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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


  • 18 hours of virtual teaching sessions
  • 7 hours of continuous assessment – daily feedback, homework, internal assessment tasks, parent orientation, progress report

Date & Time for all Batches


25th, 26th, 27th, 29th and 30th July, 31st August
4:00pm –7:00pm


The course was very helpful to assess my learnings in Spanish. I learned well about the structure and syllabus of IB Spanish and the topics that will be covered in the curriculum. The oral presentations were really fun and I enjoyed presenting, even listening to Spanish songs to improve my vocabulary was a really interesting way to learn. Mr Mansur helped me to improve my confidence and his feedback was very valuable.

Marko Vucinic

American School of Bombay, Mumbai, MYP student, 2020

My confidence in spanish has greatly increased, and I am amazed at how much I have learnt. For someone with no prior experience in Spanish, this course is a great introduction to the language itself. The different ways of teaching from the instructor provided a holistic learning experience. Mr. Mansur is very friendly and receptive to your level of spanish. This allows a constructive progression in your confidence.

Yash Kothari

Dhirubhai Ambani International School (DAIS), Mumbai, ICSE, 2020

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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 months ago


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