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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: Successful completion of FO167A/B – Mandarin Chinese 3 or equivalent. 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 and a strong grasp of Chinese characters.

General Description: IB Mandarin Chinese SL will prepare the student to communicate competently in the skill areas of reading, writing, speaking, and listening. The IB student is mature, self-motivated, linguistically competent, and studious. In IB Mandarin Chinese SL, students and teachers will be communicating almost exclusively in Chinese and the IB level students will be able to utilize conversational Chinese to function in the class without the use of English. Students in their first year (SL) of IB Mandarin Chinese have the option of sitting for the Standard Level exam in May, though sitting for IB exams or being an IB diploma student is not a course requirement. Though this course prepares students for success in the IB exams, any student who wishes to develop their Mandarin language skills at an advanced level is encouraged to enroll.

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

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


Students will learn through a combination of:

  • Thematic units covering culture, literature and current events
  • Essays
  • Live and taped oral presentations
  • Discussion and analysis of literature, media sources, art, and film
  • Interviews
  • Debates

Equipment to be provided by Student: Composition notebook and Chinese/English dictionary or electronic dictionary

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.”


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