• German
     
    IB MODERN LANGUAGE B
    The study of modern language entails acquiring a language system and applying it in four active and interrelated ways: through listening, speaking, reading and writing. These four skills involve exchanging ideas and effective communication. Effective communication, in turn, involves the intellectual process of understanding how ideas can best be expressed to the audience concerned. Understanding ideas, and expressing them clearly and convincingly, demands an awareness of the cultural characteristics of the audience.
     
    IB Language B Standard Level (Grades 11 & 12)
    The focus of the SL course is language acquisition and intercultural understanding. The syllabus covers the three core topics (Communication and Media; Global Issues; Social Relationships), as well as two of the five options (Cultural Diversity; Customs and Traditions; Health; Leisure; Science and Technology). By the end of the course, students are expected to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:
    Receptive skills
    • Understand straightforward recorded or spoken information on the topics studied.
    • Understand authentic written texts related to the topics studied and that use mostly everyday language.
    Productive skills
    • Communicate orally in order to explain a point of view on a designated topic.
    • Describe with some detail and accuracy experiences, events and concepts.
    • Produce texts where the use of register, style, rhetorical devices and structural elements are generally appropriate to the audience and purpose.
    Interactive skills
    • Demonstrate interaction that usually flows coherently, but with occasional limitations.
    • Engage in conversations on the topics studied, as well as related ideas.
    • Demonstrate some intercultural eng agement with the target language and culture(s).
    IB Language B Higher Level (Grades 11 & 12)
    The focus of the HL course is language acquisition and inter cultural understanding. The syllabus covers the three core topics (Communication and Media; Global Issues; Social Relationships), as well as two of the five options (Cultural Diversity; Customs and Traditions; Health; Leisure; Science and Technology) in g reat depth. Additionally, the students will study two works of literature. By the end of the course, students are expected to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:
    Receptive skills
    • Understand complex recorded or spoken information on the topics studied.
    • Appreciate literary works in the target language.
    • Understand complex authentic written texts related to the topics studied.
    Productive skills
    • Communicate orally in order to explain in detail a point of view.
    • Describe in detail and accurately experiences and events, as well as abstract ideas and concepts.
    • Produce clear texts where the use of register, style, rhetorical devices and structural elements are appropriate to the audience and purpose.
    • Produce clear and convincing arguments in support of a point of view.
    Interactive skills
    • Demonstrate interaction that flows coherently with a degree of fluency and spontaneity.
    • Engage coherently in conversations in most situations.
    • Demonstrate some intercultural engagement with the target language and culture(s).
    AB INITIO (administrative approval required)
    The three themes of the language ab initio course - individual and society; leisure and work; urban and rural environment - provide students with opportunities to practice and explore the target language, as well as to develop intercultural understanding. Through the development of receptive, productive, and interactive skills, students will be able to respond and interact appropriately in a defined range of everyday situations in the target culture. It is offered only at the SL level. This course is designed for the student who intends t o use the target language for practical purposes only. Students interested in more applicable uses of the target language such as living, working or studying in the target culture and/or have a strong foundation in the target language must take Language B Standard Level. 
    Receptive Skills
    • Understand, both aurally and in writing, simple sentences and some more complex sentences related to the three themes and related topics.
    • Understand simple authentic written texts and questions related to them in the ta rget language
    Productive Skills
    • Express information accurately, in both writing and in speech, using a range of basic vocabulary and grammatical structures.
    • Communicate orally and respond appropriately to most questions on the three prescribed themes and related topics.
    • Communicate clearly, in writing, some simple information and ideas in response to a written task
    Interactive Skills
    • Understand and respond clearly to some information and ideas within the range of the three prescribed themes and related to pics.
    • Engage in simple conversations.
    • Demonstrate some intercultural understanding by reflecting on similarities and differences between the target culture(s) and the student’s own, and by providing some appropriate examples and information.