IB Mandarin Ab Initio (Standard Level)
This is divided in three themes, which each divide into sub-topics as below:
Individual and society
- Daily routines
- Food and drink
- Personal details, appearance and character
- Physical health
Leisure and work
Urban and rural environment
- Environmental concerns
- Global issues
- Physical geography
- Towns and services
How the course is taught
Students will receive six periods of work per cycle, which are usually taught by the same teacher. Additionally, students will have a weekly oral period, either individually or in a small group. Pupils will be expected to go to every language assistant lesson and they will also need to prepare material in advance of each class.
Pupils are expected to complete all of their homework on time. There is an expectation that pupils will carry out independent learning as without doing this, owing to the accelerated nature of the course, the high grades will not be attainable. From the very beginning of the course much emphasis is placed on vocabulary acquisition, student participation, independent learning and research. This research will be necessary as preparation for formal examinations.
All students are expected to engage fully in lessons, complete homework on time, learn vocabulary and basic grammar thoroughly and attend co-curricular activities when necessary.
The IB course has a significant creative element and pupils will need to be creative thinkers and not afraid to take risks. The expectation too, is that pupils will speak the target language during lessons wherever possible. Pupils will be expected to go to every language assistant lesson and they will also need to prepare material and exercises in advance of each class.
Students are provided with introductory material to study over the summer holidays before starting the course. Students are then tested on this material within the first week of term.