Group 2: Second Languages (B language)

English, French, Spanish, German

English B

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.).


Pre-IB students are taught English to a level sufficient for them to use English in everyday situations, and to ensure their English is of a level which will help (and not hinder) them in their future IB studies.

Higher Level (no SL for English B)
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, Spanish B, German B HL/SL

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. Those learning a language B at higher level should be able to follow university courses in other disciplines in the language B that is studied.

The aims of the language B higher level 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 through 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.

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