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French ab initio International Baccalaureate group 2 subject at Dane Court Grammar School

Course description

The overall objective of the ab initio course at Dane Court is for students to achieve communicative competence in a variety of everyday situations. To promote this, the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing will be regularly practised so that students develop their ability to both understand and use the written and spoken word.  Learning a foreign language provides the opportunity for enjoyment, creativity and intellectual stimulation. We will encourage an awareness and appreciation of the different perspectives of people from other cultures. 
The aim of the ab initio course is to promote the idea that learning a language is more than a school subject and to encourage students to continue to use their language skills independently after the course. 
This is an intensive language learning course which will enable committed students to achieve a very high standard by the end of the two years. During the course, visiting the target language country to practise language skills acquired is therefore highly recommended. 

Course content

The course focuses on everyday situations and aspects of the culture related to them. This ensures that the appropriate emphasis is placed on communication. The course is organized into topic areas which provide the teacher and the student with a context in which communicative functions and grammatical structures and vocabulary can be practised.  Topics studied include the following: 
Individual and society:
  • Daily routines
  • Education
  • Food and drink
  • Physical health
  • Relationships
  • Shopping 
Leisure and work:
  • Employment
  • Entertainment
  • Holidays
  • Media
  • Transport
  • Technology
  • Sport 
Urban and rural environment 
  • Global issues
  • Environmental concerns
  • Neighbourhood
  • Physical geography
  • Town and services
  • Weather 


Entry requirements

General entry requirements:

International Baccalaureate Diploma:  6 B and 2 C grades at GCSE

International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme:  3 B and 2 C grades at GCSE


External assessment:
  • Paper 1: Text handling  (30%)
  • Paper 2: Written production  (25%)
  • Written assignment  (20%)
Internal assessment:
  • Oral exam  (25%) 

Further information

This course is offered as part of the International Baccalaureate Diploma programme, or as part of the International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme.


The International Baccalaureate Diploma

The IB Diploma is made up of six subject groups together with a core comprising of three parts. 

Students study six subjects selected from the subject groups.  Three of these subjects are studied at higher level and the remaining three subjects are studied at standard level.  Students must choose one subject from each of groups 1 to 5.  However, instead of a group 6 subject, a candidate may select an additional subject from groups 2 to 4.

The three core requirements are the extended essay, theory of knowledge, and creativity, action, service.


The International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme

The IB Career-Related Programme aims to provide a curriculum for students that will equip them for further education and also the world of work.  It combines the academic rigour and principles of the IB with well-established vocational qualifications and a unique ‘core’ course.

The IB Career-Related Programme is made up of:

A vocational course worth 2 A levels

Two IB subjects at standard level

A ‘core’ comprising:

·         Approaches to Learning

·         Reflective Project

·         Community in service

·         Basic language skills

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 07 October 2016
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