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French Language Department

Comme le Liban est un pays plurilingue par excellence, l’arabe, le français et l’anglais se côtoient pour former le paysage sociolinguistique libanais.  Dans ce contexte-là, l’enseignement de la langue française à l’école AZM s’inscrit dans une démarche de qualité visant à promouvoir un français ouvert et adapté au contexte libanais plurilingue. 

Notre souci est d’apprendre à l’élève de réinvestir ses acquis dans le monde social. On apprend une langue pour pouvoir interagir socialement. L’apprenant se trouve désormais dans une perspective qui l’oblige à mobiliser ses compétences afin de « jouer pleinement le jeu » d’apprenant actif.

Notre enseignement, basé essentiellement sur  l’acquisition de compétences langagières orales et écrites, vise à développer chez les élèves de nouveaux rapports aux langues, des rapports qu’ils construisent eux-mêmes en fonction de leur vécu. Ainsi l’enseignement du français est l’occasion d’un voyage à la rencontre d’autres cultures mais également l’occasion de porter un autre regard sur son pays. Nos élèves apprendront à mieux connaître leur propre culture tout en conservant l’envie de découvrir d’autres mondes. 

Notre curriculum ne se base  pas uniquement sur le programme libanais sinon il n’y aura aucune valeur ajoutée à l’école Azm. Il s’inspire du cadre européen commun de référence pour les langues (CECR), l’outil essentiel pour apprendre, enseigner et évaluer l’enseignement des langues.  Le CECR est traduit en plus de 33 langues et utilisé dans de nombreux pays du monde.

Notre méthodologie se base sur le socioconstructiviste (l’apprenant construit son savoir aves ses pairs) et  s’inspire de l’approche actionnelle (l’apprenant acteur censé accomplir une tâche). L’élève n'est plus simplement en attente de ce que l'enseignant va lui apprendre, mais il est placé en position d'acteur. Il est donc responsable lui-même de ses propres apprentissages.

Le français enseigné à l’école AZM permet de fournir aux élèves des outils de langue qui vont leur permettre de comprendre, de s’exprimer et d’agir en français. Ce n’est qu’en comprenant pourquoi il doit apprendre et acquérir ces outils que l’élève pourra faire siens les objectifs visés.

Comme notre but ultime est de favoriser un apprentissage autonome, l’enseignement des stratégies se révèle primordial puisqu’elles peuvent jouer un rôle déterminant en donnant aux apprenants l’impression de maîtriser leur apprentissage et de changer la perception qu’ils ont d’eux-mêmes. Souvent, les apprenants faibles ignorent tout de la méthode utilisée par les bons apprenants pour parvenir à leurs réponses et ils estiment qu’ils ne seront jamais de bons apprenants. C’est en mettant cette méthode à jour qu’on pourra démythifier cet a priori. L’enseignement des stratégies d’apprentissage peut donc les aider à comprendre qu’ils ne sont pas condamnés à être de «mauvais apprenants de langues» et qu’il leur est possible à cet égard de prendre des contre-mesures pratiques et concrètes. 

 

English Language Department

Language arts are fundamental in anchoring one’s thinking and communicating one’s ideas effectively. The skills of reading critically, writing forcefully, speaking clearly, and listening actively are the key.

The English language literacy program from K-12 presents the AZM's identified English Common Core Standards that ensure academic components are aligned with the Lebanese National Curriculum.  The applied language features, comprehensively identify and support AZM's students learner profile.

As students travel through their time at AZM School, their facility with and understanding of language animates their work across the disciplines. We see language work interwoven across the day, so that conversations, vocabulary, and craft become a seamless part of reading, writing, speaking, and listening in all classrooms.

READING

To become skilled readers, students must read widely and deeply from among a broad range of high-quality, increasingly challenging literary and informational texts. Through extensive reading of stories, dramas, and poems from diverse cultures and different time periods, students gain literary and cultural knowledge, as well as familiarity with various text structures and elements, including digital media. By reading texts in history/social studies, science, and other disciplines, they build a foundation of knowledge in these fields that will also give them the background needed to be better leaders. The curriculum is intentionally and coherently structured to develop rich content knowledge within and across all grades. 

WRITING

The act of writing itself enhances one’s ability to make meaning of experience for oneself and others. Creating text expands thinking, generates knowledge, and shares and communicates understanding. Writing involves effort, risk, and purpose; it takes practice, trial and error, exposure, direct instruction, time, and social support.

At AZM School, students learn how to generate writing ideas across topics and genres and become increasingly skillful at crafting a polished final piece. They appreciate that writing is a recursive process that involves prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing. Each year, students demonstrate increasing sophistication in all aspects of language use, from vocabulary and syntax to the development and organization of ideas. 

