality standards in an interactive learning environment, whilst upholding morals, identity and respect for different cultures.
At Yusr International Schools, we are committed to delivering a comprehensive international education program that enables our students to be life-long learners through improving their knowledge, critical thinking, ethics and communication skills. We have established a healthy school environment that fosters values and consolidates Islamic culture and principles. Hence, we strive to inspire identity in our students whilst developing respect and global understanding.
Our target is to produce a generation of distinguished leaders and constructive members of society who help to create a caring and peaceful world. We embrace the fact that all students learn in different ways; therefore, we can, Insha’Allah, provide our students with a variety of teaching and learning approaches that meet their individual needs and allow them to excel academically. Since learning is a lifelong process that requires the involvement of all stakeholders, our students and their parents are partners in education.
Yusr International Schools (YIS) were founded in 2007 in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. YIS were licensed by the Ministry of Education (MOE) and was re-accredited by AdvancED for a period of 5 years in 2017. Currently, YIS have been a candidate school for the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme. In addition to this, we are accredited Cambridge English and AP testing centre.
Purpose of School Language Policy
The language policy is a working document developed by the staff and administration of YIS. The policy is consistent with the required principles and practices of the IB. This document outlines our schools’ linguistic and academic goals and defines the program designed to help our students attain these goals.
This policy is intended to provide an overview and guiding principles for language learning at YIS which is spreading in the entire school curriculum through authentic contexts in a culturally rich and diverse environment. The language policy aspires to fulfil each aspect of the mission statement.
Our policy is a statement of agreement—one to which the staff and the YIS community are asked to commit to so our school can achieve its mission.
Language Philosophy and Beliefs
Practices That Reflect Our Beliefs
At YIS, admission to the PYP is inclusive, however, the student must undertake the following admissions procedure. Students must undergo entrance exams in English, Arabic and Mathematics, followed by an interview with the student and his/her parents in order to assess the capability of the student. Based on this, the decision can then be made to see whether the student needs additional English language support.
From Grades 7-12, the student must undertake an entrance exam in the subjects of English, Arabic, Mathematics and the Sciences. The student must then undergo an interview with the Head of Section. The purpose of the interview is to assess the prior knowledge of the student alongside the written entrance exam.
Language assessment is an essential part at YIS. Students are assessed in a variety of ways: both formative and summative assessments, in order to assess the on-going development of the students’ language in reading, writing, listening and speaking.
English as the Primary Language of Instruction
English is the language of instruction with YIS. From the Kindergarten grade level to Grade 12, the classroom provides enriched language instruction and is sensitive to non-native speakers’ needs. Students will usually need more intensive, small-group language instruction.
With the support and expertise of YIS, the school ensures that newcomers with limited acquisition of English skills have access to the English language and curriculum. All students are given diagnostic tests in English in order to see their level and to assess them accordingly.
Within the PYP, languages are taught by promoting inquiry based learning and integrating speaking, reading and writing in all subjects within the Units of Inquiry. YIS offer remedial classes for students who struggle with the English language.
Host Language Learning
The host language, Arabic, has high importance and it is compulsory for the students to learn. Students learn the Arabic language as to help with their social integration within the school and within their community. Students are given a diagnostic test at the beginning of the year in order to see their level. Once assessed, they are placed in one of two Arabic programs at the school:
French as a Third Language
French is taught schoolwide from Grade 1 until Grade 9 as a third language in addition to English and Arabic. After Grade 9, students are able to choose French as an elective subject until they graduate.
Mother Tongue Support
The preservation of the mother tongue is an essential belief of YIS. If students have a different mother tongue language that YIS cannot cater for, parents are able to volunteer in order to teach that specific language at our facilities. If we are unable to provide that instruction, we provide information to parents on where certain language programs can be found.
YIS will be introducing an after-school club for students to learn the Chinese language. There will be two different classes for the students: beginners and advanced. Classes will be two times a week and are given by a native speaker.
Roles and Responsibilities: