NOTE: IB World Language (Language B) is designed as a language acquisition course. The IBO states that the “…Language B course should be a challenging educational experience for the student, offering not only the opportunity to learn an additional language, but also the means of learning, appreciating, and effectively interacting in a culture different from the student’s own.”

Fees: Purchase of workbooks and/or novels (approximately $50); IB Exam Fee as appropriate

Learning Recommendations: Students must have a strong grasp of all simple and complex tenses including an advanced understanding of the subjunctive. Certificate and Diploma candidates who wish to sit for the HL exam must have taken FOR670 - IB Spanish SL.

General Description: IB Spanish HL is a continuation of IB Spanish SL in which students have the option of taking either the Standard Level exam or the Higher Level exam in May. The curriculum is the same as the IB Spanish SL course, with higher standards set for the IB Spanish HL students. Thematic units alternate every other year to accommodate IB Spanish 2 students who are in combined classes of IB Spanish SL and IB Spanish HL students. It is expected that students will be able to utilize conversational Spanish to function in the class without the use of English.

Content: This course follows the guidelines of the IB curriculum for students who speak Spanish as a second language. Themes include:

  • Communication and media
  • Global questions
  • Social relationships
  • Science and Technology
  • Health
  • Cultural diversity
  • Pastimes

Strategies: Students will learn through a combination of:

  • Thematic units covering culture, literature and current events
  • Discussion and analysis of literature, media sources, art, and film
  • Essays
  • Live and taped oral presentations
  • Instruction and students' participation exclusively in Spanish

Equipment to be provided by Student: Novels and/or workbooks (approximately $50). If there is a concern about the fee, please see your counselor.