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IB Group 2 – Language ab initio

IB Group 2 – Language ab initio

Language AB Initio


 In the Language ab initio course, students develop the ability to communicate in the target language through the study of language, themes and texts. In doing so, they also develop conceptual understandings of how language works. Communication is evidenced through receptive, productive and interactive skills across a range of contexts and purposes that are appropriate to the level of the course.

Language ab initio is a language acquisition course designed for students with no prior experience of the target language, or for those students with very limited previous exposure. It should be noted that Language ab initio is offered at SL only.

The aim of the course if for students to:

    • Develop international-mindedness through the study of languages, cultures, and ideas and issues of global significance.
    • Enable students to communicate in the language they have studied in a range of contexts and for a variety of purposes.
    • Encourage, through the study of texts and through social interaction, an awareness and appreciation of a variety of perspectives of people from diverse cultures
    •  Develop students’ understanding of the relationship between the languages and cultures with which they are familiar.
    • Develop students’ awareness of the importance of language in relation to other areas of knowledge.
    • Provide students, through language learning and the process of inquiry, with opportunities for intellectual engagement and the development of critical- and creative-thinking skills.
    • Provide students with a basis for further study, work and leisure through the use of an additional language. • Foster curiosity, creativity and a lifelong enjoyment of language learning.


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 using a wide range of media.

The themes are:

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


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.

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