Course Syllabus

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BI Français Langue B - Niveau moyen (NM)

IB French Language B - Standard Level (SL)

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Bienvenue!  Welcome to the IB program!  This two year program will be challenging but very worthwhile, as it will prepare you well for college and help you grow as a learner.  You are now a part of a unique and global community.

The goal of this program is to strongly develop your skills in the language through creative, high level activities.

Reading:  We will read various texts, focusing on sample articles that the IBO provides.  We will also prepare for the different styles of questions that match the articles.

Writing:  We will write many different texts, including essays, letters, emails, journals, interviews, speeches, etc. 

Speaking:  We will practice presentational and interpersonal skills.  These might include presentations, discussions, debates, role playing, partner work, etc.

Listening:  We will develop auditory skills through speaking in class, watching videos, programs and movies, listening to CD’s, music, podcasts, etc.

The five core themes of the IB language component include:

  1. Identities (Identités)
  2. Experiences (Expériences)
  3. Human ingenuity (Ingéniosité humaine)
  4. Social organization (Organisation sociale)
  1. Sharing the planet (Partage de la planète)

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Theory of Knowledge (TOK)/Théorie de la connaissance: We will examine and reflect about the acquisition of an additional language and the concept of intercultural understanding.  For example, a possible TOK question for a Language B student is: " How does the culture that we grow up with influence the decisions that we make in our daily lives?"

Créativité/Action/Service (CAS):  As a class, we should encourage and inform one another about opportunities available to become engaged in the community.

Attendance:  IB requires an A/B Day schedule for the two years.

Grading:  Since we meet every other day, you will probably have fewer grades per marking period.  As a result, you need to do your best on every assignment.

For IB style assignments, we will use our school’s IB curve scale.  For all other assignments, I will use a points system.

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IB Assessments: 

Year 1:  There are no official IB assessments during Year One; however,  we will practice sample IB assessments throughout the year and use the IB rubrics.  Students will need to purchase a copy of the novel Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry by the end of February.

Year 2: In parentheses is the weighting of each assessment for the final IB French Language B grade.

Individual Oral (30 points) (25%): February 2023
Paper 1 – Written task (30 points) (25%): May 2023 (après-midi)
Paper 2 – Reading comprehension (40 points) (25 %): May 2023 (après-midi)
Paper 2 - Listening comprehension (25 points) (25 %): May 2023 (matin)

HomeworkHomework will be assigned most days.  While learning a foreign language, it is very important to practice the language as often as possible.  Homework is to be completed upon entry to class and will be accepted late only with an excused absence.  Homework may be graded for completeness or for accuracy.

  • Assignment is entirely done, legible and shows good effort - 100%
  • Assignment is half-finished and shows some effort - 50 %
  • Assignment is not complete, illegible and/or not finished on-time - 0

Students are responsible for any missed class work and notes during their absence.  They will have two days to complete the missing assignments and to take a quiz/test or the missing work/quiz/test will be scored as a 0.  Before or during their absence, students are strongly encouraged to inform me by e-mail.

Integrity:  Students are expected to produce their own original work.  An on-line translation agency (or similar service) may be used for translating a single word, not for translating or writing sentences and/or extensive phrases.  Work is to be done at an appropriate IB - Year 1 level.  If student work is not original, it will automatically be graded as a 0.

***When using an on-line dictionary, students are encouraged to use

Tutoring:  On Thursday afternoons until 3:40, I am available by appointment.  Please check with me in advance and inform me what you would like to review.

I am looking forward to this journey together.  Please do not hesitate to contact me via email as needed. 


Madame Jones


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