Language Acquisition

 

Group 2 – Language Acquisition

English B
Danish B
French AB Initio (Online)
Mandarin AB Initio (Online)
Spanish B (Online)
Spanish AB Initio (Online)

English B   English Language B (SL and HL)

Course guide for Graduates in 2017

Philosophy:

This course is designed for students of English as a Second (or other) Language. It is designed to allow students to learn about the language, but also about the culture the language comes from.  Experiencing aspects of the culture is very important in creating a well-rounded understanding of the language. At both levels of the course, students will be expected to interact with and produce English in a wide variety of textual types. At the higher level, students are expected to read and understand longer works, thus two works of literature are part of the HL syllabus. Despite the fact that this course designed for second language learners, it is a challenging course, which will advance language knowledge and understanding.

Aims/Goals (re-written from the Language B course guide, pg. 9 and 10):

  • Develop intercultural understanding about English speaking cultures
  • Create an awareness and appreciation of people from other cultures’ perspectives
  • Understand the relationship between language and culture
  • Effectively and appropriately use and understand language in a range of contexts, such as for study, work and leisure in the future.
  • Understand and use the language with accuracy and fluency
  • Organize and Express ideas clearly, coherently and convincingly
  • Understand, analyse and respond to a range of written and spoken texts
  • Create an aware of the role of language in other areas of knowledge.
  • Enjoy the language.

Course outline:

Texts (HL only):

Brave New World – Huxley Iterations – Sawyer

Themes:

This course organizes learning under thematic units. At the HL level themes are reinforced by the reading of the selected texts.

The following aspects of themes will be covered – note that they are not presented here in the order they will be taught. The teacher will decide how to group the themes in each year.

Theme 1 – Social Relationships – Core topic
Taboos and what is socially acceptable Nationalism/Patriotism/fanaticism

Theme 2 – Global Issues – Core topic
Racism/Prejudice/Discrimination Climate Change

Theme 3 – Communication and Media – Core topic
Advertising Bias in media

Theme 4 – Cultural Diversity – Optional Topic
Beliefs Concepts of Beauty

Theme 5 – Science and Technology –Optional topic
Entertainment Ethics and Technology

Course expectations:

For each of the above themes, students will be given access to a variety of textual types, some of these will be print media, some audio, and some visual. The Language B course is designed to encourage learning from and access to all varieties of texts types.

Students are expected to use their English to complete tasks both orally and in writing. For each theme mentioned above, students will be assessed on both their writing and speaking. Students will be given frequent opportunities to practice their skills over the two year course.

Assessment:

Exam – Paper 1 – Text Handling Externally Assessed – 25%
Exam – Paper 2 – Written skills Externally Assessed – 25%
Written assignment Externally Assessed – 20%
Individual Oral Externally Moderated – 20%
Interactive Orals Internally Assessed – 10%
  • Exams are written in May of the second year.
  • Written assignments are based on the core themes for SL, and on the Literary texts read for HL.
  • Individual Orals are done near the end of year 2, based on an Optional topic studied
  • Interactive Oral Activities are done based on the Core topics.  These are completed in-class.

Check Managebac for all major assessment deadlines.

Danish B

Danish Language B (SL and HL)
Course guide for Graduates in 2017
Philosophy

This course is designed for students of Danish as a Second (or other) Language. It is designed to allow students to learn about the language, but also about Danish culture. Experiencing aspects of the culture is very important in creating a well-rounded understanding of the language. At both levels of the course, students will be expected to interact with and produce Danish in a wide variety of textual types. At the higher level, students are expected to read and understand longer works, thus two works of literature are part of the HL syllabus. Despite the fact that this course designed for second language learners, it is a challenging course, which will advance language knowledge and understanding. Aims/Goals (re-written from the Language B course guide, pg. 9 and 10):

  • Develop intercultural understanding about Danish speaking cultures.
  • Create an awareness and appreciation of people from other cultures’ perspectives.
  • Understand the relationship between language and culture.
  • Effectively and appropriately use and understand language in a range of contexts, such as for study, work and leisure in the future.
  • Understand and use the language with accuracy and fluency.
  • Organize and express ideas clearly, coherently and convincingly.
  • Understand, analyse and respond to a range of written and spoken texts.
  • Create an aware of the role of language in other areas of knowledge.
  • Enjoy the language.

Course outline:

Texts (HL only): Det forsømte Forår + Film – Hans Scherfig De gale – Kim Fupz Aakesson

Themes:

This course organizes learning under thematic units. At the HL level themes are reinforced by the reading of the selected texts. The following aspects of themes will be covered – note that they are not presented here in the order they will be taught. The teacher will decide how to group the themes in each year.

Theme 1 – Social Relationships – Core topic
Relationships – friendship, work, family Social Behaviours and stances Taboos and what is socially acceptable Nationalism/patriotism/fanaticism

Theme 2 – Global Issues – Core topic
International economy Migration – rural to urban, or international Poverty and famine

Theme 3 – Communication and Media – Core topic
Internet Censorship Sensationalism in media

Theme 4 – Customs and Traditions – Optional Topic
Celebrations, social and religious events The arts

Theme 5 – Cultural Diversity –Optional topic
Beliefs, values and norms Intercultural assimilation Subcultures

Course expectations:

For each of the above themes, students will be given access to a variety of textual types, some of these will be print media, some audio, and some visual. The Language B course is designed to encourage learning from and access to all varieties of texts types.

Students are expected to use their Danish to complete tasks both orally and in writing. For each theme mentioned above, students will be assessed on both their writing and speaking. Students will be given frequent opportunities to practice their skills over the two year course.

Assessment:

Exam – Paper 1 – Text Handling Externally Assessed – 25%
 Exam – Paper 2 – Written skills Externally Assessed – 25%
Written assignment Externally Assessed – 20%
Individual Oral Externally Moderated – 20%
Interactive Orals Internally Assessed – 10%

 

  • Exams are written in May of the second year.
  • Written assignments are based on the core themes for SL, and on the Literary texts read for HL.
  • Individual Orals are done near the end of year 2, based on an Optional topic studied
  • Interactive Oral Activities are done based on the Core topics. These are completed in-class.

Check Managebac for all major assessment deadlines.

 

French AB Initio (Online)

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Mandarin AB Initio (Online)

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Spanish B (Online)

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Spanish AB Initio (Online)

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