Communication, Rhetoric and the Literary Arts (CRLA)

It is the aim of the Department of Communication, Rhetoric, and the Literary Arts (CRLA) to develop students' ability to use and appreciate the Arabic and English languages, both orally and in written discourse, to cultivate their facility for verbal analysis and persuasive writing, and to introduce them to the major forms of literary expression. During their years at King's Academy, students progress systematically towards these goals. In addition to regular writing tasks, they participate in discussions and presentations to learn how to express themselves confidently before an audience and prepare them for a life of cultural interactions, academic pursuits, political and social engagement. Students extend their knowledge of the grammatical and literary complexities of language as well as its development, structure and beauty. Students study both Arabic and English in separate, year-long courses for four years, respectively.

Because King’s Academy attracts and welcomes students from around the world for whom English is a second or third language, the CRLA department seeks to ensure all students entering the school have the opportunity to receive additional support as needed. The regular English program is supplemented with an additional series of English courses in the English Language and Composition program, which students may be required to take before embarking on the study of a third language. Similarly, students with limited exposure to the Arabic language who need to develop a firmer grounding in the fundamentals of Arabic are required to enroll in an intermediate program offered at three levels before joining the regular Arabic language and literature program.

2024-2025 Course Descriptions