Group 2: Second Languages ( The ‘B’ language). These are detailed below:
English, French, Spanish, German.
According to the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Language B Guide, the English B course aims at ‘providing students with the necessary skills and intercultural understanding to enable them to communicate successfully in an environment where the language studied is spoken’. Therefore, in compliance with the IBDP objectives, the course concentrates on the balanced and thorough development of language skills as well as offering the students the possibility of increasing their understanding of the world around them and thus promotes respect for cultural diversity.
As a consequence of this approach, the course is based on a thoughtful selection of textbooks to be covered selectively and supplemented with a considerable variety of materials such as literary works of merit by writers of the English language (e.g. short stories, novellas, chosen fragments of longer literary texts, novels and theatre plays, song lyrics and poems, etc.) conjoined with a varied selection of non-literary texts originally written in English (e.g. newspaper articles, TV/magazine advertisements, scripts of news services, TV shows and documentaries, etc.).
In their final examinations, the students will be assessed on their ability to ‘communicate clearly and effectively in a range of situations, demonstrating linguistic competence and intercultural understanding; use language appropriate to a range of interpersonal and/or cultural contexts; understand and use language to express and respond to a range of ideas with accuracy and fluency; organize ideas on a range of topics, in a clear, coherent and convincing manner; understand, analyse and respond to a range of written and spoken texts; understand and use works of literature written in the target language of study.’ Consequently, for the duration of the course, a concerted effort will be put into enabling the students to attain these objectives by placing the emphasis on the introduction, practice, and subsequent production of advanced grammatical structures as well as on revision and consolidation of the students’ previous knowledge of the English language.
Topic areas to be covered throughout the course:
Core: communication and media, social relationships, global issues
Options: leisure, science and technology, health, cultural diversity, customs and traditions (2 topics will be chosen by the teacher)
Written tasks to be practiced throughout the course:
mini-essay, formal reports, proposal, interview, magazine article, feature article, brochure/leaflet/flyer/pamphlet, diary/blog entry, set of instructions/guidelines, written correspondence, description (of people, events, places), creative writing tasks (e.g. narratives, etc)
French B is TBD
Spanish B is TBD
German B is TBD