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World Languages Department

PHILOSOPHY

 

 

World Languages learning fosters the general cognitive development of our students and their appreciation of others.  It is a lifelong process that contributes to our students becoming open minded, global citizens.  World Languages learning at CAC is based on a communicative approach. Students develop speaking, writing, reading and listening skills, as well as intercultural understanding, in order to conduct effective and meaningful communication in authentic contexts evolving from practical to abstract and academic.

 

IB Language Course Criteria

 

Ab initio SL Due to the complicated nature of language exposure/experience for international students attending international schools living in multi-nationality families; requests for this course will be reviewed case by case

 

Language B SL is for a language learner who:

  • has 3 or more years experience in the target language
  • has not been in a former school in the target language

Or

  • meets or exceeds the criteria, but is already taking 3 HL subjects and will take this course as an anticipated subject (finish and sit for the exams at the end of the first year)

Enrollment is pending a placement exam administered by the CAC World Languages Department.  The instructor will make confirmation of appropriate placement within the first three weeks of the course.

 

Language B HL is for a language learner who intends to study the language at this level for a future career, or to meet a Diploma Programme requirement, and who:

  • has 3 or more years experience in the target language
  • has not been in a former school in the target language

Enrollment is pending a placement exam administered by the CAC World Languages Department.  The instructor will make confirmation of appropriate placement within the first three weeks of the course.

 

Language A SL is for a fluent language user who:

  • is a native or near-native speaker
  • is an almost bilingual student (in reading and writing)

Enrollment is pending a placement exam administered by the CAC World Languages Department.  The instructor will make confirmation of appropriate placement within the first three weeks of the course.

 

Language A HL is for a fluent language user who intends to study the language at this level for a future career or to meet a Diploma Programme requirement, and who:

  • is a native or near-native speaker wishing to study a different language as his or her Language A
  • is a bilingual student (in reading and writing)

Placement is pending a placement exam administered by the CAC World Languages Department.  The instructor will make confirmation of appropriate placement within the first three weeks of the course.

 

Self Taught Language A SL is for a fluent language user whose native language is not already taught as a Language A at CAC, and who:

 

  • is a native or near native speaker wishing to study literature in that language

  • is a bilingual student (in reading and writing)

  • is an IB Diploma candidate choosing this course as an alternative to a Language B

 

Placement is pending an interview with the IB Coordinator to discuss the qualifications and demands of the course.  See the section on the International Baccalaureate Program at CAC for further details.

 

Program of Studies 2017-18