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Spanish IB Standard Ab Initio at Anglo European School

Course description

Listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.

The Ab Initio course also places great emphasis on the grammar, vocabulary and cultural aspects of language learning.

Course content

This course runs for four hours per cycle.   It will focus on strengthening students’ listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in Spanish. Another important aspect of the course is the development of students’ cultural awareness of Spain and Spanish-speaking countries. The main focus is on the acquisition of language required for situations in everyday life.

The topic areas covered are the Individual and Society, Leisure and Work and Urban and Rural Environment.

The course is demanding in terms of rapid acquisition of new vocabulary and requires a great level of commitment. Students also need to be highly participative in lessons in order to get the most from their language learning.

Lessons with the Spanish assistant will also be provided for Ab Initio students, to which attendance is compulsory to ensure effective preparation for the oral assessment.

Entry requirements

The course is aimed at students with little or no previous experience of learning Spanish.



Oral Assessment (25%):

Individual oral exam (10 minutes)


Paper 1 Text Handling (30%)

Comprehension of four written texts


Paper 2 Written Production (25%) 

Two compulsory writing tasks.


Written Assignment (20%)

Completed in class and supervised by the teacher

Future opportunities


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Anglo European School directly.

Last updated date: 19 May 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years