SPEAKING AND LISTENING

Each day, students take part in a variety of rich, structured conversations—as part of a whole class, in small groups, or with a partner. They learn to contribute accurate, relevant information; respond to and develop what others have said; and analyze and synthesize a multitude of ideas in various domains. Students learn to integrate information from oral, visual, quantitative, and media sources and are encouraged to evaluate what they hear, to use media and visual displays strategically to help achieve communicative purposes, and to adapt speech to context and task. New technologies have broadened the role that speaking and listening play in acquiring and sharing knowledge.  

In the early grades, students

  • Build foundational skills for reading by developing and attending to a strong phonemic awareness, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. 
  • Use writing as a way to offer and support opinions, to demonstrate understanding of the subjects they are studying, and to convey real and imagined experiences and events.
  • Develop the capacity to build knowledge on a subject through research projects and to respond analytically to literary and informational sources.
  • Establish active listening and effective and civil speaking skills and learn the conventions of language through dramatic play, read-alouds, discussions, and sharing. 

In the upper grades, students

  • Are becoming proficient readers with the capacity to comprehend texts across a range of genres and disciplines
  • Gain a reservoir of literary and cultural knowledge, references, and images by reading literature and literary nonfiction of steadily increasing sophistication
  • Develop the ability to evaluate intricate arguments; and the capacity to surmount the challenges posed by complex texts
  • Become increasingly proficient in taking task, purpose, and audience into consideration in their writing, choosing words, information, structures, and formats deliberately
  • Become adept at gathering information, evaluating sources, and citing material accurately, reporting findings from their research and analysis of sources in a clear and cogent manner.
  • Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar, usage, and mechanics when writing 
  • Continue to hone their skills as active listeners and clear and respectful speakers in a diverse and scholarly community.
  • Become increasingly adept at building a positive learning environment that values pride, respect, responsibility, integrity, leadership, diversity innovation, empathy, and self-control

Arabic Language Department

انطلاقا من وظيفة اللّغة، كأداة للتّواصل والتّفكير والإبداع، يسعى قسم اللّغة العربيّة في مدرسة العزم إلى اعتماد تصوّر جديد يسعى إلى:

  • اعتماد العربيّة الفصيحة لغة للتّواصل والتّعلم.
  • ربط اللّغة بالحياة وجعلها وظيفيّة إلى جانب تنميتها عند المتعلم : لغة، أدباً وإبداعاً.
  • الأهداف العامّة للّغة العربيّة تنقسم إلى أهداف متعلّقة ببناء شخصيّة المتعلّم الفرد والمواطن، وأهداف متعلّقة بتعزيز كفاية المتعلّم اللّغويّة.
  • أهداف متعلّقة ببناء شخصيّة المتعلّم الفرد والمواطن:
  • توظيف مادّة اللّغة العربيّة وآدابها في تنمية طاقاته الفكريّة والوجدانيّة والسّلوكيّة.
  • اتخاذ مواقف صحيحة من القضايا التي تواجهه في حياته.
  • التّعلّم الذّاتيّ عن طريق البحث والاستكشاف والعمل الفريقيّ والتّدريب على الاستفادة من المكتبات واستخدام المراجع والمعاجم وسائر مصادر المعلومات.


أهداف متعلقة بتعزيز كفاية المتعلّم اللغوية:

  • ربط اللّغة بالحياة عبر مواقف محببة وشائقة
  • اعتماد الفصحى لغة تواصل وتعليم وإيجاد ألفة بينه وبينها.
  • التّمكّن من القواعد الأساسيّة ، لا سيما الوظيفيّة في تعاطيه اللّغويّ، وإبراز طاقاته واستعداداته الخاصّة
  • تثبيت معرفته بقواعد اللّغة وصولاً إلى الفهم الدّقيق والتّعبير السّليم.
  • اكتشاف نظام لغته العربيّة في بناها الوظيفيّة وأساليبها الجمالية ، وصولاً إلى الإنشاء والإبداع
  • تدريب الطّالب على الكفايات والمهارات المنصوص عنها في مادة السّنة الدّراسيّة أو في سنتي الشّهادتين الرّسميتين.
  • توفير مادة شيّقة عمليّة مفيدة معاصرة للطّلاب الّذين لغتهم العربيّة هي اللّغة الثّانية (ASL)

 

Math Department

AZM School places the understanding, application of numbers and operations, algebra, geometry, measurement, data analysis and statistics, problem-solving, and reasoning skills as a top priority. Through their experiences at AZM School, students are expected to have a strong understanding of mathematical computation, concepts and processes, problem solving, reasoning and analysis while using mathematics to make sense of, and to solve complex problems in a variety of applications.

