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Group Two IB Japanese Ab Initio Level 2 at Dartford Grammar School

Course description

Course Outline:

The ab initio course is designed to enable students to start learning a new language from scratch. The aim of the course is to prepare them to use the language in a range of everyday situations and contexts. They will also learn about the culture of the country where the language is spoken.

By the end of the course, students will be able to communicate effectively (in both a spoken and written context) allowing them to deal with familiar and practical situations. They should expect to attain a level well beyond GCSE, providing them with a sound foundation for further study of the language.

Entry requirements

Students will normally be expected to achieve at least 3 A grades and 4 B grades at GCSE. They will be required to have A grades in the subjects they are going to study at Higher Level (A* grade in Mathematics). In the case of a subject not studied at GCSE, a grade A will be required in a related subject.


Assessment comprises:

  • a reading/text-handling paper
  • a writing paper
  • a written assignment
  • an individual speaking activity 


Listening skills are assessed in the context of interactive and receptive skills within the individual speaking activity (there is no specific listening exam).  Writing is assessed in a final written exam and the written assignment.

ab initio students will need the skills and motivation to acquire a very high level of proficiency in a relatively short time – students should expect to be at a level equivalent to GCSE early in their first year of study. A successful student will need a genuine interest in learning languages, a very high level of self-motivation, and the organisational skills and determination to learn a large amount of new information quickly but thoroughly.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Dartford Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 30 October 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years