Fees: IB Exam Fee as appropriate

Learning Recommendations: Students should have strong study skills and expect to commit to an average of 30 minutes of homework per night. In addition, students must have a strong grasp of all simple and complex tense, including an advanced understanding of the subjunctive. Students who wish to sit for the HL exam must have taken the FO650A/B - IB French SL course.

General Description: IB French HL is a yearlong class for advanced students who want to continue learning about French grammar and francophone culture at an advanced level and prepares students for sitting for the Higher Level exam in May. Students will build on listening and reading skills and will continue their study of detailed, advanced French grammar. In IB French HL, students and teachers will be communicating exclusively in French.


  • Communication and media
  • Global questions
  • Social relationships
  • Customs and traditions
  • Cultural diversity
  • Past times
  • Health
  • Science and Technology


Students will learn through a combination of:

  • Collaborative learning opportunities
  • Communicative activities
  • Listening activities
  • Writing and presentation of dialogues, speeches, presentations, and in-class essays
  • Variety of cultural readings in the target language
  • Connections to other disciplines
  • A variety of assessments, written and oral
  • Some independent projects and/or presentations

Equipment to be provided by Student: Purchase of 1 or 2 novels (approximately $25 to $35); composition notebook. If there is a concern about the cost, please see your counselor.

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.”