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Fees: IB Exam Fee as appropriate. If there is a concern about the cost, please see the ASB bookkeeper or your counselor.

Learning Recommendations: Students who wish to sit for the HL exam must have taken FO650A/B - IB French SL in addition to this course. Students must have a strong grasp of all simple and complex tenses, including an advanced understanding of the subjunctive, as well as strong oral communication skills.

General Description: IB French HL prepares students for sitting for the Higher Level IB French exam. The curriculum is similar to the SL course, focusing on more varied themes and with significantly higher expectations than SL. Successful IB French HL students must be highly self-motivated and be able to work independently, as much of the work is self-directed. Students and teachers will be communicating exclusively in French.

Content and Themes:

  • Identities
  • Life experiences
  • Human ingenuity
  • Social organization
  • Sharing of the planet


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: Pens, pencils, white board marker, 3-ring binder, and lined paper. Purchase of one or two short novels, usually between $10 and $15. If there is a concern about the cost, please contact 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.”