COURSE DESCRIPTION AND AIMS: CURRICULUM OVERVIEW: The Spanish B Language class is taught completely in Spanish except for the occasional grammar class. In this class we learn how to use the language in a variety of contexts and skills to discuss themes and topics in class.
“Spanish B Language is designed for students with some previous experience of the target language. In the language B course, students further develop their ability to communicate in the target language through the study of language, themes and texts. In doing so, they also develop conceptual understandings of how language works, as appropriate to the level of the course. [Students} describe situations, narrate events, make comparisons, explains problems, and state and support their personal opinions on a variety of topics relating to course content.” (IB Language B guide) Under the new syllabus the students are encouraged to develop in the following skills:
Receptive Skills Students understand a range of written and spoken authentic personal, professional and mass media text on topics of interest. They understand descriptions of events, feelings and wishes; they understand comparisons and recognize a straightforward, linear argument. They use context to deduce the meaning of sentences and unknown words and phrases.
Productive Skills Students write texts for a variety of purposes and make oral presentations on topics of interest. They write descriptive texts and personal correspondence; they make comparisons, narrate stories, provide detailed accounts, and express their thoughts and opinions on abstract or cultural topics.
Interactive Skills Students initiate and maintain the flow of conversations and discussions. They express and respond to opinions and feelings on a variety of topics. They use and understand clear speech on a variety of topics relating to course content and the culture(s) of the target language. Students use a variety of strategies to negotiate meaning and foster communication.
As part of the course, students should expect to see the following aspects in the class:
The core--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 • Health • Leisure • Science and technology Also, at HL, students read two works of literature The core and the options at both levels, as well as literature at HL, must be studied within the context of the culture(s) of the target language.
Interactive oral activities is based on the core: communication and media, global issues, social relationships. Three interactive activities will be carried out in the classroom during the course and assessed by the teacher. One of these must be based on a listening activity. The highest of the three marks will be submitted as the final mark for the interactive oral.
Written assignment is produced under supervised conditions in the classroom and is assessed externally. The word limit for the written assignment at SL is 300–400 words, plus a 100-word rationale, and at HL is 500–600 words, plus a 150-word rationale.
Individual Oral has supervised preparation time .The student is shown two previously unseen photographs, with a title or caption, selected by the teacher. Each photograph is related to a different option studied in class. The student chooses one of the photographs and prepares a presentation. 15 minutes Part 1: Presentation The student describes the photograph and relates it to the option and the target culture(s). 3–4 minutes Part 2: Discussion A discussion with the teacher based on the presentation follows. Discussion based on a topic from the other option studied may be introduced if that contributes to the interaction. 5–6 minutes. Following the presentation, the teacher should discuss the subject with the student. This part should last 5–6 minutes. The purpose of this activity is for students to demonstrate that they are able to speak freely and coherently, expressing ideas, opinions and reflections upon what they have learned about the target culture(s).
SEQUENCE AND ALIGNING OF THEMES AND TOPICS (Subject to change) The language B syllabus approaches the learning of language through meaning. Through the study of the core and option themes, plus two literary works , students build the necessary skills to reach the assessment objectives of the language B course through the expansion of their receptive, productive and interactive skills. (See table in next page)
Social relationships Family relations and Health issues
Global issues Environmental Issues
Communication and media Technology and work force
Leisure- Customs and traditions Vacations and Trips Exploring Culture