The WLD supports both the mission and the vision of SHS by building language programs that provide opportunities for students to develop holistic education competency. The WLD challenges students to become «life-long learners» and «actively responsible citizens» by using the language both within and beyond school setting, and concentrate on the acquisition of the language and knowledge of the cultures that language expresses.
Linguistic and cultural profile of the school population
Lebanon is a multilingual country and all its languages are equally valuable modes of communication that partake in defining the student’s identity. SHS promotes world languages from the earliest ages with the aim of giving the students the opportunity to become linguistically and culturally equipped to accept social differences. SHS is a bilingual school that offers an educational curriculum in both Lebanese and American program (LP and AP). In addition, Sagesse High School offers IB Diploma Program in the Secondary Division.
Languages at Sagesse High School
- Language 1
English and Arabic are the main language groups represented in the school. English is considered as Language 1 in both American and IBDP program. In parallel, Arabic is Language 1 in the Lebanese Program. In addition, English is the main medium of instruction in all classes with the exception of other Language classes and some subjects in the Lebanese Program.
Language 1 indicates that the language is taught in a way appropriate for students:
- For whom that language is their mother tongue;
- For whom that language is one of their mother tongues; and
- Who have reached native or near native competency in the language.
- Language 2
Arabic, French, Spanish and Italian are considered as Language 2 in both American and IBDP Program. Only French, Spanish and Italian are Language 2 in the Lebanese Program since Arabic is Language 1.
Language 2 indicates that the language is taught in a way appropriate for students:
- For whom that language is not their mother tongue;
- Who have not reached native or near native competency in the language.
Languages in the different Divisions
English and Arabic are the main language groups represented in the Preschool Division and French is introduced in KGs as a foreign Language since it is co official in Lebanon.
Lower and Upper Elementary Divisions
From Gr. 1 to Gr. 6, Arabic is the official Language 1 in the Lebanese Program. English is the main medium of instruction for most subjects. French is obligatory as Language 2 since it is co official in Lebanon.
In the American Program, English is the official Language 1 and the main medium of instruction. In addition, from Gr.1 to Gr.6, French and Arabic are obligatory as Language 2.
Intermediate and Secondary Divisions
Starting the Intermediate Division level, the WLD has been organized in a cyclical 3 year-program that allows the learners to master the language of their choice and fosters a healthy cognitive development that will leads to a worldwide recognized diploma in the target Language.
Cycle I is a 3 year-program in the Intermediate division that offers Arabic, French, Spanish and Italian in the American Program and French, Spanish and Italian in the Lebanese Program. Students choose one Language out of three in the L.P. and two out of four in the A.P.
Cycle II, the second 3 year-program for the Secondary Division, offers Arabic, French, Spanish and Italian in both the American or the IBDP programs and French, Spanish and Italian in the Lebanese Program for only 2 years. Students choose one Language out of three in the L.P. and one out of four in the A.P.
The World Language Department at SHS refers to the Common European Frame of References for Languages (CEFR) to define levels of proficiency and measure the learners’ progress at each stage.
Since 2009, the WLD has been working as a team, collaborating together to enhance cultural diversity and at the same time, help students to define their own identity. Many events were accomplished for these purposes such as: World Language Event I and II, ¨Li Beirut¨ Event, Poem Contest, Language week, Italian Day, Spanish Day, Iraqi Day and World Language on Stage.
Looking forward to going on with new ideas, the WLD has already started preparing new challenges for the current year in spite of the pandemic.
Hoping to be a successful year. We have faith that we can ¨make a change¨.