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

IB Language B

Prerequisites

Language to Year 10 level.

Course Description and Aims

The aims of the Language B Second Language:

  • develop students’ international-mindedness
  • enable students to communicate 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 a variety of perspectives of people from diverse cultures.
  • develop students’ understanding of the relationship between the languages and cultures with which they are familiar
  • develop students’ awareness of the role of language in relation to other areas of knowledge
  • provide students, through language learning and the process of inquiry, with opportunities for intellectual engagement and the development of critical- and creative-thinking skills.
  • provide students with a basis for further study, work and leisure through the use of an additional language.
  • foster curiosity, creativity and a lifelong enjoyment of language learning.

Curriculum Model Overview

Identities

Explore the nature of the self and what it is to be human.

  • Lifestyles
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Beliefs and values
  • Subcultures
  • Language and identity

Experiences

Explore and tell the stories of the events, experiences and journeys that shape our lives.

  • Leisure activities
  • Holidays and travel
  • Life stories
  • Rites of passage
  • Customs and traditions
  • Migration

Human ingenuity

Explore the ways in which human creativity and innovation affect our world.

  • Entertainment
  • Artistic expressions
  • Communication and media
  • Technology
  • Scientific innovation

Social organisation

Explore the ways in which groups of people organize themselves, or are organized, through common systems or interests.

  • Social relationships
  • Community
  • Social engagement
  • Education
  • The working world
  • Law and order

Sharing the planet

Explore the challenges and opportunities faced by individuals and communities in the modern world.

  • The environment
  • Human rights
  • Peace and conflict
  • Equality
  • Globalization
  • Ethics
  • Urban and rural environment

 

TEXT TYPES

Personal texts

 

Professional texts

 

Mass media texts

 

Blog

Diary

Email

Personal letter

Social media posting/chat room

 

Blog

Email

Essay

Formal letter

Proposal

Questionnaire

Report

Set of instructions

Survey

 

Advertisement

Article (newspaper, magazine)

Blog

Brochure

Film

Interview

Leaflet

Literature*

News report

Opinion column/editorial

Pamphlet

Podcast

Poster

Public commentary (editorial/

readers’ letters)

Radio programme

Review

Speech

Travel guide

Web page

 

 

Literature HIGHER LEVER Only

The study of two literary works originally written in the target language is a requirement at HL in language B. HL students are expected to understand fundamental elements of the literary works studied, such as themes, plot and characters. It must be emphasized that literary criticism is not an objective of the language B course; in language B HL, literature is intended as a stimulus for ideas to be explored, principally through oral assessment. The term “literary works” refers to works of prose fiction, prose non-fiction, poetry and drama.

Assessment at a Glance — Standard Level

Type of Assessment

Format of Assessment

Time
(hours)

Weighting
Final Grade (%)

External

 

3

75

Paper 1 

Productive skills – one writing task of 250-400 words

1 h 15 min

25

Paper 2

Receptive Skills – separate sections for listening comprehension (45 min) and reading comprehension (1 h)

1 h 45 min

50

Internal

 

 

25

Oral Work

Individual oral assessment; conversation with teacher based on a visual stimulus

 

25

 

Assessment at a Glance — Higher Level

Type of Assessment

Format of Assessment

Time
(hours)

Weighting
Final Grade (%)

External

 

3 h 30 min

75

Paper 1 

Productive skills – one writing task of 450-600 words

1 h 30 min

25

Paper 2

Receptive Skills – separate sections for listening comprehension (1 h) and reading comprehension (1 h)

2 h

50

Internal

 

 

25

Oral Work

Individual oral assessment – conversation with teacher based on a visual stimulus

 

25