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THE CODRINGTON SCHOOL The International School of Barbados:

THE CODRINGTON SCHOOL The International School of Barbados Language B First Examinations 2013 Presentation by Armelle Tainsh. Based on the Diploma Programme Language B guide published in February 2011

The Diploma Program Hexagon:

The Diploma Program Hexagon

Language B Syllabus :

Language B Syllabus Language B is a language acquisition course (standard level- SL and higher level-HL)—for students with some background in the target language . While acquiring a language, students will explore the culture(s) connected to it. The focus of the course is language acquisition and intercultural understanding . The language B syllabus approaches the learning of language through meaning . The students study core and options topics and build the necessary skills ( receptive, productive and interactive skills) to reach the assessment objectives

Language B Aims :

Language B Aims The main aims are to : 1. develop students ’ intercultural understanding 2. enable students to understand and use the language they have studied in a range of contexts and for a variety of purposes 3. encourage, through the study of texts and through social interaction, an awareness and appreciation of the different perspectives of people from other cultures 4. develop students’ awareness of the role of language in relation to other areas of knowledge 5. develop students’ awareness of the relationship between the languages and cultures with which they are familiar 6. provide students with a basis for further study, work and leisure through the use of an additional language 7. provide the opportunity for enjoyment, creativity and intellectual stimulation through knowledge of an additional language .

Language B and ToK:

Language B and ToK The Language B course is a language acquisition course that seeks to enhance intercultural understanding. Theory of knowledge (TOK) is central to the Diploma Programme, and the relationship between TOK and Language B is of great importance.

Language B Syllabus Outline:

Language B Syllabus Outline



Language B SL Skills :

Language B SL Skills

Language B HL Skills :

Language B HL Skills

Assessment SL:

Assessment SL

Assessment HL:

Assessment HL

Examples of activities and assessments:

Examples of activities and assessments Class- based activities in small groups, collectively working out the answers to a number of questions on a text that students have read (or listened to) and then reporting back to the class working on a project that would require: – reading and listening in order to gather information – designing a questionnaire – interviewing native speakers of the language – reporting back to the class – writing documents, guides or letters in response to the information

What else?:

What else? 2. Out-of-class activities Wherever possible, try to practise the language with speakers of the target language, for example, through correspondence, use of email, language clubs, exchange programmes , visits to French speaking countries. In addition, for their personal development, the use of the internet and the library can help them develop their receptive skills as well as their awareness of the culture(s) of the target language: - They will need to read the press regularly in order to be aware of the issues in the countries where the language is spoken. - They will have to search for information, compare various sites on a given topic, summarize the results, present them to the class and/or write a response by email.

Speak your second language! :

Speak your second language! THE STUDENTS NEED TO: Use the language for communication Debate meaning in social interactions Learn phrases, idioms and slang: create their own data bank of favourite expressions Be exposed as much as possible: read books or magazines, watch TV series, documentaries, listen to French radios, youtube, etc in the language


Benefits of Second Language Learning From a University of Alberta study / The research conclusions in each area are as follows: Intellectual Potential Students fluent in two language score higher in both verbal and non-verbal intelligence. Students studying a second language are superior in divergent thinking tasks and in memory ability and attention span. Scholastic Achievement Second language students have higher test scores in reading, language and mathematics. Each additional year of second language training created a greater positive differential c ompared to students not receiving a second language.

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Effect on First Language Second language education significantly strengthens first language skills in areas of reading, English vocabulary, grammar and communication skills . Citizenship Students studying a second language have superior cross-cultural skills and adapt better to varying cultural contexts . Economic Potential There is an urgent requirement for qualified speakers of languages other than English in areas of science, technology, medicine and global commerce.


HOW TO SURVIVE THE LANGUAGE B FRENCH COURSE? The first year is extremely important. Regularity(revisions) and consistency (effort) Organisation (notes, etc). Exposure in and outside the classroom.

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