French IB B Standard Level at Parkside Sixth
With a choice of three different levels: (ab initio,
Standard or Higher Leve) and six different
languages: (French, German, Spanish, Italian,
Russian and Latin), there really is something to
encourage the language learner in all of us in the
IB programme. You can opt to study one or two
languages in any combination of levels.
Language B courses give you the opportunity
to progress to a level recognised as B2 on the
Common European Framework Reference and
you will be competent to converse at a high level
for a range of purposes and audiences. You will
become a truly excellent linguist, able to compete
with students from the rest of Europe and able to
consider either a languages degree (from HL) or a
combined degree (from SL).
At HL you will also study two works of literature.
For example: La Casa de Bernarda Alba, Como Agua
para chocolate, Der Vorleser, Oscar et la Dame Rose.
The ab initio courses allow fervent linguists
to broaden their repertoire of languages, either
pursuing an additional ‘romance’ language
(Italian) or taking on the new challenge of learning
(Russian), with its Cyrillic alphabet and complex
grammar. The ab initio courses allows students
a fresh start at embracing language-learning. In
particular, the Italian course can build on French
or Spanish vocabulary knowledge whilst offering a
new perspective on grammar and culture.
French, German and Spanish Language B (SL or
Building on your GCSE, you will learn how to use
the language in a variety of different registers,
developing the key skills of reading, writing,
speaking and listening. You will study the following
• Human Ingenuity
• Social Organisation
• Sharing the Planet
Higher students will also study two pieces of
literature and more sophisticated grammar points.
The final mark is made up of external exams
taken at the end of the course and internal oral
assessments during Year 13.
Paper 1: Productive Skills 25% (Writing)
Paper 2: Receptive Skills 50% (Listening and
Oral exam: Interactive Skills 25% (Oral
presentation, discussion and conversation based
on a photograph (SL) and literary extract (HL),
broadening out to link to other topics).
The final mark is made up of external exams taken at the end of the course and internal oral assessments during the Upper Sixth. There is also a written assignment. The length and challenge of exams varies according to level chosen.
Standard and higher level students:
Paper 1 - written responses to texts
Paper 2 - creative and argumentative writing tasks
Written assignment - guided writing (AI), creative writing (SL), response to literature (HL)
Oral commentary ( Interactive skills) - oral presentation and conversation (SL/HL only)
Interactive oral (Interactive skills) - three tasks including one listening task (SL/HL only)
Individual interview (Interactive skills) - oral presentation and interview (AI only)
How will I study?
You will have access to reference, linguistic and literary texts in the library, along with periodicals in the languages studied. You will have access to web-based language resources and foreign language films. You will have weekly seminars and time with a foreign language assistant.
What extra-curricular activities will there be?
Access to native speakers is essential to learn a language effectively, so we will be setting up links and exchanges with overseas schools. There will also be opportunities for linguistic and cultural events through our partners the Alliance Franaise, La Dante and the Arts Picturehouse .
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.