IB Language B


Language B is a two-year course that aims to develop the students’ linguistic competence and intercultural understanding. The language skills developed will enable the student to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences. Authentic materials will be used in order to maximize the student’s exposure to the target language and to model the appropriate use of the language in a range of situations, contexts and, purposes while investigating a variety of themes or subjects.

Language B will be the main language of communication in the class between the teacher and the student, as well as among the students themselves. This course gives the student the opportunity to reach a high degree of competency in the language as well as a wide exposure to the international community.

There is a common syllabus at SL and HL (with literature as an additional component of the HL course). Students will cover 5 prescribed themes:

  • Identities
  • Experiences
  • Human Ingenuity
  • Social Organisation
  • Sharing the Planet.

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

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IB1 B Language B


Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Main Themes

Prescribed theme: Identity

Language and Identity

– The concept of speaking French / Spanish / Arabic

National Identity

National Symbols



Prescribed theme: Experiences

Customs and traditions

– Types of families

Mixed marriages

– Divorce

– Traditions in marriages

– Domestic violence


Prescribed theme: Social Organisation

Youth values

– Social relationships

– Youth and Society


Types of texts:

·         Letter (informal/ formal)

·         Email

·         Diary

·         Blog

·         Speech

·         Interview/questionnaire



Prescribed theme: Identity


– Well being

– Drugs/alcohol

– Illnesses, symptoms of good/ill health

– Beauty

Prescribed theme: Human Ingenuity

– Ethic and sports: doping


Prescribed theme: Experiences


– Holidays

– Traveling

– Tourism Impact

– Sports


Prescribed theme: Human Ingenuity

Communications and Media

– Advantages and disadvantages of medias

– Internet and TV

– Artistic expression: tattoos


Types of texts:

·         Tract/brochure

·         Article

·         Film review

·         Official report

·         Travel guide

·         News report

Prescribed theme: Social Organisation


– Educational system

– Work

– Social engagement, voluntary work

Prescribed theme: Human Ingenuity

Communications and Media

– Advertising

– Propaganda

– Bias in media

– Social media


Types of texts:

·         Social media posting/chat room

·         Advertisement

·         Survey

·         Set of instructions

·         Essay



Main Assessment

Paper 1: Writing – 1 task 250-400 words of one type of text students covered.  

Paper 2: reading (1 text), listening (1 extract).

Oral assessments: 3 pictures to prepare at home – description only (teacher chooses one for the assessment).


Paper 1: Writing – students are given two tasks and choose one + have to pick the most appropriate type of text.   

Paper 2: reading (2 texts), listening (2 extracts).

Oral assessments: 2 unseen pictures (SL) to describe (student pick one) + discussion. One unseen picture (HL).

Paper 1: full paper (HL + SL)

Paper 2: full paper (HL + SL)

Oral assessments: 2 unseen pictures to describe (SL student pick one) + discussion.

1 unseen picture (HL) + discussion



Presenting and defending conflicting viewpoints (IB profile – thinkers and risk takers).


Researching unfamiliar cultures and systems and presenting findings (IB profile – enquirer).  


Comparing and contrasting cultural differences around the world (marriage celebrations)

Reviewing and building upon previous knowledge from past studies (future & past tenses).


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


Using a mark-scheme to identify opportunities for improvement.

Justifying choices with regards to personal and physical health (Healthy living & diets)

Analysing and explaining causes and consequences of food related to mental disease.


Researching on similarities and differences between the Francophone / Hispanic countries and the UAE.


IB2 Language B

Main Themes

Prescribed theme: Sharing the Planet

Global issues

– Environment

– Migrations

– Human rights

– Pauverty

– Racisme


Prescribed theme: Human Ingenuity

Sciences and technologies 

– New technologies

– Ethic and science



Types of texts:

·         Editorial/readers’ letter

·         Littérature (HL)

Prescribed theme: Sharing the Planet

Global issues

– Globalisation

– Peace and conflict

– Equality


Revision sessions

Types of texts:

·         Review of the types of texts studied


Study leave.

Main Assessment

Mock Examinations

Paper 1 / Paper 2 and individual oral


Past paper practice

Paper 1/Paper 2 and individual oral

IB French B Examination in May/June



Reflective: reflecting on how the use of new technology affect our everyday life and on our dependence to it.


Identifying similarities between languages and Theory of Knowledge approach.


Evaluating, redrafting and improving written work in order to increase linguistic complexity and accuracy.

Highlighting strengths and weaknesses in preparation for final exams and targeted revision.


Combine previous knowledge to synthesize more complex concepts


Comprehend and apply different revision strategies to reading and writing skills.


