IB Group 2 – Language B

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IB Group 2 – Language B 2019-04-02T08:02:57+07:00

Language B

COURSE DESCRIPTION AND AIMS

The IB DP Language B course provides students with the opportunity to acquire or develop an additional language and to promote an understanding of other cultures through the study of language. Language B is designed for students who possess a degree of knowledge and experience in the target language. High performing standard level students should be able to follow university courses in other disciplines in the language B that is studied.

The aims of the language B course are to:

  • Develop students’ intercultural understanding.
  • Enable students to understand and use the language they have studied in a range of contexts and for a variety of purposes
  • Encourage, through the study of texts and social interaction, an awareness and appreciation of the different perspectives of people from other cultures
  • Develop students’ awareness of the role of language in relation to other areas of knowledge.
  • Develop students’ awareness of the relationship between the languages and cultures with which they are familiar
  • Provide students with a basis for further study, work and leisure through the use of an additional language.
  • Provide the opportunity for enjoyment, creativity and intellectual stimulation through knowledge of an additional language.

DISTINCTION BETWEEN STANDARD LEVEL AND HIGHER LEVEL

At both levels of Language B (SL and HL), students learn to communicate in the target language in familiar and unfamiliar contexts. They describe situations, narrate events, make comparisons, explain problems, and state and support their personal opinions on a variety of topics relating to course content. The study of two literary works originally written in the target language is required only at Language B HL. The distinction between Language B SL and HL can also be seen in the level of competency the student is expected to develop in the receptive, productive and interactive skills

CURRICULUM MODEL OVERVIEW

The curriculum is based around five prescribed themes that provide relevant contexts and opportunities for students to communicate about matters of personal, local or national, and global interest. The themes are:

  • Identities
  • Experiences
  • Human ingenuity
  • Social organization
  • Sharing the planet

ASSESSMENT

The externally assessed material requires students to show their productive skills through a written task as well listening and reading comprehension tasks that are all based on the five themes above. The Internal Assessment is assessed through an oral recording where students will need to engage in a conversation with the teacher. SL students will discuss an unseen visual stimulus but HL students will need to discuss an extract from one of the literary works they have studied in class.

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