French ab initio

Part of the IB Diploma Programme subject group 2, Language Acquisition, French ab initio is recommended for students who have little or no experience of learning French. Our online course is designed to be challenging, engaging and a positive educational experience for each student.

What is different in taking French ab initio online?

Students will have the opportunity to:

  • study alongside students from around the world
  • gain experience of using the latest online learning tools
  • regularly communicate with teachers and fellow students
  • take part in interactive and engaging lessons that allow them to learn, review and practice easily
  • practice essential 21st century skills such as digital literacy, collaboration and self-organisation
Some things won’t be different though. Standards and expectations will be just as high as in a face to face classroom.

Themes covered through the course

The French ab initio course aims to develop the receptive, productive and interactive skills to a high level of communicative competence. Our course provides a solid grammar and vocabulary framework and is organized into three themes (individual and society; leisure and work; urban and rural environment) made up of a series of 20 topics.

Through the study of these themes, the students are able to practice grammatical structures and vocabulary and explore the language whilst developing an intercultural understanding. By developing the range of receptive, productive and interactive skills, the students become able to communicate and interact in a range of everyday situations. These skills equip the student with the necessary skills to achieve the assessment objectives of the French ab initio course.

Activities and assessment

French ab initio students may be involved in many different forms of communication and exposed to a wide variety of texts. They will be encouraged to get involved in class discussions about written texts, informal conversations, everyday scenarios and emails. Students are expected to develop accuracy and fluency in expression and control over vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation and intonation.

A range of texts are accessed in the course. Language skills are not developed in isolation but through the use of a wide range of contemporary materials such as web pages, advertisements, newspaper and magazine articles, catalogues, forms, instructions, and much more.

Assessment will be both formative and summative and fully in accordance with IB criteria.

Advice from our teachers

In order to succeed in French ab initio SL, we recommend students set aside five to six hours a week.

Benefits to students

Taking French ab initio online will enable students to:

  • develop their receptive, productive and interactive skills
  • learn with students and teachers from around the world
  • function successfully in a French-speaking environment
  • develop an appreciation of the cultural riches of French-speaking communities
  • greatly expand their possibilities for work, entertainment and travel.

Words from our students

I could do my work whenever I wanted, not just when I had to go to class but when I actually wanted to learn.

Tara Philosophy SL student

I think this type of stimulating, inclusive learning experience epitomises everything that is right with the IB ethos. I have only to thank my teacher and the Pamoja Education staff for making the past two years the best of my academic life.

Christopher Film SL student

You have several ways to  contact everyone and you always interact with everyone weekly through discussions.

Anda Psychology HL student

My online learning experience definitely taught me self-motivation and that’s been so important for starting university.

 

Hollie Psychology alumna, Psychology with American Studies student, University of Sussex

The course was rigorous and challenging, yet at the same time provided me with freedom and independence which taught me self-discipline and encouraged me to organize my workload.

Alexandra Economics HL student

The online Math HL course has prepared me for university in ways that a traditional course cannot, both in terms of the quality of the teaching, and of the time management skills that I developed during the course.

María Mathematics HL alumna and Engineering student at Cambridge University

Interacting with people from other countries all over the world and other cultures brings in more of the IB idea, where we’re a global community and we can interact with each other using the internet.

Rocio Psychology SL student

You really learn how to schedule your own time. I think it prepares you for college, when you have fewer classes and more flexibility with your time.

Jun Film SL student

The online Mandarin ab initio course allows me to make a personal connection to my teacher. I have weekly conversations with an online tutor that the Pamoja Education system sets up so that we can practice our speaking.

Carsten Mandarin ab initio student

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