Group Six IB Chinese Ab Initio Level 2 at Dartford Grammar School
PLEASE LOOK AT THE PROVIDER DETAILS BEFORE APPLYING. YOU MUST CHOOSE ONE SUBJECT FROM EACH OF THE SIX GROUPS, THREE AT HIGHER LEVEL (HL) AND THREE AT STANDARD LEVEL (SL)
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 needs. They should expect to attain a level between GCSE and A level, providing them with a sound foundation for further study of the language.
• a reading/text-handling paper
• a writing paper
• two speaking activities (individual oral, group discussion).
Listening skills are assessed in the context of the group discussion (ie: there is no specific listening exam). Writing is assessed in a final written exam (ie: there is no written coursework).
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 by the end of their first term 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.
What skills will you gain?
• the ability to read, speak and write a foreign language to a high level of competence
• improved literacy generally
• increased verbal and written communication skills; a high level of adaptability and mental agility; independence and maturity gained during trips and extended stays abroad
• a greater understanding of other countries / cultures
Why do this subject?
• The ability to speak a foreign language has never been more important.
• Choosing to learn a language in Key Stage 5 is one of the most important investment decisions you can make for your future
o as the world of employment becomes ever more international
o as universities use language qualifications to distinguish the able from the very able
o as global travel opportunities allow more and more of us to live, holiday and work abroad.
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.
To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Dartford Grammar School directly.