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Spanish Ab

 

Spanish 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. Spanish 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 Spanish Ab initio – Panorama

Main Vocabulary Themes

Identities: Personal Attributes

Age

Date of birth

Languages

Nationalities

Greetings

Family (introduction)

 

Identities: Personal Relationships

Physical description

Personality

Clothes

Family (continuation)

Professions

 

Experiences: Daily Routine

Days of the week

At home

Dates

Time

 

Identities: Food and Drink

Quantity

Food

Instructions to cook

Restaurants

Health and diet

 

Social Organisation: My Neighbourhood

City and town

Directions

Buildings

Types of housing

Public transportation

 

Text types:

Map

Interview

List

Notes

Diary

Article

Informal letter

E-mail

How we share the planet: Climate & Physical Geography

Seasons

Impact of climate on daily life

Geographical features

Meteorological conditions

 

Experiences: Holidays

Human Ingenuity: Transportation

Means of transport

Types of destinations

Holiday inquiries facilities

Reservations

 

Experiences: Leisure & Entertainment

Sport centres

Clubs and teams

TV

Types of sport

Recreational activities

 

Social Organisation: Education

Subjects

Teachers

Clothes

Educational systems

 

Experiences: Celebrations

Cultural events

Recreational activities

Festivals

 

 

 

Text types:

Blog

Brochure

Leaflet/Pamphlet

Poster

Postcard

Formal letter

Advertisement

Invitation

 

Social Organisation: My Neighbourhood

Types of shops

Online shopping

Purchases / payments

Markets

Transactions

Products

 

Identities: Physical Wellbeing / Food & Drink

Fitness and good health

Parts of the body

Illnesses

Addiction

Lifestyle

Remedies / medicines

Health and diet

 

Identities: Personal Relationships

Human Ingenuity: Media & Technology

Friends, community and family

Internet and social media

Relationships among online users

 

 

Text types:

Interview

E-mail
Questionnaire

Survey

Website

Presentation

 

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)

 

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

 

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

 

Researching unfamiliar cultures and systems, and presenting findings (Spanish 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)

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

 

 

 

IB2 – IB Spanish Ab initio – Panorama

Main Vocabulary Themes

 

Social Organisation: Workplace

Places of work

Professional Language

Applying for jobs

 

Human Ingenuity: Technology, Entertainment & Media

Everyday technology

TV & Radio

The Internet

Film types, reviews & ratings

 

Text types:

Review

Interview

Chat

 

How we share the planet: Environment & Global Issues

Social Organisation: Social Issues

Environmental Challenges

Technology and the Environment

Global Issues & Solutions

Social Issues & Solutions

 

Revision of all topics

 

Use of Past Papers for revision

 

Text types:

Speech

Report

Proposal

Examination takes place in May

Main Assessment

Mock Examinations:

Listening, Reading Writing Full Papers

Full individual oral

Past paper practice

Listening, Reading Writing Full Papers

 Examination in May

 

Skills

 

 

Evaluating and presenting critical opinions (Film reviews)

Reflecting upon personal skills and attributes for the future (Workplace)

 

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

 

 

Comprehend and apply different revision strategies to all skills

 

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