Teachers promote problem-solving skills and an exploratory curiosity in all students to assure critical thinking skills. Cooperative learning in the classroom is essential to increase student awareness in the value of cooperation.

Science Department

Teaching Science at AZM School provides the students the necessary tools for investigating, understanding, and explaining our natural, physical world and the wider universe. It involves generating and testing ideas, gathering evidence by making observations, carrying out investigations and modeling, and communicating and debating with others – in order to develop scientific knowledge, understanding, and explanations. For this purpose, our School is provided by Three Equipped laboratories for biology, physics and chemistry. 

Science instills in pupils the ability to solve problems and make informed decisions in many areas of life. Many of the major challenges and opportunities that confront our world need to be approached from a scientific perspective, taking into account social and ethical considerations

Social Studies Department

The social sciences learning area at AZM School is about how societies work and how people can participate as critical, active, informed, and responsible citizens. Contexts are drawn from the past, present, and places within and beyond Lebanon.

Through the social sciences, students develop the knowledge and skills to enable them to: better understand, participate in, and contribute to the local, national, and global communities in which they live and work; engage critically with societal issues; and evaluate the sustainability of alternative social, economic, political, and environmental practices.

IT Department

The IT curriculum at AZM School develops a sense of familiarity with functional uses of the computer through the use of programmed software and applications in the elementary school.

In the middle and secondary school, the skills are developed to an advanced level such as building websites, designing and coding applications, word processing, database, composition and entry, and the use of spreadsheets are emphasized.

The learning goals are not only focused on acquiring computer skills but also in the process of keeping the students up to date with newest technology trends worldwide. It is mainly focusing on developing a creative and innovative mindset for the students who will be able to come up with remarkable innovations in the future to add to the local and national community.

These IT learning goals are totally aligned with AZM school values that emphasizes on leadership and positive change in the local community.

Fine Arts

 At AZM School we highly value Art lessons, because we deeply acknowledge their great significance .We promote an effective education related to Arts, so that the students could be aware of its deep implication. We provide our leading citizens with the artistic skills needed to be used in art activities from A to Z, starting from KG1 to grade 8. Preschoolers have the means to capture various basic artistic skills including cutting, punching and pasting to list only few, allowing them to enhance and develop their artistic work. Learners who have the passion for Arts lead their way until they have mastered their artistic skills. The Art room at AZM School is almost perfect; it provides our young artists with all the materials available to artistically widen their horizons and keep them updated and in touch with all events like Independence Day and Mother's Day through distinguished art activities and projects.

Physical Education

Physical education leads to the total wellbeing of each student. This is achieved through a complete program and comprehensive approach to developing our students physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and socially.

Our quality Physical Education program recognizes the value of teaching students to stay physically active, disciplined and develop skills needed for present and future leisure. Physical education program aims to assist students in creating and identifying their strengths, to build on these strengths, and to achieve personal goals.

Music Education

Music education provides a unique opportunity for music literacy preparation. Whether the children are singing, playing or listening to music, teachers direct them to listen and hear in new ways that exercise their aural discrimination. Playing instruments and adding movement to the lessons teaches children about sequential learning that is essential in reading comprehension and Math.

Drama Education

Dramatic arts education helps to develop children’s imagination by making them think ‘outside the square’. Children can be placed in situations they haven’t found themselves in before and have to find unique solutions to solve the problems. And helps them to understand how different people can feel and think in a given situation, which is a key life skill to develop in children. 

One of the amazing benefits in drama class is how it helps your confidence grow. Then there's the fact that drama is a great deal of fun, and we all know how good laughter is for us. Sometimes we need to let our creative side loose. Frequently our everyday lives do not provide any opportunities to use our imagination, and drama is a fantastic way of unleashing your creativity. 

The mission of Drama’s Education Department is to awaken the minds, imaginations, and creative power of children, teenagers, and young adults by providing opportunities for them to experience the joy of live theatre as performing, dancing, directing, choreography, playwriting, storytelling, music theatre, children's theatre, theatre history, criticism, costume and light design. And to produce theatre artists who will become the innovators and leaders of an ever-expanding performing arts profession.

We're confirmed in our belief that drama is a significant element of a holistic educational experience, laying strong foundations for a successful and happy life. Students learn to collaborate, they build confidence, they're supported in the development of social fundamentals like listening and communicating, empathy and compassion. This is an environment which builds resilience, provides a clear understanding of the value of failing in the journey towards success; it teaches accountability and responsibility and hones critical and creative thinking.

We believe that there are no right and wrong answers when it comes to being creative. We can't all be professional actors but there is often a very high standard in amateur theatre.