Changes to syllabus for all languages from August 2011 communicate clearly and effectively in a range of situations, demonstrating linguistic competence and intercultural understanding use language appropriate to a range of interpersonal and/or cultural contexts understand and use language to express and respond to a range of ideas with accuracy and fluency organize ideas on a range of topics, in a clear, coherent and convincing manner understand, analyse and respond to a range of written and spoken texts understand and use works of literature written in the target language of study (HL only). SL= core + 2 options (5 topics in total) HL core + 2 options + 2 literary works. Core =Social Relationships;communication and media;global issues. Options = any 2 from health; customs and traditions;leisure; cultural diversity;science and technology Written assignment, interactive oral, Paper 1 from core, Individual oral,Paper 2 from options Written assigment, interactive oral, paper 1, paper 2B from core Indivdual oral, Paper 2A from options Written Assigmnent from literature texts. External assessment 70% Paper 1 (1 hour 30 minutes): Receptive skills 25% Text-handling exercises on four written texts, based on the core. Paper 2 (1 hour 30 minutes): Written productive skills 25% One writing exercise of 250–400 words from a choice of five, based on the options. Written assignment: Receptive and written productive skills 20% Intertextual reading followed by a written exercise of 300–400 words plus a 100-word rationale, based on the core. Internal assessment 30% Internally assessed by the teacher and externally moderated by the IB. Individual oral (8–10 minutes) 20% Based on the options: 15 minutes’ preparation time and a 10-minute (maximum) presentation and discussion with the teacher. Interactive oral activity 10% Based on the core: Three classroom activities assessed by the teacher. External assessment 70% Paper 1 (1 hour 30 minutes): Receptive skills 25% Text-handling exercises on five written texts, based on the core. Paper 2 (1 hour 30 minutes): Written productive skills 25% Two compulsory writing exercises. Section A: One task of 250–400 words, based on the options, to be selected from a choice of five. Section B: Response of 150–250 words to a stimulus text, based on the core. Written assignment: Receptive and written productive skills 20% Creative writing of 500–600 words plus a 150-word rationale, based on one of the literary texts studied Internal assessment 30% Internally assessed by the teacher and externally moderated by the IB. Individual oral (8–10 minutes) 20% Based on the options: 15 minutes’ preparation time and a 10-minute (maximum) presentation and discussion with the teacher. Interactive oral activity 10% Based on the core: Three classroom activities assessed by the teacher. SL – 100 word rationale HL – 150 word rationale Externally assessed Language 5 marks Format 4 marks 20% of total grade Content 10 marks Rationale 3 marks produced in class under test conditions – can run over several lessons (guideline 3 – 6 hours) students must take nothing home with them. Students provided with 3 sources on one of the optional topics ( a topic already researched and taught (in some depth) in class) write a response. Student choice of task (guided by Teacher)eg Journal Intime/Discours/Lettre etc, each student must have a different title. No help/correcting/use of computers. Up to 12 students may use the same texts, thereafter teacher must produce a second set of 3 texts. similar to SL but based on one of the works studied in class Journal intime etc – choice by student. Students allowed dictionary/copy of text (not annotated), can’t take it home. Literature: teacher’s choice, based on student interest, level of languages. It does NOT have to be a ‘classical’ piece of literature. Must be handwritten. Students may have access to a copy of syllabus (marking criteria/type of task etc.) No online dictionaries Article Blog/diary entry Brochure/leaflet Advertisement Interview News report Official report Proposal Review Correspondence Set of instructions Each text 300 – 400 words Option topics: Health; traditions; leisure; cultural diversity; science and technology Visual stimulus – choice of 2 previously unseen 15 min prep time 10 minute exam Photo needs to be good: Students need to be able to describe the scene; link it to the target culture; give a personal opinion; broaden the conversation (within the topic) Photograph with title/caption (provided by teacher) Same photo can be used 5 times Each student must have a different title/caption Student has 15 minutes to prepare, may take notes (up to 10 bullet points (30/40 words) no whole phrases Student speaks for 3 minutes, then must answer questions about the issues in the picture, followed by questions on a wider range of issues from the same topic. If student really struggling, may go onto the other topic studied. If student speaks for less than 3 minutes, start the second part of the test, but do give the student sufficient thinking time in order to respond to questions.. 8 – 10 minutes in total. Only marked for language/message Must be a photo- no cartoons/drawings etc. Both SL and HL Criterion A Productive skills: 10 Criterion B Interactive and receptive skills: 10 20% 2A from core – 400 words Paper 2B from Options 150 – 200 250 words student must choose own writing task eg genre/audience etc from a written stimulus No choice of question 90mins for both questions (v. tight for time) pretty much the same Core no written task Must do 3 one from a listening stimulus students’ best mark put forward. 10% There are changes to the mark scheme – not huge but significant. Look at the Language B spec. When designing the course, teachers are expected to keep in mind the IB learner profile and make links between TOK and the Group 2 courses. There are 14 suggested TOK questions on page 7 of the Language B Guide. Guidance for language provision in groups 1 and 2 http://occ.ibo.org/ibis/documents/dp/gr2/language_b/d_ 2_ablan_gui_0908_1_e.pdf Subject outline (first exams 2013) http://occ.ibo.org/ibis/documents/dp/gr2/language_b/d_ 2_ablan_gui-out_1102_1_e.pdf Guide (first exams 2013) http://occ.ibo.org/ibis/documents/dp/gr2/language_b/d_ 2_ablan_gui_1102_1_e.pdf List of kanji characters for Japanese B (first exams 2013) http://occ.ibo.org/ibis/documents/dp/gr2/language_b_ja panese/d_2_abjap_csp_1102_1_e.pdf It is essential that teachers are allowed the prescribed minimum number of teaching hours necessary to meet the requirements of the language B course. At SL the minimum prescribed number of hours is 150 and at HL it is 240 hours.