Group 2 (Language B)


Courses offered:
English B (SL, HL)
French B (SL, HL)
Spanish B (SL, HL)

Group 2 consists of a range of language courses accommodating the different levels of linguistic proficiency that students have already gained when they begin. There is a single set of group 2 aims, common to all the courses, but the objectives are differentiated according to what the candidates are expected to be able to demonstrate at the end of each course.

The aims of Group 2 Language B are to
develop students' intercultural understanding
enable students to understand and use the language they have studied in a range of contexts and for a variety of purposes
encourage, through the study of texts and through social interaction, an awareness and appreciation of the different perspectives of people from other cultures
develop students' awareness of the role of language in relation to other areas of knowledge
develop students' awareness of the relationship between the languages and cultures with which they are familiar
provide students with a basis for further study, work and leisure through the use of an additional language
provide the opportunity for enjoyment, creativity and intellectual stimulation through knowledge of an additional language.

English B (SL, HL), French B (SL, HL), Spanish B (SL, HL)

Language B is a Foreign Language learning course designed for students with some previous experience of the language. The main focus of the course is on language acquisition and development of the four primary Language Skills: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. These Language Skills are developed through the study and use of a range of written and spoken material, as well as by audio-visual stimuli. Such material will extend from everyday oral exchanges to literary texts. It will oftentimes relate to the culture(s) concerned. The material is chosen in order to enable students to develop mastery of the previously mentioned Language Skills and to make the language a communicative and analytical tool in a wide variety of contexts. It is not intended solely for the study of specific subject matter or content but rather as an efficient communicative tool.

Although the nature of the Language B course is the same for both Higher Level (HL) and Standard Level (SL), the two levels differ in the depth and breadth of the language used.

The content of the syllabus is as follows:

The core of the course - with topics common to both levels - is divided into three areas and is a required area of study.
Communication and media
Global issues
Social relationships

In addition, at both SL and HL, teachers select two from the following five options.
Cultural diversity
Customs and traditions
Science and technology

Also, at HL, students read 2 works of literature
In the context of the IB Diploma Language B Course and by extension in the context of Language usage, the successful use of a language typically consists of demonstrating competence in three distinct but interrelated areas:
Message: Understanding ideas and how they are organized in order to communicate them appropriately.
Cultural Interaction: Selecting language appropriate to a particular cultural and social context
Language: Grammar, Syntax, et cetera

These three areas form the thread that runs through the entire course and that leads students, through the description of the language skills to be acquired, to the assessment criteria.

During the course of study and through the development of all Language Skills, students are encouraged to develop confidence in the use of the language, sensitivity to the audience and an ability to communicate their ideas both effectively and accurately.

English B, French B, & Spanish B (HL, SL) / Assessment Outline
HL SL % of Final Grade
Individual Oral Individual Oral 20
Interactive Oral Interactive Oral 10
Paper 1 Receptive Skills Paper 1 Text Handling 25
Paper 2 Written Production Paper 2 Written Production 25
Written Assignment:
Receptive and Productive Skills
Written Assignment:
Receptive and Productive Skills