French Language Requirements in the IB Diploma
The IB Diploma Program requires students to take a second language as one of their 6 courses. Second language learning is good for the brain. It helps students understand another culture and world view through language, and it helps to further develop students’ overall language and communication skills. At French Academy, we offer IB French to satisfy the IB second language requirement.
For students who have taken French as a Second Language throughout elementary, middle and secondary school, IB French (Standard Level) would be the appropriate French course to take. French 9 and French 10 (or the equivalent) are mandatory prerequisites for this course with a mark of A or B.
For French Immersion students that have been in French Immersion through to the end of grade 10, IB French (Higher Level) would be the appropriate IB French course to take. IB French (Higher Level) spans grade 11 and 12 and enables French Immersion students to continue developing their French Language skills while also studying French works of Literature. It is recommended that students have received a B or higher in Francais Langue 9 and 10 as a prerequisite for IB French (Higher Level).
FSL students that are strong in French and are prepared for a challenge can also apply for IB French (Higher Level).
Students without a background in either FSL or French Immersion will have to take French Ab Initio (Standard Level).
The curriculum is organized around five prescribed themes with which the students engage though written, audio, visual and audio-visual texts. Students develop into successful, effective communicators by considering the conceptual understandings of context, audience, purpose, meaning and variation. Communication is evidenced through receptive, productive and interactive skills.
The language acquisition assessment objectives are common to both language ab initio and language B.
• Communicate clearly and effectively in a range of contexts and for a variety of purposes.
• Understand and use language appropriate to a range of interpersonal and/or intercultural contexts and audiences.
• Understand and use language to express and respond to a range of ideas with fluency and accuracy.
• Identify, organize and present ideas on a range of topics.
• Understand, analyze and reflect upon a range of written, audio, visual and audio-visual texts.
The assessment outlines for language B SL and HL are identical; it is the nature of the assessment that differs and this is what distinguishes SL assessments from those of HL.
For language B HL paper 1, the tasks set will require more complex language and structures and demand higher-order thinking skills.
Additionally for HL, a higher word range has been provided in order to accommodate the more complex responses required.
For the individual oral internal assessment, the stimulus at language B SL is a visual image that is clearly relevant to one (or more) of the themes of the course. The stimulus at language B HL is an excerpt from one of the two literary works studied.
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