DP French B HL outline

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I Introduction

Welcome to IB French B Course in the 2019-2021 school year! Learning and teaching foreign languages has always been challenging and rewarding experience for me, and I am looking forward to working with you in the next 2 years. I have been teaching MYP French at ISB since 2005, and DP program since 2010. I obtained a Bachelor's degree in 1999, and in 2012 a Master's degree from the University of Belgrade, both in French Language and Literature. In addition to the certificate “French Literature and Civilization” issued by the French Ministry of Education, I have a lifetime certification from the University of Belgrade to teach French language.

II Course description

Language B is an additional language-learning course designed for students with some previous learning of that language. It may be studied at either SL or HL. The main focus of the course is on language acquisition and development of language skills. These language skills should be developed through the study and use of a range of written and spoken material. Such material will extend from everyday oral exchanges to literary texts (for HL), and should be related to the culture concerned. The material should be chosen to enable students to develop mastery of language skills and intercultural understanding. It should not be intended solely for the study of specific subject matter or content.

III Academic / Curriculum aims and objectives

As described by the IB Language B Guide, the aims of Diploma Programme French B course at the higher level are to:
  1. Develop international-mindedness through the study of languages, cultures, and ideas and issues of global significance.
  2. Enable students to communicate in 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 a variety of perspectives of people from diverse cultures.
  4. Develop students’ understanding of the relationship between the languages and cultures with which they are familiar.
  5. Develop students’ awareness of the importance of language in relation to other areas of knowledge.
  6. Provide students, through language learning and the process of inquiry, with opportunities for intellectual engagement and the development of critical- and creative-thinking skills.
  7. Provide students with a basis for further study, work and leisure through the use of an additional language.
  8. Foster curiosity, creativity and a lifelong enjoyment of language learning.


At the end of language B course the students are expected to demonstrate ability to:

  1. Communicate clearly and effectively in a range of contexts and for a variety of purposes.
  2. Understand and use language appropriate to a range of interpersonal and/or intercultural contexts and audiences.
  3. Understand and use language to express and respond to a range of ideas with fluency and accuracy.
  4. Identify, organize and present ideas on a range of topics.
  5. Understand, analyse and reflect upon a range of written, audio, visual and audio-visual texts.

IV Course content

As the IB Language B Guide (2018:17) states:  In the language 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.

Syllabus detail:

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:

  • identities
  • experiences
  • 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.
V Assessment
  • The students will be evaluated based on their performances on tests, quizzes, 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 rubrics.
You will be awarded a grade based on the IB 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.
It is essential that papers and other assignments be completed and submitted on time.  A 10% per day penalty will be applied to LATE assignments.
VI Elements of the Final Exam 
Assessment component
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.
Internal assessment
This component is internally assessed by the teacher and externally moderated by the IB at the end of the course.
Individual oral assessment
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)

VII Expectations
The teacher will:
  • Provide a typical monolingual environment where teaching is provided in the target language.
  • Use “authentic” materials - spoken or written, printed or electronic materials that have been produced to satisfy the needs and expectations of speakers of that language.
  • Expose students to the significant varieties of the language wherever possible, particularly in the case of languages that are spoken in ore then one country.
  • Encourage students to develop ways of coping with unfamiliar language and situation, and to develop their autonomy.
  • The student will:
  • Be present and on time to class, ready with necessary materials.
  • Take an active part in the lesson.
  • Do assignments, homework on time and thoroughly.
  • The following tips are useful:
  • Read in French as much as possible.
  • Listen to the French radio or watch TV5.
  • Speak French with your classmates.
  • Take responsibility of making up work (including tests) due to absences. Contact me or your classmates for explanations, check your mailbox for materials.
  • Missing work can affect your grade.

I look forward to working with you over the next 2 years. If you ever have any questions or concerns, please ask! The IB Diploma program is a rigorous course of study, but you can succeed if you manage your time wisely.

VIII Contact
Feel free to contact me via email (ofilcic@isb.rs) or by phoning the school (206-9999).