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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

Bilinguism

 

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

Health

– Well being

– Drugs/alcohol

– Illnesses, symptoms of good/ill health

– Beauty

Prescribed theme: Human Ingenuity

– Ethic and sports: doping

 

Prescribed theme: Experiences

Leisure

– 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

Education

– 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

 

Skills

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

– GMO

 

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

 

Skills

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)

THE LEARNING JOURNEY FOR IB1 FRENCH B   
     
Unit / Block of workKey Episodes / QuestionsAdditional DetailsLength of time.Learner Attribute(s)
Unit 1 – IDENTITY
Mental and physical health
What makes usThe present tense of regular -ER, -IR and -RE verbs 
Adjective agreements
Articles, genders and number
Possesive adjectives
Main irregular verbs
Negation
Question words
Future tenses
The imperative tense
Relative pronouns: “qui / que”
Texts: blog / formal and informal letters
12 lessonsInquirer
Comminicator
 Healthy lifestyle tips   
 Art and wellbeing   
 Personal identification   
 Family life and relationships    
 Young people today   
 Health and nutrition   
 Music and wellbeing   
 Physical activity   
 Dependance and addictions   
 Beauty   
 How to deal with stress   
Unit 2 – EXPERIENCESLeisure and culture“Jouer à” vs “jouer de”12 lessonsOpen minded
Balanced
Leisure and entertainementImportance of leisure “jouer à” vs “faire de”  
 Cultural foodThe pronoun “y”  
 Architecture and tourismMore verbs and prepositions  
 Benefits of travelingPerfect tense and tense markers  
 MigrationPresent tense of irregular verbs   
 Challenge prejudicesPerfect tense of reflexive verbs  
 TelevisionText types: brochure / survey / guide / interview  
Unit 3 – HUMAN INGENUITYCreativity: 9 types of artIdiomatic expressions15 lessonsInquirer
Open-minder
Art: a way of livingArt and cultureComparatives and superlatives  
 EthicsDemonstratives  
 Street art¨Si¨ – if conditional  
 Radio, television, cinemaAdverbs ending in -ment  
 Film reviews and ratingDirect and indirect speech  
 Social networksDebating and argumentation   
 Well-known authorsText type: adventissment / guide / critic  
Unit 4 – SOCIAL ORGANISATIONSolidarity and projects in communityMore on reflexive verbs 15 lessonsRisk taker
Caring
Living in a communityUrban and rural communitiesPrepositions   
 Organisations by the youth“tu” vs “vous”  
 Wall paintings and its messageMore on connectives   
 Intergenerational communities Adverbs of intensity  
 Social relationships and festivalsPerfect tense   
 Virtual communitiesModal verbs  
Unit 5 – SOCIAL ORGANISATION
Education and work
French educational system Imperfect tense and tense markers
Direct object pronouns
Indirect object pronouns
Imperative mood
Idiomatic expressions
Pronouns “y” and “en”
Text types: diary / informal letter / social media post
9 lessonsBalanced
Inquirer
 Education and sports   
 Education and wellbeing   
 Work and family relationships   
 New technologies and Education   
 Innovative teaching and learning   
 Education as part of our lives   
Unit 6 – SOCIAL ORGANISATION
Social engagement
VolunteeringText types: speech9 lessonsBalanced
Inquirer
 CAS   
 Needs of the society    
 Inequality    
Unit 7 – SHARING THE PLANETEco-unrbanisationMore on the conditional 15 lessonsReflective
Caring
The EnvironmentGestures for a greener lifeComplex adjectives  
 Cities and environmental pollutionPerfect tense vs imperfect tense  
 Sustainable citiesIrregular verbs present tense  
 Solar energyNegative imperative  
 Water supplySubjunctive – Present  
 Ecological awareness Idiomatic expressions  
 Sustainable tourismText type: brochure  
Unit 8 – SHARING THE PLANET
Our World and human rights
Global warning Text type: article,speech
Modal verbs
Uses of the subjunctive
Subjunctive markers
Ordinal and cardinal numbers
Text types: report / leaflet 
15 lessonsThinker
Knowledgeable
 Pollution    
 Over exploitation    
 The universal declaration of human rights   
 Classification of human rights   
 Citizen participation in human rights   
Unit 9 – IDENTITYOur beliefs, values and traditionsPronouns and possessive adjectives 12 lessonsBalanced
Open-minded
Values, language and cultureCultural differences in French speaking countries Idiomatic expressions  
 Importance of valuesModal verbs: “falloir”  
 Accepting different values ​​and beliefsPresent participle  
 Subcultures: ways of thinking, clothing styles and behaviors and celebrationsSubjunctive – irregular verbs  
 Generation “Hashtag” and slangDebating and argumentation   
 Language, culture and identityAbreviations  
 The importance of the mother tongue in identityMovie: “la haine”  
 The advantages of being bilingual or multilingualText type: survey / questionnaire / social media post  
THE LEARNING JOURNEY FOR IB2 SPANISH B   
     
Unit / Block of workKey Episodes / QuestionsAdditional detailsLength of time.Learner Attribute(s)
Unit 10 – EXPERIENCES
Life milestones
Periods of change in life / past experiences Past tenses 12 lessonsOpen-minded
 Growing oldIndicative mood tenses  
 Evolution of rites of passage over timeConnectives   
 The teen ageTime expressions  
 Life storiesText type: biography / letter of complaint  
 Unbelievable stories   
 Family stories, new challenges   
Unit 11 – HUMAN INGENUITY
Communication, media and technology
Social media and internetImperative – revision
Negation
6 lessonsCommunicator
Balanced
 Impact of social media on young people   
 Technological advance   
 Technology among young people and challenges   
 Opportunities and influences offered by technology   
Unit 12 – HUMAN INGENUITYShocking scientific advances and their effects: ethicsAdverbs15 lessonsInquirer
Open-minded
Scientific innovationsFrench speaking scientistsThe passive voice   
and mediaRevolutionary scientific advancesDemonstratives  
 Advances in medicine and consequencesDOP and IOP   
 Advances in genetics and consequencesRelative pronouns  
 Knowing the past, understanding the present and building the future   
 Sharing knowledge and scientific advances   
 Pros and cons of the internet   
Unit 13 – SOCIAL ORGANISATIONQualifications, apprentiships and degreesReview of formal texts 12 lessonsReflective
Risk-taker
WorkplaceWork life and job interviewsQuestion words  
 Curriculum VitaePresent and past conditional   
 ProfessionalismText type: interview / repport  
 Jobs and careers   
 Unemployment   
 Work experience and conditions   
Unit 14 – SHARING THE PLANETOrganisations that promote peace“Liberté, égalité, fraternité”6 lessonsPrincipled
Reflective
Social and global issuesConflicts Debating   
 Liberty: citizen rights and duties The subjunctive – revision  
 Equality and fairnessAccents – revision  
 Poverty and charity   
 Globalisation   
Unit 15 – EXPERIENCESThe difference between customs and traditionsText types revision6 lessonsThinker
Communicator
Culture and emigrantsUnique celebrations and singular traditionsImperative – revision  
 Emigrant experiences Reflexive verbs in the perfect tense – revison  
 Contributions of immigrants to the host country