IB French B 11 and IB French B SL 12

Course Outline

The main focus of the IB French B course is on language acquisition, and the development of skill. It is designed for students with some previous experience in the French language. The French Language B gives students the opportunity to reach a high degree of competence in French as well as to explore the French cultures throughout the world.

Teachers organize their French IB syllabus around five themes: identity, experiences, human ingenuity, social organization, and sharing the planet. IBO has the expectation that students will develop receptive, productive and interactive skills and gain insight into the French culture through the exploration of these three concepts.

French Language B has a communicative approach to teaching. This in turn implies that all teaching will be carried out in French. It is also essential that students in this course are exposed to a very wide variety of texts from a variety of sources, including audio and audiovisual material. French Language B teachers will use four types of text, which students need to be familiar with: informative texts, literacy texts, mass communications texts (e.g., advertisements, brochures, and journalistic texts). Much of this material will be chosen to bring insight into the French cultures throughout the world. There will be an emphasis in class and in outside assignments on composition, essay writing, vocabulary, reading, and conversational skills.

The final grade comprises an external component of 75 percent and an internal component of 25 percent. The internal component (25 percent) is based on a recorded individual oral assessment of a visual stimuli and follow up discussion between teacher and student. The external component (75

 percent) is a final examination made up of one paper (25 percent) which requires a written response of up to 400 words, from a choice of texts provided, and a second paper (50 percent) which assesses listening and reading comprehension from 3 audio passages and 3 written passages.

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