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
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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.