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INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE ORGANIZATION

DIPLOMA PROGRAMME Language A1
For first examinations in 2001

Language A1 April 1999

Copyright © 1999 International Baccalaureate International Baccalaureate Organisation Route des Morillons 15 1218 Grand-Saconnex Geneva, SWITZERLAND

CONTENTS
Page INTRODUCTION GROUP 1 NATURE OF THE SUBJECT AIMS OBJECTIVES SYLLABUS OUTLINE SYLLABUS DETAILS ASSESSMENT OUTLINE ASSESSMENT DETAILS ASSESSMENT CRITERIA: GENERAL ASSESSMENT CRITERIA HL ASSESSMENT CRITERIA SL 1 3 4 5 6 8 14 20 26 41 43 61

IB Language A1, April 1999

INTRODUCTION
The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is a rigorous pre-university course of studies, leading to examinations, that meets the needs of highly motivated secondary school students between the ages of 16 and 19 years. Designed as a comprehensive two-year curriculum that allows its graduates to fulfil requirements of various national education systems, the Diploma model is based on the pattern of no single country but incorporates the best elements of many. The programme is available in English, French and Spanish. The curriculum is displayed in the shape of a hexagon with six academic areas surrounding the core. Subjects are studied concurrently and students are exposed to the two great traditions of learning: the humanities and the sciences.

Language A1 (Group 1)

Language A2, B, ab initio (Group 2) Extended Essay Theory of Knowledge Creativity, Action, Service Experimental Sciences (Group 4)

Individuals and Societies (Group 3)

Mathematics (Group 5)

Arts and Electives (Group 6)

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IB Language A1, April 1999

INTRODUCTION

Diploma students are required to select one subject from each of the six subject groups. At least three and not more than four are taken at Higher Level (HL), the others at Standard Level (SL). HL courses represent 240 teaching hours; SL courses cover 150 hours. By arranging work in this fashion, students are able to explore some subjects in depth and some more broadly over the two-year period; this is a deliberate compromise between the early specialization preferred in some national systems and the breadth found in others. Distribution requirements ensure that the science-orientated student is challenged to learn a foreign language and that the natural linguist becomes familiar with laboratory procedures. While overall balance is maintained, flexibility in choosing Higher Level concentrations allows the student to pursue areas of personal interest and to meet special requirements for university entrance. Successful Diploma candidates meet three requirements in addition to the six subjects. The interdisciplinary Theory of Knowledge (TOK) course is designed to develop a coherent approach to learning which transcends and unifies the academic areas and encourages appreciation of other cultural perspectives. The Extended Essay of some 4000 words offers the opportunity to investigate a topic of special interest and acquaints candidates with the independent research and writing skills expected at university. Participation in the school’s Creativity, Action, Service (CAS) programme encourages candidates to be involved in artistic pursuits, sports, and community service work.

For first examinations in 2001

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IB Language A1, April 1999

GROUP 1
To fulfil the requirements for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, all students must study a Group 1 subject, that is, a Language A1. The Language A1 programme is a literature course studied in the ‘first language’ of the student or the language in which the student is most competent. This will normally be the language of the environment to which the student has been exposed from an early age or for an extended period. (Related terms are ‘mother tongue’, ‘native language’, and ‘home language’.) Over eighty different Languages A1 have been offered for examination through the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) policy of mother tongue...
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