World Languages


The American Community School of Abu Dhabi believes that language is at the heart of the human experience. To study another language and culture is to gain an especially rich preparation for the future. The ability to speak another language prepares students for school and community service projects, increases their employment options, and expands their opportunities for leisure activities.

As language learning is a life long endeavor, the American Community School of Abu Dhabi World Language Program aims to:

  • Produce students who can communicate both culturally and linguistically with peoples of many global communities.
  • Help students gain confidence in their ability to use their language skills in real world situations and to motivate them to continue their learning in a variety of contexts;
  • Develop students’ intercultural understanding;
  • Enable students to understand and use the language they have studied in a range of contexts and for a variety of purposes;
  • Encourage, through the study of texts and through social interaction, an awareness and appreciation of the different perspectives of people from other cultures;
  • Provide the opportunity for critical thinking, enjoyment, and creativity through knowledge of an additional language.
These competencies are integral to their role as global citizens in order to foster respect for cultural diversity.


World Language: Native Arabic

American Community School’s Native Arabic curriculum fosters the continuous development and integration of reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing and thinking. It represents a language arts-based approach to language learning. Opportunities are provided for students to experience content and skills through the Arabic language in meaningful contexts for a variety of purposes and audiences.

Students in Native Arabic attend classes on a daily basis in elementary and every other day in middle and high school.

ACS will be transitioning its Native Arabic curriculum to align with the ISS-WLI (International School Services – World Language Initiative) Native Arabic standards, recently adopted by the Ministry of Education in Abu Dhabi. This transition will be completed by the 2016 school year.


World Language: Non-Native Arabic

ACS is proud to provide the opportunity for all students to study Arabic as a second language at our school. Beginning with interactive Arabic read-aloud for our youngest learners in KG1, our non-native Arabic program allows for all students to develop their language skills in Arabic.
In our elementary school, all students attend daily Arabic language learning classes. Our instructional materials include leveled workbooks and trade books in Arabic, providing students with a proficiency-based curriculum that is engaging and differentiated.

The ACS Non-Native Arabic curriculum is aligned to ACTFL (American Council for Teachers of Foreign Language) standards and proficiency guidelines. These standards were reviewed in 2012.


World Language: French and Spanish

Beginning in middle school, students may elect to begin to learn the French or Spanish language. This instructional option continues into the high school, affording students the prerequisite skills needed to meet the expectations of IB Group 2 Language B standard level (SL) or higher level (HL) courses.

The ACS World Language curriculum is aligned to ACTFL (American Council for Teachers of Foreign Language) standards and proficiency guidelines.