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Course Concept

The IB Diploma Programme requires all students to take a second language as part of their Group 2 options. An ab initio language is intended for students who have no previous knowledge of the language. It can not be taken by students who have studied the language for more than 2 years.

The words “ab initio” come from the Latin, meaning “from the beginning”. It’s a phrase used by the IB to describe second language courses that teach the language from scratch.
Each day a new topic will be taught, practised and will end with the students’ oral presentation of the topic covered.

Students who take this course will have a head start for starting the new language and will be well-prepared to understand and follow the criteria used for evaluating the Internal and External Assessments they will face in their study of the language.

*Spanish B is a course that can be taken by students who have previously studied the language for 2 years or more. It can be studied at a Higher Level or Standard Level.

Personalised tutorial sessions are available on request.

Mr. George Mansur is our CourseLeap Consultant & Instructor for our Pre-IB Spanish Ab Initio course. He is fluent in Spanish and French and has taught both languages successfully to IB and IGCSE, Ab Initio and Language B (Standard and Higher levels) students at various international schools worldwide


These are the Topics prescribed by the IB for Ab Initio Spanish and French


Identities – Yourself and other people


Experiences – Daily Routine, Leisure, Festivals and Celebrations


Human Ingenuity – Transport, Entertainment


Social Organisation – Neighbourhood, Education and Work


Sharing the Planet – Climate, Physical geography

Course Details

Ideal for

Summer Before Grade 11


6 days

Total hours

25 hours

The course includes: teaching, assessments, doubt clarification, homework and progress reports for all Batches

Batches running in July – Check our Monthly calendar for course dates


“This course gave me a basic understanding as to what we will be learning in ab initio and reduced the stress of going into a class completely clueless. I am more confident now that I can have a basic conversation in Spanish. Mr. George, our instructor, was very experienced and he created a very comfortable, non judgemental learning atmosphere. He also shared some great tips on learning Spanish with ease.”

Amaan Singh

Dhirubhai Ambani International School, Mumbai, IB MYP, 2022. Pre-IB Spanish - 2022

“It helped me gain a good understanding of Spanish and gave me some confidence as I had never studied it before. The sessions were interactive and informative. The instructor, Mr. George explained the topics clearly and was always open to clearing our doubts.”

Advait Arjun Pandarath

Rajagiri Public School, Kerala, CBSE, 2022. Pre-IB Spanish - 2022

“The course helped me realise how fun learning a language could be and how a good teacher made the said language easy and enjoyable. Our instructor was incredibly helpful in solving any doubts we had and was always open to any suggestions.”

Iain Sandeep

Learners Academy, Mumbai, ICSE, 2021. Studying IBDP at Oberoi International School

“In a week I was able to understand text and answer questions, so yes, the tutorials were helpful and gave me a lot of confidence. The course gave me a booster in Spanish and I know what to expect in IB.”

Mohit Bahl

American School of Bombay, Mumbai, School based curriculum, 2021

“The sessions were very diverse. At the start of every class our instructor, George would have a conversation with us in Spanish which would cover everything we did before. This course definitely made me more confident with Spanish.”

Diya Suresh

Vasant Vihar High School, Mumbai, HSC, 2021. Studying IBDP at Singapore International School

How can we help

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‘A Pre-IB Introduction to IB Core: Read, Research, Write & Reflect’ prepares students not just for the IB, but also for university and beyond. With these goals in mind, students develop skills in exploring unique ideas through self-directed research, a skill important both academically and vocationally.  Rather than reading purely for comprehension, students will learn to read critically and engage with ideas in the text. Alongside this, they will pursue a topic of interest within their studies, and research aspects of it leading to an understanding of the expectations of academic honesty and formal presentations.

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Iain Sandeep

Spanish, made fun

I had already learnt a bit of Spanish before the course and was presently surprised with the method they used to teach the language. it was very pictorial and easy to understand and made learning the language more fun and interesting. our instructor Mr George, was very helpful and patient with us and was always open to questions and feedback both within and out of class.

2 years ago


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