Langauge B - Chinese, French, Japanese, Spanish (HL and SL)
WHAT ARE THE AIMS OF THE COURSE?
The aims of the IB course are to develop the ability to communicate accurately and effectively in both speech and writing in a variety of contexts. The course provides students with insights into the culture of the countries where the language is spoken, and encourages students to see language learning as an integral part of the modern world, either in a social or recreational context or as an essential tool for the word of work.
WHO IS THE COURSE SUITABLE FOR?
The Higher Level course is suitable for those students who have been very successful at GCSE level (or the equivalent) and who are happy to pursue their foreign language education to a much more sophisticated level. Higher level is both challenging and rewarding for those students who attain a B grade or above at GCSE, and who may wish to pursue their language studies at University.
The Standard Level course follows the same course outline as the Higher Level, but with reduced content. Students need to have completed a GCSE level course (or equivalent) in their chosen language to a Grade C or above and should feel happy to continue improving their foreign language skills beyond the everyday approach of the GCSE. The Standard Level group will be taught separately from the Higher Level. At both Standard and Higher level there is focus on the use of language and language manipulation skills. Students who have found their GCSE language very challenging, or who wish to broaden their languages having achieved highly at GCSE should consider Ab Initio as the IB option.
WHAT TOPICS WILL BE STUDIED?
There is no set list of books or texts for the course; the themes are explored by exposing students to the widest possible variety of foreign language materials. These will include newspaper articles, films, radio bulletins and, at Higher Level, some literary sources. Students will engage frequently in oral and listening activities throughout the course with particular emphasis on the discussion of issues arising from the three themes. Written work will be of a varied nature and will, for example, include letters, imagined conversations, reports, discursive essays and possibly some creative writing.
HOW WILL STUDENTS BE ASSESSED?
There are two written papers, one containing questions on a variety of texts, the other requiring candidates to write an essay style question on one of a choice of themes.
The oral component of the course consists of a number of assessed oral activities, including the preparation of an individual topic for discussion.