Sherif Elgendy

Head of Arabic

I graduated from Cairo University in Egypt with an honors degree in Education and Arabic in 2004. The following year I secured a diploma in Special Needs Education from Beni-Suef University. My teaching career then began as a Year 6 Maths teacher in Egypt.

In 2006 I relocated to the UAE and I joined GEMS Winchester School as an Arabic teacher, after the first year I was appointed Head of Arabic and Islamic education. After almost 4 years at GEMS Winchester School, I decided to embark on a new adventure in my career so in 2010 I have moved to Greenfield International School, Dubai where I spent almost 8 years. During those years, I was a coordinator for Arabic an additional language and IBPYP workshop leader. Finally, in 2017, I joined GEMS Wellington Primary School, as a Head of Arabic and I and so here I am, happy and proud to be part of WPS family.

Since working as an Arabic teacher and leader for GEMS Education I have further developed my skills as I am a registered professional trainer for the TELLAL Institute, supporting Arabic teachers and leaders across the GEMS network in the Middle East. I am member of the GEMS committee for continually improving the assessment of Arabic as a first and second language, using the Ministry of Education (MOE) framework.

My philosophy on teaching is that it should be student-centered and accessible for all learners, regardless of their previous experiences in speaking Arabic. My teaching has a strong focus on tailoring lessons that cater to individual learning styles, as well as having good interpersonal communication skills and a deep commitment to understanding students’ different challenges when learning a language. I believe that all children are unique and have something special that they can bring to their own education.

As a leader of the WPS Arabic team, I believe that my role is to empower our teachers to allow students to express themselves and achieve their best personal results. To successfully lead the team I find inspiration in a variety of people and things but I am most greatly inspired by my students, when they always have a smile on their face every morning as they enter the school and when they work hard to achieve their daily targets.

Over the last 11 years, I have been involved in preparing for KHDA inspections which has given me first-hand experience to lead the Arabic department at WPS. As such, we have achieved good results in the KHDA reviews with both Arabic as an additional language and Arabic as a first language.

Arabic is one of the world’s great languages. It is spoken by more than 400 million people across the world. ‘It has been the vehicle of many significant contributions to the development of science and culture, from the earliest odes of the pre-Islamic poets through to the cutting-edge research of the philosophers and mathematicians of Islam’s golden age, to the novels of Nobel laureate Naguib Mahfouz’, (Tony Calderbank). Studying Arabic will help children to learn faster and with greater ease, it supports their ability to problem solve and to be creative. The ability to speak Arabic will enable them to have more career opportunities in adulthood. Learning Arabic will help children connect with Arabic cultures which makes children more open-minded, tolerant and understand diversity.

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