IB Mandarin Ab Initio year I is the first of two beginners courses of Spanish for the Diploma Program. Ab Initio courses are one of several choices students have to fulfill their foreign language requirements for the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. Mandarin Ab Initio year I aims to provide students with the necessary tools to interact socially in Mandarin in daily situations.
During the first year, students learn how to perform a number of tasks, such as introducing themselves; asking for directions; talking about themselves, friends, or family; describing likes and dislikes; ordering food in a restaurant; give orders or advise; make plans for the future, etc. Mandarin Ab Initio year I covers most basic elements of Spanish grammar and conversation.
Mandarin Ab Initio year II is the second part of a beginners’ course of French of the total duration of two years. Ab Initio courses are one of several choices students have to fulfill their foreign language requirements for the Diploma Program. Building on the foundations laid down during the previous year, Ab Initio year II refines students’ ability to converse in the target language, read various kinds of texts (newspaper articles, brochures, interviews, etc.,) and write in a variety of styles.
During the first part of the school year, students acquire a stronger command of Mandarin grammar and conversation, and are exposed to the kind of texts they will have to work with during the IB exam. The second part of the school year focuses on the specific tasks required by the IB exams. Students practice picture description for their oral exam, hone their reading comprehension ability on texts derived from previous IB exams, and learn how to write in different styles (formal and informal letters, flyers, articles, brochures, etc.).