Language ab initio (SL)

The language ab initio course is a language acquisition course for students with little or no experience of the language.

The course is organized into three themes: individual and society, leisure and work, and urban and rural environment. Each theme comprises a list of topics that provide students with opportunities to practice and explore the language and to develop intercultural understanding.

Through the development of receptive, productive and interactive skills, students develop the ability to respond and interact appropriately in a defined range of everyday situations. 

Key features of the curriculum and assessment models

  • Only available at standard level (SL)
  • The minimum prescribed number of hours is 150
  • Interactive, productive and receptive skills are developed through contextualized study of language, texts and themes
  • Intercultural understanding is a key goal of the course
  • Students are exposed to a variety of authentic texts and they produce work in a variety of communicative contexts
  • Students are assessed both externally and internally
  • External assessment consists of exercises to demonstrate understanding of authentic print texts (receptive skills), two short writing exercises (productive skills), and a written assignment (integrating receptive and productive skills)
  • Internal assessment tests students’ abilities in listening and speaking in a genuine conversation format (integrating receptive, productive and interactive skills). Internal assessment consists of a presentation and follow-up questions based on a visual stimulus, and a general conversation with the teacher based in part on the written assignment

Read about group 3: individuals and societies