The IB French course gives students the opportunity to reach a high degree of competence, to develop the ability to communicate in the target language, to explore the French culture and to facilitate international mindedness.
Studying IB French gives students the edge in the job market and enhances many skills that employers look for: an analytical mind; good thought process; amazing memory capacity; fantastic cultural and intercultural awareness; good communication; great team player.
Also, IB French combines well with almost any subject for further study.
The course is organised into five prescribed themes: Identities, Experiences, Human Ingenuity, Social Organisation and Sharing the Planet.
The aims of the course are to:
• develop students’ intercultural understanding
• enable students to understand and use the language they have studied in a range of contexts and for a variety of purposes
• encourage, through the study of texts and social interaction, an awareness and appreciation of the different perspectives of people from other cultures
• develop students’ awareness of the role of language in relation to other areas of knowledge
• develop students’ awareness of the relationship between the languages and cultures with which they are familiar
• provide students with a basis for further study, work and leisure through the use of an additional language
• provide the opportunity for enjoyment, creativity and intellectual stimulation through knowledge of an additional language.
How delivered: Available at standard (SL) and higher level (HL).
The recommended teaching time to complete the course is 150 hours for SL and 240 hours for HL
Knowledge of vocabulary and grammar (the what of language) is reinforced and extended by understanding audience, context, purpose, meaning and variation (the why and how of language)
The development of international-mindedness is one of the key aims of the course
Students are exposed to a variety of authentic text types in relation to the prescribed themes and related course content. Students describe situations, narrate events, make comparisons, explain problems, and state and support their personal opinions on a variety of topics relating to course content. Also, students produce a wide variety of oral and written texts for audiences, contexts and purposes associated with academic and personal interests
At HL, students are required to study two literary works originally written in the target language, and are expected to extend the range and complexity of the language they use and understand in order to communicate
Students are assessed both externally and internally. Students will be assessed on their ability to:
- communicate clearly and effectively in a range of situations, demonstrating linguistic competence and intercultural under- standing
- 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
- organise 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.
External assessment consists of
- Paper 1: productive skills— a written response to a task
- Paper 2: receptive skills—with separate sections for listening (demonstrating understanding of three audio passages) and reading (demonstrating understanding of three written passages)
At SL, will consist of an individual oral assessment—productive and interactive skills (a presentation by the student and a follow-up discussion based on a visual stimulus linked to one of the prescribed themes of the course, and a general conversation with the teacher based on at least one additional theme of the course)
At HL, will consist of an individual oral assessment—productive and interactive skills (a presentation by the student and a follow-up discussion based on an extract from one of the literary works studied during the course, and a general conversation with the teacher using one or more of the five prescribed themes of the course as a starting point)
General Entry Requirement for The Skinners’ Kent Academy Sixth Form
Minimum of GCSE grade 4 (G4) in English and Mathematics plus 3 other GCSEs at grades 9-4
Subject specific minimum entry requirements are:
French IB at least a G6