Modern Languages

Grade 9 (MYP)

All grade 9 courses are 1 credit.
Japanese Foreign Level – Beginners/Intermediate Grade 9

The four language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) will be developed around the main themes of everyday activities and personal and social life. Students will learn to write informative passages about a familiar theme and read and write Hiragana, Katakana, and an extensive amount of Kanji. Students will participate in simple group discussions related to social and teenage life and share their thoughts in writing. The four language skills will be assessed through a variety of tasks using specific rubrics.


Japanese Foreign Level – Advanced Grade 9

This course is designed for students who show a high level of competence in Japanese. The four language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) will be developed around the main themes of everyday activities, personal and social life, and the international world. This course is meant to allow students to use the language with increasing proficiency, including the use of an extensive range of Kanji. Students learn to use the spoken and written language effectively for purposes of practical communication in oral presentations and in writing. The four language skills will be assessed through a variety of tasks using specific rubrics.


Spanish as a Foreign Language Grade 9 (beginners, beginners/intermediate)

The four language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) will be developed around the main themes of everyday activities and personal and social life. By the end of the course students should be able to express themselves in simple sentences about a familiar theme, engage in short conversations around a range of familiar themes, and write short informative passages. The four language skills will be assessed through a variety of tasks using specific rubrics. Students who enroll in this course and continue in grade 10 will be able to take Spanish B or the Spanish Ab Initio course in grade 11.


French, Spanish as a Foreign Language Grade 9

Prerequisite: 2-3 years previous study

The four language skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing) will be developed around the main themes of everyday activities, personal and social life, and the international world. This course is meant to extend students’ knowledge of past and future tenses, allowing them to use the language with increasing proficiency. Students learn to use the spoken and written language effectively for purposes of practical communication in oral presentations and in writing. The four language skills will be assessed through a variety of tasks using specific rubrics.


Japanese Native Level Grade 9

The objective of this course is to provide students with the linguistic skills necessary to read and understand a wide range of materials covering literature, culture, society and issues pertaining to people and their environment. Themes include the following: reading newspapers and expressing opinions about social issues; learning idiomatic phrases including proverbs, adages and sayings; four-kanji compound words, grammar, and honorific forms; and writing opinions on social issues. Emphasis is placed upon reading and writing. Assessment will be made through a variety of tasks using specific rubrics.

Grade 10 (MYP)

All grade 10 courses are 1 credit.
Japanese Foreign Level –Beginners/Intermediate Grade 10

The four language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) will be developed around the main themes of everyday activities and personal and social life. The students will learn to write informative passages about a familiar theme and read and write Hiragana, Katakana and an extensive amount of Kanji. Students will participate in simple group discussions related to social and teenage life and share their thoughts in writing. The four language skills will be assessed through a variety of tasks using specific rubrics.


Japanese Foreign Level – Advanced Grade 10

This course is designed for students who show a high level of competence in Japanese. The four language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) will be developed around the main themes of everyday activities, personal and social life, and the international world. This course is meant to allow students to use the language with increasing proficiency, including the use of an extensive range of Kanji. The students learn to use the spoken and written language effectively for purposes of practical communication in oral presentations and in writing. The four language skills will be assessed through a variety of tasks using specific rubrics.


Spanish as a Foreign Language Grade 10 (beginners, beginners/intermediate)

The four language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) will be developed around the main themes of everyday activities and personal and social life. By the end of the course students should be able to express themselves in simple sentences about a familiar theme, engage in short conversations around a range of familiar themes, and write short informative passages. The four language skills will be assessed through a variety of tasks using specific rubrics. Students who enroll in this course will be able to take the online Ab Initio Spanish course in grade 11.


French, Spanish as a Foreign Language Grade 10

Prerequisite: 3-4 years previous study

The four language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) will be developed around the main themes of everyday activities, personal and social life and the world around us. This course is meant to consolidate and extend the students’ knowledge of past and future tenses, allowing them to use the language with increasing proficiency. By the end of the course the students should be able to use the spoken and written language effectively for purposes of practical communication in oral presentations and in writing, and they will have developed the four language skills. The four language skills will be assessed through a variety of tasks using specific rubrics.


Japanese Native Level Grade 10

The objective of this course is to provide students with the linguistic skills necessary to read and understand a wide range of materials covering literature, culture, society, and issues pertaining to man and environment. Themes include the following: reading newspapers and expressing opinions about social issues; learning idiomatic phrases including proverbs, adages and sayings; four-kanji compound words, grammar, and honorific forms; and writing opinions on social issues. At the end of the course students will have developed the ability to analyze longer and more difficult texts as well as the skills to communicate more complex ideas. Emphasis is placed upon reading and writing. Assessment will be made through a variety of tasks using specific rubrics.

Grades 11 & 12 (DP)

All DP modern languages courses are two-year courses earning 2 credits. See also online DP course offerings.


Japanese Ab Initio (SL only)

This course is a language learning course for beginners, designed to be followed over two years by students who have little or no previous experience of learning the target language. The main focus of the course is on the acquisition of language required for purposes and situations usual in everyday social interaction. The course aims to develop the four language skills and a basic awareness of the culture through the study of the core syllabus. The syllabus contains the following themes: individuals and society, leisure and work, urban and rural environment. At the end of the course students will have developed an ability to communicate effectively in a limited range of situations.


Language B: French, Spanish, German, Japanese (HL and SL)

Mostly available at both higher and standard levels, the Language B courses occupy the middle ground of the group 2 modern languages spectrum and are language-learning courses for students with some previous experience of learning the target language. The main focus of these courses is on language acquisition and the development of skills considerably beyond those expected of an ab initio candidate, up to a fairly sophisticated degree at higher level. Language B courses give students the opportunity to reach a high degree of competence in a language and explore the culture(s) using the language. The courses provide an integrated study of grammar, literature and cultural aspects. At the end of these courses students will have developed an ability to communicate clearly and effectively in a range of situations. Students in the higher level courses will demonstrate the ability to communicate more complex ideas and the ability to analyze longer and more difficult texts. They will also engage in an in-depth study of a few literary texts.


Language A: Japanese, German Language and Literature (HL and SL)

Language A: Language and Literature is a course focusing on developing an understanding of the constructed nature of meanings generated by language. Two parts of the course relate to the study of language and two to the study of literature. This course is designed for students with a very high level of proficiency in the target language. The Language A courses (SL and HL) focus on refining students’ language skills through analysis of literary texts and articles related to cultural topics. Students will learn to recognize and analyze aspects of style and register and to incorporate these aspects in their own writing. The students will need to use the target language accurately and show a high level of proficiency.

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