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Group 2 - Language Acquisition (Language B and Language ab initio)

IB Language ab initio


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Course Description and Aims

The aims of the Language B ab initio course are to:

  • develop the student's intercultural understanding;
  • enable students to understand and use the language they have studied in a range of contexts and for a variety of purposes;
  • encourage, through the study of texts and through social interaction, an awareness and appreciation of the different perspectives of people from other cultures;
  • develop student awareness of the role of language in relation to other areas of knowledge;
  • develop student awareness of the relationship between the languages and cultures with which they are familiar;
  • provide students with a basis for further study, work and leisure through the use of an additional language;
  • provide the opportunity for enjoyment, creativity and intellectual stimulation through knowledge of an additional language.

Curriculum Model Overview

Three areas of study – language, themes and texts – provide the basis of the language ab initio course. These three fundamental areas, as well as intercultural understanding, are all interrelated and should be studied concurrently.

Areas of Study



  • Receptive skills: the ability to comprehend straightforward written and spoken language.
  • Productive skills: the ability to write and speak the target language effectively.
  • Interactive skills: the ability to understand and respond effectively to written and spoken language.



Identities: personal attributes; personal relationships; eating and drinking; physical wellbeing.

  • Experiences: daily routine; leisure; holidays; festivals and celebrations.
  • Human ingenuity: transport; entertainment; media; technology.
  • Social organisation: neighbourhood; education; the workplace; social issues.
  • Sharing the planet: climate; physical geography; the environment; global issues.


During the course, students are taught to understand and produce a wide range of oral, written visual, audio and audio-visual texts. Use of authentic texts is encouraged. Examples of texts to be studied include personal texts, professional texts and mass media texts.



Assessment at a Glance — Standard Level

Type of Assessment Format of Assessment Time
Final Grade (%)
External     75
Paper 1 
Productive Skills - writing

Two compulsory written texts, based on the five themes.

Task A: Students write a response of 75 – 150 words to one of three options shown, choosing a text type from the box provided for Task A.

Task B: Students write a response of 75 – 150 words to one of three options shown, choosing a text type from the box provided for Task B.

1 25
Paper 2
Receptive Skills – listening and reading

1. Listening comprehension (45 minutes) (25 marks)

    Comprehension of three audio passages.

2. Reading comprehension (1 hour) (40 marks)

    Understanding of three written texts.

    Text handling exercises.

1.45 50
Internal     25
Interactive Oral

1. Preparation time (15 minutes)

2. Presentation of a visual stimulus (from a choice of two) by the student.

3. A conversation with the teacher, based on a visual stimulus and at least one additional course theme.

10 min 25