World Language Department at SHS
Lebanon is a multilingual country, and all its languages are equally valuable modes of communication. This is the very same concept that SHS builds its World Language Department on. Such a concept helps define our students’ identities. Sagesse High School promotes world languages. This comes to give students the opportunity to become linguistically and culturally equipped to adapt with different social and cultural settings.
School Language Philosophy
In line with the Mission Statement, Sagesse High School challenges students to become «life-long learners and responsible citizens» by using the language both within and beyond school setting. The majority of the school community is a pluralistic Lebanese society that provides a wide variety of linguistic backgrounds and cultural heritage. SHS recognizes the crucial importance of the development of the mother tongue strongly linked to the cultural identity. However, students also benefit from the cultural richness of other languages such as French, Spanish and Italian to ensure a healthy cognitive development.
SHS is a bilingual school that offers an educational curriculum in both Lebanese and American programs (L.P. and A.P.). In addition, Sagesse High School offers the IB Diploma Program in Secondary Division.
English and Arabic are, therefore, the main language groups represented in the school.
English is considered as Language 1 in both American and IBDP programs. In parallel, Arabic is Language 1 in the Lebanese Program.
English is the main medium of instruction in all classes with the exception of other Language classes and some subjects in the Lebanese Program. English is also used as a mode of communication among all Staff and Faculty.
SHS recognizes the diversity of its students’ language profile; therefore, the school offers Arabic, French, Spanish and Italian that are considered as Language 2 in both American and IBDP Programs and French, Spanish and Italian that are also considered as Language 2 in the Lebanese Program.
Maya Metni Helou
Head of World Language Department