Collaborating with peers in order to practice key skills (writing)

Unit / Block of workKey Episodes / QuestionsAdditional DetailsLength of time.Learner Attribute(s)
Mental and physical health
Healthy lifestyle tipsText type: list of instructions, advertisement, panflet
The present tense of regular -AR, -ER and -IR verbs 
Adjective agreements
Articles, genders and number
Reflexive verbs
Possesive adjectives
Verbs ser and estar
Negation no, nada, nunca, jamás, nadie
Question words
Near future ir a + infinitive
The imperative tense
12 lessonsInquirer
 Art and wellbeing   
 Personal identification   
 Family life and relationships    
 Mindfulness and yoga   
 Health and nutrition   
 Music and wellbeing   
 Physical activity   
Unit 2 – EXPERIENCESLeisure and cultureText type: blog, informal email, diary entry9 lessonsOpen minded
Leisure and entertainementCultural foodRelative pronouns  
 Architecture and tourismThe verb gustar and verbs with similar conjugation  
 Benefits of travelingVerbs + prepositions  
 Music, radio, cinemaPerfect tense and tense markers  
 Newspapers, magazinesPerfect vs present tense  
 TelevisionPerfect tense of reflexive verbs  
Unit 3 – SOCIAL ORGANISATIONSolidarity and projects in communityText type: informal letter, article15 lessonsRisk taker
Living in a communityUrban and rural communitiesEstar + gerund  
 Organisations by the youthPrepositions   
 Wall paintings and its messagePast participles, infinitves and gerund  
 Intergenerational communities Connectives  
 Social relationships and festivalsAdverbs of intensity  
 Virtual communitiesPreterite and tense markers  
Education and work
Spanish educational system Text type: formal email  / formal letter
Conditionnal tense
Imperfect tense and tense markers
Verbs with prepositions
Direct object pronouns
Indirect object pronouns
Diacritical accent
9 lessonsBalanced
 Education and sports   
 Education and wellbeing   
 Work and family   
 New technologies and Education   
 Innovative teaching and learning   
 Education as part of our lives   
Unit 5 – HUMAN INGENUITY9 types of artText type: review15 lessonsInquirer
Art: a way of livingArt and cultureComparatives and superlatives  
 Galleries and social relationshipsDemonstratives  
 Street art¨Si¨ – if conditional  
 Radio, television, cinemaAdverbs and adverbs ending in -mente  
 Film reviews and ratingThe passive voice  
 Social networksDirect and indirect speech  
 Well-known authorsThe 5 types of ¨se¨  
Unit 6 – SHARING THE PLANETEco-unrbanisationText type: report, instructions list, essay15 lessonsReflective
The EnvironmentGestures for a greener lifeSer and estar  
 Cities and environmental pollutionPor and para   
 Sustainable citiesComplex adjectives  
 Solar energyIrregular verbs present tense  
 Water supplyNegative imperative  
 Ecological awareness Subjunctive – Present  
 Sustainable tourismIdiomatic expressions  
Human rights
The universal declaration of human rightsText type: article,speech
Modal verbs
Uses of the subjunctive
Subjunctive markers
Ordinal and cardinal numbers
Written and elliptic accent rules
15 lessonsThinker
 Classification of human rights   
 Citizen participation in human rights   
 The declaration of equality and indigenous people   
 Human rights defenders difficulties   
 Human rights report   
 Finding the information about human rights   
Communication, media and technology
Social media and internetText type: Brochure
Idiomatic expressions
Imperfect subjunctive
6 lessonsCommunicator
 Impact of social media on young people   
 Technological advance   
 Technology among young people   
 Opportunities offered by technology   
Life milestones
Periods of change in lifeReview text types12 lessonsOpen-minded
 Growing oldIndicative mood tenses  
 Evolution of rites of passage over timeSentence agreements  
 The teen ageTime expressions  
 Life stories   
 Unbelievable stories   
 Family stories, new challenges   
Unit / Block of workKey Episodes / QuestionsAdditional detailsLength of time.Learner Attribute(s)
Unit 10 – HUMAN INGENUITYShocking scientific advancesAdverbs and superlatives revision15 lessonsInquirer
Scientific innovationsSpanish speaking scientistsThe passive voice revision  
and mediaRevolutionary scientific advancesDemonstratives  
 Advances in medicine DOP and IOP   
 Advances in geneticsConnectives  
 Knowing the past, understanding the present and building the futureIrregular present and preterite  
 Sharing knowledge and scientific advancesDirect and indirect speech  
 Pros and cons of the internet“Si” – if revision  
Unit 11 – IDENTITYOur beliefs and valuesPluperfect tense12 lessonsBalanced
Values, language  and cultureSpititual lifeIdiomatic expressions  
 Importance of valuesModal verbs  
 Accepting different values ​​and beliefsImperfect vs Perfect tense  
 Subcultures: ways of thinking, clothing styles and behaviors   
 Generation “Hashtag”   
 Language, culture and identity   
 The importance of the mother tongue in identity   
 The advantages of being bilingual or multilingual   
Unit 12 – SOCIAL ORGANISATIONQualifications and degreesReview formal letter /email12 lessonsReflective
WorkplaceWork life and job interviewsSimple future tense – revision  
 Curriculum VitaeConditional tense – revision  
 ProfessionalismRelative pronouns – revision  
 Jobs and careers   
 Work experience and conditions   
Unit 13 – EXPERIENCESThe difference between customs and traditionsText types revision9 lessonsThinker
Culture and emigrantsUnique celebrations and singular traditionsImperative – revision  
 Emigrant experiences Reflexive verbs in the perfect tense – revison  
 Contributions of immigrants to the host country   
Unit 14 – SHARING THE PLANETOrganisations that promote peaceGerund, past participle, infinitive – revision6 lessonsPrincipled
Social and global issuesEquality and fairness“Se” particle – revision  
 Poverty and charityThe subjunctive – revision  
 GlobalisationAccents – revision