Part of the IB Diploma subject group 6, the arts, Film SL develops students’ skills so that they become adept in interpreting and making film texts.

Through the analysis of film texts and exercises in film-making, the course explores film history, theory and socio-economic background. It also develops students’ critical abilities, enabling them to appreciate the variety of cultural and historical perspectives in film.

What is different in taking Film SL online?

Students will have the opportunity to:

  • choose an art class that may not be offered at their school
  • study alongside students from around the world
  • exchange ideas with people from very different backgrounds
  • use technology much more than in a face-to-face environment, especially in their communication tools
  • add flexibility to their timetable

 

Topics covered through the course

These can be split into three categories:

Textual analysis
Topics include the language of Film, mise-en-scene, costume, music, cinematography, lighting and camera movement. These are studies in the context of the prescribed film for the Film SL course. These films include Psycho, Breathless, The 400 Blows, Ikiru, The Good the Bad and the Ugly, Blade Runner, Pan's Labyrinth, Children of Men and Metropolis.

Film history and theory
Topics include early cinema, German expressionism, musicals of the 30s and 40s, Italian neo-realism, film noir, French new wave, Japanese cinema, Mexican cinema, gender theory, auteur theory, Marxist cinema, and psychoanalytical film theory.

Film production
There are several practical production projects. These short films (1-2 minutes) usually focus on a particular area of the creative process, such as lighting, editing, how to film a dinner table conversation, diegetic and Foley sound, and the visual interpretation of a poem.

Activities and assessment

Every activity has its own assessment rubric. Students may create a one-minute video without dialogue that includes at least two characters and a dinner table; create a Twilight Zone film where a character transitions between different places and time periods that are unconnected in reality; recreate a scene from a favourite film; film the same location twice (the second time light and design the location to recreate a place typical of a chosen genre of film); record an analysis of how film language creates meaning in a five-minute extract from a film; create a storyboard; or create a map showing camera placement, lighting, and actor movement in a scene.

Advice from our teachers

In order to succeed, we recommend students set aside five to six hours a week.
Students will need a video camera or DSLR that has manual focus, a sturdy tripod and editing software such as iMovie, Final Cut or Premiere, as basic requirements. A lighting kit and recording device (handheld or microphone) would be excellent additions.

Benefits to students

Taking Film SL online will enable students to:

  • enhance their passion for the subject
  • deepen their understanding of the how and why of filmmaking
  • develop intercultural understanding which is sought by the world’s top universities
  • develop 21st century skills like time management, communication and digital literacy which are much in demand by employers

Mathematics SL

Part of the IB subject group 5, Mathematics SL is a course for students with a good background in mathematics and strong analytical and technical skills.
Some students will be expecting to include mathematics in their university studies, either as a subject in its own right or within courses such as physics, engineering and technology.
The course is also for students who have a strong interest in mathematics and enjoy meeting its challenges.

What is different in taking Mathematics SL online?

Students will have the opportunity to:

  • learn at their own pace and in a location of their choice
  • develop their organisational skills
  • study alongside students from around the world
  • gain experience of using the latest online learning tools

 

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

The core topics of the class are algebra, functions and equations, trigonometry, calculus, vectors, probability and statistics.

Activities and assessment

Some activities that assess student achievement against IB criteria. These include problem sets, self-assessed quizzes, teacher assessed tests, investigations, modelling activities, and exams.
These assessments use IB standards and allow students to understand their mathematical progress and attainment.

Learning is also supported with discussion forums, blogging, email, pager and weekly live lessons in the online classroom.

These are assessed against Pamoja rubrics that allow students to monitor the quality of their interaction and engagement with the course.

Advice from our teachers

In order to succeed, we recommend students set aside seven to ten hours a week.

Benefits to students

Taking Mathematics SL online will enable students to:

  • take a course written by some of the best IB mathematics teachers in the world
  • be supported by highly experienced IB teachers
  • develop independence in learning and time-management
  • develop their ability to work in a connected world
  • become experienced in a wide range of online learning tools
  • better cope with Higher Education where more and more courses are online

Mathematics HL

Part of the IB subject group 5, Mathematics HL is a course for students with a good background in mathematics and strong analytical and technical skills.
Some students will be expecting to include mathematics in their university studies, either as a subject in its own right or within courses such as physics, engineering and technology.
The course is also for students who have a strong interest in mathematics and enjoy meeting its challenges.

What is different in taking Mathematics HL online?

Students will have the opportunity to:

  • learn at their own pace and in a location of their choice
  • develop their organisational skills
  • study alongside students from around the world
  • gain experience of using the latest online learning tools

 

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

The core topics of the class are algebra, functions and equations, trigonometry, calculus, vectors, probability and statistics.

Activities and assessment

Some activities that assess student achievement against IB criteria. These include problem sets, self-assessed quizzes, teacher assessed tests, investigations, modelling activities, and exams.
These assessments use IB standards and allow students to understand their mathematical progress and attainment.

Learning is also supported with discussion forums, blogging, email, pager and weekly live lessons in the online classroom.

These are assessed against Pamoja rubrics that allow students to monitor the quality of their interaction and engagement with the course.

Advice from our teachers

In order to succeed, we recommend students set aside seven to ten hours a week.
It is strongly recommended that students buy and use a TI-nspire (non CAS) graphing calculator.

