Curriculum

languages

Cultural awareness and true internationalism lie at the heart of TCG's concept and we uphold this philosophy through our language programme. Understanding a language gives us a deeper understanding of it and respect for its culture.  An international, multi-lingual environment therefore helps children develop effective communication tools - a must in today's international world.

Our emphasis on languages helps make TCG internationally-relevant, enabling students to graduate into any school and any curriculum in the world. It also helps us deliver a contemporary education experience in terms of the age in which we're living; our language philosophy lays strong foundations that children can build on to help them meet the challenges of the 21st Century.

The main language of instruction is English and the other languages of instruction are French and Arabic.
Why Speak French?

"The most precise image of the French spirit is the French language itself"
Désiré Nisard, Histoire de la Littérature Française

1.  French is the fifth most widely spoken language in the world
French is an official language in 29 countries and is understood in 55 countries by over 200 million people. It is an official language of all United Nations agencies, NATO, UNESCO, the European Union, the International Olympic Committee, the International Red Cross and a large number of other important international organisations. 

2.  French is ranked as the second most influential language in the world for a combination of factors including:
a)    the number of French speakers worldwide
b)    the number of major fields using the language internationally
c)    the economic power of the countries and organisations using the language 
d)    the social prestige in which French is widely held

3.  French is one of the greatest languages of culture and romance
French is a major lingua franca of culture. Understanding French therefore opens the door to a wider appreciation of art, music, dance, fashion, food, architecture and literature. France has produced many of the world’s greatest philosophers, won more Nobel Prizes for literature than any other country, is one of the top producers of international films and its array of museums are famed world-wide, with the Louvre being one of the oldest, best-known and most widely-visited museums in the world.

4.  Speaking French will expand your international study and career opportunities
When deciding on which foreign language to study at school, many parents and students choose French because, apart from English, this is the only language spoken widely on five continents. Since an understanding of a language brings with it an understanding of its culture, speaking French will therefore give you the greatest number of choices later on in your studies at the same time as improving the interpersonal skills you’ll be able to bring to your international career.  

5.  French speakers have access to a range of good job opportunities
France plays a leading role in many industries, including: automobiles, trains, economic development, high energy physics, medical genetics, electronics equipment, aerospace, satellites and more.

6.  Understanding French improves your understanding of English
As strange as that may sound, it’s true!  You learn a lot about your own language when you study another and as over 50,000 English words have their origin in French, it will help improve your knowledge and understanding of English vocabulary.
Why Learn Arabic?

"There is an urgent need for young people from the Middle Eastern and North African region and young people from the United States to understand each other's realities and cultures"
AIESEC, the world's largest student organization.

1. Arabic is the fifth most commonly spoken native language in the world
Arabic is the official language of over 20 countries and there are over 300 million native speakers of the language. These speakers are largely concentrated in the Middle East, but there are minority groups of native speakers throughout the world. It is also an official language of the United Nations, the Arab League, the Organization of Islamic Conference and the African Union.

2. Arabic is the liturgical language of Islam
In addition to the millions of native speakers, many more millions know Arabic as a foreign language. As the language of the Qu'ran, it is understood by Muslims throughout the world. 

3. There is a high demand and low supply of Arabic-speakers in the Western world
Relatively few Westerners learn Arabic. With the growing importance of the Middle East in international affairs, there is therefore an extreme shortage of workers in the West who are adequately versed in Arabic language and culture. Those who study Arabic can find careers in a variety of fields: journalism, business and industry, education, finance and banking, translation and interpretation, consulting, foreign service and intelligence and many more.  

4. Arabic-speaking nations are a fast growing market for trade
Initiatives to integrate the Arab world into the global economy are opening up numerous potential new business opportunities. With its rapidly growing population, the Arab region provides a huge export market for goods and services. With an annual GDP of over US$600 billion, the region has much to offer the world market. In order to do business effectively, one must understand the language and culture of the people with whom one hopes to negotiate and conduct trade.

5. Arabic-speaking people have made significant contributions to world civilisation
While Europe was experiencing the relative intellectual stagnation of the Middle Ages, the Arab-Islamic civilisation was at its zenith. Arabs contributed a great deal to the advancement of science, medicine, and philosophy. Much learning from the Greek, Roman, and Byzantine cultures was preserved for the world through Arab libraries.  Arabs have also made significant contributions in such areas as literature, mathematics, navigation, astrology, and architecture. A knowledge of Arabic enables the exploration of this vast body of knowledge in its original language.

6. The Arab-speaking world has a rich cultural heritage
The Arab world has its own unique art, music, literature, cuisine, and way of life.  Westerners know about belly dancing, have perhaps read 1001 Nights and may have tried some popular Middle Eastern dishes such as hummus or falafel, but Western exposure to the Arab way of life is generally fairly limited. In exploring the Arabic world, you will learn to appreciate its distinct cultural products and practices and understand some of the values important to the Arabic people, such as honour, dignity, and hospitality.

7. Knowing Arabic can promote intercultural understanding
In addition to having limited exposure to real Arabic culture, Westerners are often presented with one-dimensional stereotypes of Arabic-speaking people through news media, Hollywood films, and other sources. At the same time, events in the Middle East affect our daily lives. Reliance on such superficial images can lead to mistrust and miscommunication. Those who learn Arabic gain deeper insights into the cultural, political, and religious values that motivate people in those cultures. People who know Arabic can negotiate the cultural and linguistic gap between nations, assist in solving and avoiding intercultural conflict, and help businesses successfully engage in international trade.

8. An Arabic influence is evident in many other languages
The export of concepts, products, and cultural practices from Arabic-speakers is evident in the vocabulary that Arabic has lent other languages. Algebra was invented by Arab mathematicians in medieval times. Such staple products as coffee and cotton came from the Arab world, as well as jasmine, lemon, and lime. Other Arabic loan-words appearing in English denote such diverse things as henna, macrame, lute, mattress, gerbil, sorbet, safari and muslin. The influence of Arabic culture is apparent not only in the English language; numerous Arabic contributions are also discernible in Persian, Turkish, Kurdish, Spanish, Swahili, Urdu and other languages.

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