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IB French/Spanish (Higher Level & Standard Level) at Broadgreen International School

Course description

Brief outline of the course structure:

There are six main objectives for language B course. Students will be assessed on their ability to:

• Communicate clearly and effectively in a range of situations, demonstrating linguistic competence and intercultural understanding

• Use language appropriate to a range of interpersonal and/or cultural contexts

• Understand and use language to express and respond to a range of ideas with accuracy and fluency •

  • Organize ideas on a range of topics, in a clear, coherent and convincing manner

• Understand, analyse and respond to a range of written and spoken texts

• Understand and use works of literature written in the target language of study (HL only).

The language B syllabus approaches the learning of language through meaning. Through the study of the core and the options at SL and HL, plus two literary works at HL, students build the necessary skills to reach the assessment objectives of the language B course through the expansion of their receptive, productive and interactive skills.

SL and HL are differentiated by the recommended number of teaching hours, the depth of syllabus coverage, the study of literature at HL, and the level of difficulty and demands of assessment and assessment criteria. 

The core—with topics common to both levels—is divided into three areas and is a required area of study.

• Communication and media

• Global issues

• Social relationships In addition, at both SL and HL, teachers select two from the following five options.

• Cultural diversity

• Customs and traditions

• Health

• Leisure

• Science and technology Students are encouraged to have input into the choice of topics – some of which they will prepare as part of their internal oral assessment. Higher level students are also expected to study TWO works of literature in their chosen language.

Entry requirements

Normally we expect you to have achieved Grades A*– C in at least 6 GCSE subjects. Of these, English and Maths must be at Grade C or above. As well as an academic requirement, we expect you to demonstrate an interest in world events and a commitment to making a difference in your community. World citizenship is at the heart of the IB philosophy and we will be discussing your interests, experiences and aspirations at your interview.

The language course is designed for students with prior experience of the language they wish to study and who have already reached a competent level in the four skill areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing. The language B course seeks to develop international understanding and foster a concern for global issues, as well as to raise students’ awareness of their own responsibility at a local level. It also seeks to develop students’ intercultural awareness.

Future opportunities

Higher Education (University)

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Broadgreen International School directly.

Last updated date: 02 September 2016

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