GROUP 2 - LANGUAGE B (FRENCH, GERMAN, JAPANESE, MANDARIN)

 

Language B is for a language learner who has 2 – 5 years experience of the target language. Currently it is not possible to do two languages unless one is done as an anticipated subject in Year 11.

For students wishing to take two languages at GGS, advanced students may join the Year 12 class and complete one language as an Anticipated Subject at Standard Level. This means that candidates can complete the course in Year 11 and attempt the examination at the completion of that year. It must be understood that each course is a second language course and therefore, first language speakers of French, German, Japanese or Mandarin who have completed 12 months in a school where this language is the language of instruction, will not be eligible to enrol.

Standard Level and Higher Level

The main focus of the course is on language acquisition and development in the four primary language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. The balance between these four language skills will be appropriate to the needs of the students.

- Language B Higher Level is for a language learner who has approximately 4 to 5 years experience of the language;
- is not taught other subjects in the target language
- and is normally taught in places other than where the language is spoken

Note: It is not possible to study an ab initio language at Higher Level. 
         An Anticipated Subject can only be studied to Standard Level.

Language B Course Aims
The programme aims to:
- 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.

By the end of the course, students are expected to demonstrate competence in three distinct but interrelated areas:
- Language
- Message
- Conceptual Understandings

Students are expected to demonstrate an ability to:
(extra expectations for Higher Level students are given in bold type)
- 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 a wide range of vocabulary in common usage.
- 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, analyse and reflect upon a range of written, audio, visual and audio-visual texts.

The audio and written texts are more complex at Higher Level.
At Higher Level, two literary texts will also be studied.

The four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing are equally developed through the five course themes: Identities, Experiences, Human Ingenuity, Social Organization and Sharing the Planet.

To supplement the course, students have access to a range of worksheets, authentic newspapers and magazines, films, television programmes, songs, poetry and prose, letters and diagrams in the target language. Information technology is integrated into the course.

Students also have regular access to our native language assistants to develop their oral skills. Students are withdrawn both for small group work and individual support. Extra oral classes with the assistants form an integral part of the senior courses.

Mandarin–Students may use the traditional form in writing but must be able to read the simplified writing in class.

FRENCH, GERMAN AND JAPANESE AND MANDARIN

Internal Assessment (25%)
Internally assessed by the teacher and externally moderated by the IB.

Individual Oral (12-15 minutes) (25%)
SL: 15 minutes’ preparation of a visual stimulus relating to one of the five themes, a 3-4 minute presentation, a 3-4 minute follow-up discussion with the teacher and a 4-5 minute general discussion which addresses at least one additional theme.
HL: 20 minutes’ preparation of an extract of up to 300 words (600 Japanese characters) (360 Hanzi) from the two literary texts studied, a 3-4 minute presentation, a 3-4 minute follow-up discussion with the teacher and a 5-6 minute general discussion which addresses at least one of the five themes.

External Examinations: Written Component (75%) 

Paper 1: Productive Skills (Writing) (SL 75 minutes, HL 90 minutes) (25%)
One writing task from a choice of three, choosing a text type appropriate to the task from those listed in the instructions.
Word count: SL 250-400 (French and German) or 500-800 (Japanese) words or 300-480 Hanzi
HL 450-600 (French and German) or 600-600 (Japanese) words or 540-720 Hanzi

Paper 2: Receptive Skills (SL 1 hour 45 minutes, HL 2 hours) (50%)
a)   Listening (25%) (SL 45 minutes, HL 1 hour)
Comprehension questions based on three audio texts drawn from the five themes.
b)   Reading (25%) (1 hour both levels)
Comprehension texts based on three written texts drawn from the five themes.

FRENCH PATHWAY AT GGS

French
Year 11 and 12 - VCE

French
Year 10

French
Timbertop - Year 9

French
Middle School - Years 7 to 8


 

GERMAN PATHWAY AT GGS

German
Year 11 and 12 - VCE

German
Year 10

German
Timbertop - Year 9

 

JAPANESE PATHWAY AT GGS

Japanese Second Language
Year 11 and 12 - VCE

Japanese
Year 10

Japanese
Timbertop - Year 9

Japanese
Middle School - Years 7 to 8

 

CHINESE (MANDARIN) PATHWAY AT GGS

Chinese
Year 11 and 12 - VCE (SL, SLA and CLCS)

Chinese (Mandarin)
Timbertop - Year 9

Chinese (Mandarin)
Middle School - Years 5 to 8