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 course content is designed to be challenging, engaging and a positive educational experience for each student.

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 content 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 commit five to six hours a week.

Benefits to students

Taking French ab initio 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

Spanish ab initio

Part of the IB Diploma Programme subject group 2, Language Acquisition, Spanish ab initio is a course for students with no previous formal experience of learning Spanish. It will enable them to communicate with people from a new culture and make the most of any time they spend in Spain and Latin America.

Topics covered through the course

Spanish ab initio not only covers essential vocabulary and grammar, but also key elements of Hispanic life and culture such as food, leisure, family relationships and entertainment.

Activities and assessment

Activities include discussions, creating presentations, learning from videos, contributing to blogs and wikis as well as handwriting practice and exciting interactive tasks. The emphasis is on learning actively together. Of course, there will be some traditional activities such as essay writing and oral practice to prepare for the exams.

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

Advice from our teachers

In order to succeed in Spanish ab initio, we recommend students commit five to six hours a week.

Benefits to students

Taking Spanish ab initio will enable students to:

  • develop their receptive, productive and interactive skills
  • function successfully in a Spanish-speaking environment
  • develop an appreciation of the cultural riches of the Hispanic world
  • greatly expand their possibilities for work, entertainment and travel

Spanish B SL

Part of the IB Diploma Programme subject group 2, Language Acquisition, Spanish B SL is a course designed for students with some previous experience of the language. This usually means having completed the Spanish ab initio course or having studied the language for a minimum of 120 hours. The focus of the course is on improving language acquisition and skills through authentic materials such as magazine articles, films and podcasts.

What is different in taking Spanish B SL online?

Students will have the opportunity to:

  • access authentic materials in a variety of media
  • study alongside students from around the world
  • gain experience of using the latest online learning tools
  • regularly communicate with teachers, conversation 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
  • learn at their own pace and in a location of their choice

 

Some things won’t be different though. Standards and expectations will be just as high as in a face to face classroom.

Topics covered through the course

Spanish B SL covers a variety of topics affecting the Hispanic and wider world based on three core topics: social relationships, communication and media, and global issues.
In addition to this, students can choose optional topics from the following: customs and traditions, cultural diversity, health, science and technology, and leisure.

Activities and assessment

The emphasis is on learning actively together. Activities include live and asynchronous online discussions, creating presentations, learning from videos and interactive exercises. The course also provides more traditional activities such as reading comprehension, essay writing and oral practice to prepare students for the exams.
Assessment will be both formative and summative in accordance with IB criteria.

Advice from our teachers

In order to succeed in Spanish B SL, we recommend students set aside five to six hours a week.

Benefits to students

Taking Spanish B SL online will enable students to:

  • take part on a course designed by some of the best IB Spanish teachers in the world
  • be supported by highly experienced IB teachers
  • communicate clearly, effectively and fluently in Spanish
  • understand and appreciate different perspectives of people from Spain and Latin America.
  • greatly expand their possibilities for work, entertainment and travel in an increasingly important part of the world
  • be creatively and intellectually stimulated

Spanish ab initio

Part of the IB Diploma Programme subject group 2, Language Acquisition, Spanish ab initio is a course for students with no previous formal experience of learning Spanish. It will enable them to communicate with people from a new culture and make the most of any time they spend in Spain and Latin America.

What is different in taking Spanish ab initio online?

Students will have the opportunity to:

  • access a structured learning environment that provides flexibility and support in equal measure
  • study alongside students from around the world
  • gain experience of using the latest online learning tools
  • regularly communicate with teachers, conversation 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.

Topics covered through the course

Spanish ab initio not only covers essential vocabulary and grammar, but also key elements of Hispanic life and culture such as food, leisure, family relationships and entertainment.

Activities and assessment

Activities include live online discussions, creating presentations, learning from videos, contributing to blogs and wikis as well as exciting, hand-writing practice and interactive tasks. The emphasis is on learning actively together. Of course, there will be some traditional activities such as essay writing and oral practice to prepare you for the exams.
Assessment will be both formative and summative and fully in accordance with IB criteria.

Advice from our teachers

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

Benefits to students

Taking Spanish 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 Spanish-speaking environment
  • develop an appreciation of the cultural riches of Hispanic world
  • greatly expand their possibilities for work, entertainment and travel

Mandarin ab initio

Part of the IB Diploma Programme subject group 2, Language Acquisition, Mandarin ab initio is an innovative course for students with no previous formal experience of learning Mandarin. It will enable them to communicate with people from a new culture and make a success of their time spent in a part of the world where Mandarin is commonly spoken.

What is different in taking Mandarin ab initio online?

Students will have the opportunity to:

  • access a structured learning environment that provides flexibility and support in equal measure
  • study alongside students from around the world
  • gain experience of using the latest online learning tools
  • regularly communicate with teachers, conversation 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

Themes covered include introductions, shopping, daily life, food, education, home, people, China and the world, holidays, emergencies, special events, work, environment, media and Theory of Knowledge.

Activities and assessment

Activities include live online discussions, creating presentations, learning from videos, contributing to blogs and wikis as well as exciting, hand-writing practice and interactive tasks. The emphasis is on learning actively together. Of course, there will be some traditional activities such as essay writing and oral practice to prepare you for the exams.
Assessment will be both formative and summative and fully in accordance with IB criteria.

Advice from our teachers

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

Benefits to students

Taking Mandarin 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 Mandarin-speaking environment
  • develop an appreciation of the cultural riches of Mandarin-speaking communities
  • greatly expand their possibilities for work, entertainment and travel.

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.