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French Ab

 

French ab Initio is a two-year course which will provide students with the necessary skills and intercultural understanding to enable them to communicate successfully in an environment where the language studied is spoken. Offered at SL only, language ab initio is a language acquisition course designed for students with no previous experience in – or very little exposure to – the target language.

French ab initio students develop their receptive, productive and interactive skills while learning to communicate in the target language in familiar and unfamiliar contexts. Students develop the ability to communicate through the study of language, themes and texts.

There are five prescribed themes:

  1. Identities
  2. Experiences
  3. Human ingenuity
  4. Social organisation
  5. Sharing the planet.

 

They will be assessed regularly on the 4 equally weighted skills of Speaking / Reading / Writing and Listening.

Please click on the arrow for a detailed breakdown:

IB1 – IB French Ab initio – Panorama

Main Vocabulary Themes

Identities: Personal Attributes, Relationships

Experiences: Daily Routine

Personal identification

Family relationships

Character

Daily routine, time

 

Social Organisation: Education

Types of school

Personnel

Facilities

Subjects

Extra-curricular activities

School calendar, dates

 

Experiences: Leisure & Entertainment

Sports

Hobbies

Entertainment

 

Text types:

Personal Letter

Formal Letter

E-mail

Blog

Diary

 

Social Organisation: Home

Accommodation

Home life

Household tasks

invitations, celebrations

 

Social Organisation: My Neighbourhood

Types of shops

Buying clothes

Customer services

Purchases, payment

Public transport

Banks, post office

Telephone

E-mail, fax, internet

 

How we share the planet: –

Physical Geography/ the World

Countries

Geographical features

 

Text types:

Survey

Article

Social Media Posting/Chat room

 

Experiences: Holidays & Celebrations

Human Ingenuity: Transportation

Means of transport

Types of destination

Holiday inquiries Facilities

Reservations

Celebrations and festivals in France

 

How we share the planet: Climate & Weather

Current weather conditions

Forecast

Climate

 

Identities: Food & Drink (Eating Out)

Types of restaurants

Meals in a restaurant

Reservations, menus, orders

Recipes

Diets, preferences

Special dishes

 

Text types:

Travel Guide

Advertisement

Poster

Brochure

Leaflet/Pamphlet

 

 

Main Assessment

Listening: 1 extract 

Reading: 1 text

Writing: 1 Question, known text type

Oral assessment: one picture to describe (3 prepared at home).

 

Listening: 2 extracts 

Reading: 2 texts

Writing: 1 Question w/choice of text types

Oral assessment: 2 unseen pictures to describe (students pick one).

Listening: Full Paper 

Reading: Full Paper

Writing: 2 Questions

Oral assessment: 2 unseen pictures to describe (students pick one).

Skills

Using a mark-scheme to identify opportunities for improvement (All skills, esp. Writing & Speaking in term 1)

Researching unfamiliar cultures and systems, and presenting findings (French education system vs. others)

Analysing and identifying the key points of a visual stimulus (Oral Cards)

 

Combing and differentiating between fundamental linguistic concepts (Imperfect vs. Perfect tense)

 

 

Comparing weather in the Middle East and European countries (Climate)

 

Comparing and contrasting cultural differences around the world (Celebrations, cultural holidays)