Benefits to students

Taking Mathematics HL online will enable students to:

  • take a course written by some of the best IB mathematics teachers in the world
  • be supported by highly experienced IB teachers
  • develop independence in learning and time-management
  • develop their ability to work in a connected world
  • become experienced in a wide range of online learning tools
  • better cope with Higher Education where more and more courses are online

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.

Philosophy SL

Part of the IB subject group 3, Individuals and Societies, Philosophy SL is a course that tackles questions important to humanity. For example, what is it to be a human being and how do I know what is the right thing to do?
Students learn how to think systematically, analyse arguments, and study philosophical themes. They also look at problems facing contemporary society, including those resulting from increased international interaction.

What is different in taking Philosophy SL online?

Students will have the opportunity to:

  • study alongside students from around the world
  • exchange ideas with people from very different philosophical backgrounds
  • access source material in a variety of media
  • 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.

Themes covered through the course

IB Philosophy SL covers major philosophical themes such as moral values, relativism, utilitarianism as well as major philosophical thinkers such as Plato, Socrates, Hegel and Iris Murdoch.
Students look at questions such as: are human beings special? Are we free and are human beings naturally selfish? They also get the chance to study an optional theme of their own choice.

Activities and assessment

Activities include watching videos, reading notes, independent research, listening to podcasts by leading philosophers, writing personal reflections, essay writing, analysing and evaluating texts, external websites, or online discussions with classmates.
Students take quizzes and carry out activities for authentic examination preparation.

Advice from our teachers

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

Benefits to students

Taking Philosophy SL online will enable students to:

  • sharpen their intellectual skills
  • develop perspectives that encompass cultural pluralism and an awareness of the international context within which it unfolds
  • develop intercultural understanding which is sought by the world’s top universities
  • develop 21st century skills like time management, communication and digital literacy which are much in demand by employers

Psychology HL

Part of the IB subject group 3, Individuals and Societies, Psychology is the systematic study of behaviour and mental processes. Psychology has a variety of research designs and applications, and provides a unique approach to understanding modern society.

What is different in taking Psychology HL online?

Students will have the opportunity to:

  • access source material in a variety of media
  • learn, practice and review much more at their own pace than in a traditional classroom
  • study alongside students from around the world
  • gain experience of using the latest online learning tools
  • regularly communicate with teachers and fellow students

 

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

The core of the psychology course comprises the study of the biological level of analysis, the cognitive level of analysis and the sociocultural level of analysis.
There is also an investigation of research methodology. Students undertake the optional studies of Abnormal Psychology and the Psychology of Human Relationships.

Activities and assessment

A typical week in IB Psychology would involve a reading assignment and an activity that requires students to engage with the content of the course, for example a discussion forum, a blog post or a worksheet. Students will generally undertake one to two wiki assignments, which are collaborative tasks that the whole class works on. Once a semester students will complete a group project. Lastly students will be assigned IB style assessment tasks once they have mastered the course content of each of the units of study. The Internal Assessment that is assigned involves conducting a psychological experiment and writing a report.

There are two types of assessment in IB Psychology. Formative assessment focuses on student engagement and involvement in the course activities such as the discussion forums and wikis, blog posts and worksheets. These activities are designed to consolidate student understanding of course content.

Advice from our teachers

In order to succeed in Psychology HL, we recommend students set aside six to eight hours a week.

Benefits to students

Taking Psychology HL online will enable students to:

  • access a rich source of information about factors that influence human behaviour
  • develop their understanding of people in general and themselves in particular
  • acquire effective work habits to regulate their own learning
  • become experienced in a wide range of technical and social tools

Psychology SL

Part of the IB subject group 3 individuals and societies, Psychology is the systematic study of behaviour and mental processes. Psychology has a variety of research designs and applications, and provides a unique approach to understanding modern society.

What is different in taking Psychology SL online?

Students will have the opportunity to:

  • access source material in a variety of media
  • learn, practice and review much more at their own pace than in a traditional classroom
  • study alongside students from around the world
  • gain experience of using the latest online learning tools
  • regularly communicate with teachers and fellow students

 

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

The core of the psychology course comprises the study of the biological level of analysis, the cognitive level of analysis and the sociocultural level of analysis.
There is also an investigation of research methodology and students will undertake an optional study of Abnormal Psychology.

Activities and assessment

A typical week in IB Psychology would involve a reading assignment and an activity that requires students to engage with the content of the course, for example a discussion forum, a blog post or a worksheet. Students will generally undertake one to two wiki assignments, which are collaborative tasks that the whole class works on. Once a semester students will complete a group project. Lastly students will be assigned IB style assessment tasks once they have mastered the course content of each of the units of study. The Internal Assessment that is assigned involves conducting a psychological experiment and writing a report.

There are two types of assessment in IB Psychology. Formative assessment focuses on student engagement and involvement in the course activities such as the discussion forums and wikis, blog posts and worksheets. These activities are designed to consolidate student understanding of course content.

Advice from our teachers

In order to succeed in Psychology SL, we recommend students set aside four to six hours a week.

Benefits to students

Taking Psychology SL online will enable students to:

  • access a rich source of information about factors that influence human behaviour
  • develop their understanding of people in general and themselves in particular
  • acquire effective work habits to regulate their own learning
  • become experienced in a wide range of technical and social tools