DP English B HL
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II COURSE DESCRIPTION
English Language B is an additional language-learning course designed for students with previous learning of English. The main focus of the course is on language acquisition and development of language skills through the study and use of a range of written and spoken material.
III ACADEMIC / CURRICULUM AIMS
As described by the IB Subject Guide, the aims of Diploma Programme English B course at the higher level are:
- Develop international-mindedness through the study of languages, cultures, and ideas and issues of global significance.
- Enable students to communicate in 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 a variety of perspectives of people from diverse cultures.
- Develop students’ understanding of the relationship between the languages and cultures with which they are familiar.
- Develop students’ awareness of the importance of language in relation to other areas of knowledge.
- Provide students, through language learning and the process of inquiry, with opportunities for intellectual engagement and the development of critical- and creative-thinking skills.
- Provide students with a basis for further study, work and leisure through the use of an additional language.
- Foster curiosity, creativity and a lifelong enjoyment of language learning.
At the end of English B course the students are expected to demonstrate ability to:
- Communicate clearly and effectively in a range of contexts and for a variety of purposes.
- Understand and use language appropriate to a range of interpersonal and/or intercultural contexts and audiences.
- Understand and use language to express and respond to a range of ideas with fluency and accuracy.
- Identify, organize and present ideas on a range of topics.
- Understand, analyze and reflect upon a range of written, audio, visual and audio-visual texts.
IV COURSE DESCRIPTION AND CONTENT
As the IB Language B Guide (2018:17) states: In English B course, students develop the 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. Communication is evidenced through receptive, productive and interactive skills across a range of contexts and purposes that are appropriate to the level of the course.
The syllabus consists of five prescribed themes that provide relevant contexts and opportunities for students to communicate about matters of personal, local or national, and global interest. The five themes are:
- human ingenuity
- social organization
- sharing the planet.
The themes allow students to compare the target language and cultures to other languages and cultures to which they are familiar. They also provide opportunities for students to make connections to other DP disciplines.
The themes will be explored through written, visual, audio and audio-visual texts organized into the following categories: personal, professional and mass media texts. Some of the text types will be: blog, email, essay, formal letter, proposal, questionnaire, report, etc.
Students are expected to:
- Be on time for class and come prepared
- Take an active part in the lesson
- Be helpful to others;
- Respect the teacher, classmates, their opinions and others’ property
- Do assignments, homework on time and thoroughly.
It is essential that papers and other assignments be completed and submitted on time. A 10% per day penalty (weekends count as 2 days) will be applied to LATE assignments.
- Students will be evaluated based on their performances on tests, debates, oral presentations, discussions and reading and writing assignments.
- There will be teacher-based and some peer and self-evaluation throughout the course.
- The assignments will be marked following the IB DP rubrics.
You will be awarded a grade based on the DP scale of 1 to 7 (4 is a passing grade).
Grades will be calculated mathematically based on raw scores. The quarter grade will be mathematically calculated and rounded to the nearest whole number in order to provide an overall grade of 1 to 7.
Elements of the Final Exam: High level
External assessment (3 hours 30 minutes):
Paper 1 (1 hour 30 minutes)
Productive skills—writing (30 marks)
One writing task of 450–600 words from a choice of three, each from a different theme, choosing a text type from among those listed in the examination instructions.
Paper 2 (2 hours)
Receptive skills—separate sections for listening and reading (65 marks) Listening comprehension (1 hour) (25 marks)
Reading comprehension (1 hour) (40 marks)
Comprehension exercises on three audio passages and three written texts, drawn from all five themes.
Individual oral assessment (internally assessed by the teacher and externally moderated by the IB)
A conversation with the teacher, based on an extract from one of the literary works studied in class, followed by discussion based on one or more of the themes from the syllabus. (30 marks).
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