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    Muscat International School

    CCUURRRRIICCUULLUUMM HHAANNDDBBOOOOKK

    22001155 -- 22001166

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    April 2015

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    INDEX

    Introduction

    IGCSE/GCSE Subjects offered at M.I.S Options: Advice to Students IGCSE/GCSE in Arabic Language IGCSE Second Language Arabic IGCSE in Art & Design

    IGCSE in Biology IGCSE in Business Studies IGCSE in Chemistry IGCSE in Drama IGCSE in English as a 1st Language & English as a 2nd Language IGCSE in English Literature

    IGCSE in French IGCSE in Geography IGCSE in History IGCSE in Applied Information Technology IGCSE in Mathematics IGCSE in Physics

    IGCSE in PE

    Options Information - Grade 9 : 2015 - 2016

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    INTRODUCTION Entry to Grade 9 marks the beginning of IGCSE courses, which last two years and, thereafter, Advanced Subsidiary (AS) and Advanced (A2) Level GCE courses. Unlike in Grades 7 and 8 when all students follow the same subjects, the Secondary School curriculum allows students to select the subjects that they wish to pursue. In Grades 9 and 10 English, Mathematics, and PE remain compulsory for all students. Omani students must choose Arabic as one of their subjects in the option choices. All students will follow either Islamic or PSHE. As you consider your choices for courses to be studied Grade 9 or in Grade 10, keep an open mind and keep your options open as far as possible. Seek up-to-date advice and information. AT IGCSE LEVEL THE FOLLOWING SUBJECTS ARE CURRENTLY AVAILABLE:

    Arabic 1st , 2nd Language and Classical Arabic

    Art & Design

    Biology

    Business Studies

    Chemistry

    Information Technology

    Drama

    English as a 1st Language and English as a 2nd Language

    French

    Geography

    History

    Mathematics

    Music

    Physics

    PE The IGCSE examination is available to students who wish to acquire an International School qualification based on the British National Curriculum in order to pursue further education in the Arab world, North America, Europe and other countries around the globe. You will sit your IGCSE/GCSE examinations at the end of Grade 10 and receive certificates issued by the two examining boards Cambridge and Edexcel. These qualifications are currently used by schools in over 110 different countries and are recognized by educational establishments and employers all over the World. In Grades 9 and 10 you will be following a curriculum that is divided into a set of core subjects and a set of option subjects. All students will follow IGCSE courses in Mathematics, English and at least one science. Omani nationals are also required to take Arabic. All students follow non-examined courses in PE and either Islamic or PSHE. The other subjects should be chosen from the lists. Your choices should be based on a careful consideration of a number of factors. These include your ability in a subject, your teachers opinion as to your ability, your ideas about a future career, your parents wishes and your own enjoyment of the subjects. Read the Curriculum Handbook very carefully, with your parents before you make your choices. Discuss the subjects with the appropriate teachers. Make sure that the combination of subjects you choose is a reasonable one, taking into account the factors listed above. Do not choose courses simply because your friends are choosing them.

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    OPTIONS ADVICE TO STUDENTS

    1. Think carefully, first of all, about the range of subjects and courses on offer. 2. Read this handbook to find out as much information as you can about the courses. 3. Whilst reading, make a list of any questions which you would like answered. 4. Ask your teachers about the IGCSE courses - find out if they think that you could

    cope with the requirements of each course. 5. Find out the examination requirements of the subjects. 6. Speak with the Grade 9 and 10 students and ask them how they have found the

    courses, particularly in subjects such as Business Studies. 7. Consider, first and foremost, the subjects at which you feel that you are good and

    those that you enjoy. If you do not choose subjects that you enjoy, then the next two years will make you unhappy. If you enjoy a subject and achieve good results in it, in class work and homework, then you will stand more chance of achieving success in it rather than opting for a subject just because someone tells you that it is a good subject to take.

    8. All subjects are of equal importance. Do not think that the three Sciences are more

    important than subjects such as Art and Drama. This misguided thinking is often the basis of many bad option choices. Medicine and Engineering are not the only careers open to you.

    9. It is you who will be following the IGCSE courses between September 2015 and

    May 2017. Listen to advice, by all means, but it must be your decision, and not that of any one else, as to which subjects you decide to take. That said, it is not at all advisable to take a subject for which a teacher says that you are not suited. In cases such as this, the teacher really does know best!

    10. Once you have thought through your Option choices, you must commit to them and

    not change your mind, unless there are exceptional circumstances. Once the Option choices information is in, the school time-table for September will be constructed around your requirements.

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    ARABIC LANGUAGE

    INTRODUCTION Having the ability to speak, read and write a language means that one can communicate with the people who use it. Knowledge of a language other than ones own provides access to the wider world and an entry into various domains of life. Nowadays the Arabic language has a dominant position among world languages. Knowledge of Arabic will have great value for students who intend to enter the highly competitive world of the future. It is a passport to achieving success and development in the Arabic world and beyond. In Grades 9 and 10, students may take IGCSE Arabic as a First or Second Language or Classical Arabic within the Options structure, however, Omani students must take Arabic as a First Language. In Grades 11 and 12, students may choose to take AS Arabic, but Omani students must take First Language. Other students may choose between First and Second Language. TEACHING AND LEARNING ARRANGEMENTS Students continue to develop their language skills through Reading, Listening Comprehension and Writing in preparation for the GCSE/IGCSE examination at the end of Grade 10. GCSE/IGCSE COURSE CONTENT All candidates will be expected to demonstrate skills in the following areas: LISTENING Candidates will be expected to demonstrate an understanding of e.g. simple announcements, instructions, requests, monologues, interviews and dialogues. The student will be required to demonstrate comprehension only and no undue burden will be put on memory. READING Candidates will be expected to demonstrate an understanding of e.g. menus, time-tables, advertisements and an ability to extract relevant and specific information from texts such as simple brochures, guides, letters and forms of imaginative writing considered to be within the experience of and reflecting the interests of sixteen years olds of average ability. Candidates will be asked to demonstrate only comprehension, not to produce summaries. WRITING Candidates will be expected to carry out tasks which include short messages e.g. postcards, lists, notes, in response to instructions in English or easily comprehensible Arabic. ASSESSMENT, SCHOOL EXAMINATIONS AND PUBLIC EXAMINATIONS Internal and External Exams. At the end of the Grade 10 year, students will sit the GCSE/IGCSE Arabic as a First Language or Second Language.

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    First paper Reading the giving texts articles and different stories understanding them and to be able to summarise them and to answer questions asked as well as to summarise a certain topic in a comprehendible manner. Second paper Students are required to write in the different aspects of Arabic articles, short stories poetry etc, in addition to being able to write about different every day issues and to be able to express these issues in a well-executed manner in the boundaries of 250 words. . Classical Arabic. The exam consists of one paper only. The students are expected to be able to translate given texts into Arabic and English (vice versa) and to be able to use vocalisation on paragraphs given. GCSE second language The exam consists of 3 papers o