Ib Spanish Ab Initio Written Assignment Topics For Business

Language B Standard Level (SL) and Higher Level (HL) are language acquisition courses for students with some previous experience of learning the language. While studying the language, students also explore the culture(s) connected with it.

Higher and standard levels are differentiated by the recommended teaching hours, the depth of syllabus coverage, the required study of literature at HL, and the level of difficulty and requirements of the assessment tasks and criteria.

The range of purposes and situations for using language in the language B courses extends well beyond those for language ab initio.

The course is organized into themes. Three core themes are required: communication and media, global issues, and social relationships. In addition, at both HL and SL, teachers select two more themes from five options provided. Finally, two works of literature are studied at HL only.

Key features of the curriculum and assessment models

  • Available at standard (SL) and higher levels (HL)
  • The minimum prescribed number of hours is 150 for SL and 240 for HL
  • Interactive, productive and receptive skills are developed through contextualized study of language, texts and themes
  • Intercultural understanding and plurilingualism are key goals of the course
  • Students are exposed to a variety of authentic texts and they produce work in a variety of communicative contexts
  • Students are assessed both externally and internally
  • External assessment at SL consists of exercises to demonstrate understanding of authentic print texts based on the core themes (receptive skills), a writing exercise based on the options (productive skills), and a written assignment based on the core themes (integrating receptive and productive skills)
  • External assessment at HL consists of exercises to demonstrate understanding of authentic print texts based on the core themes (receptive skills), two writing exercises, one based on the core and the other based on the options (productive skills), and a written assignment based on one of the literary texts (integrating receptive and productive skills)
  • Internal assessment at both SL and HL tests students’ abilities in listening and speaking in a genuine conversation format (integrating receptive, productive and interactive skills). Internal assessment consists of an individual oral based on the options (presentation and discussion with the teacher), and an interactive oral based on the core (three classroom activities assessed by the teacher)

Read about group 3: individuals and societies

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Clarification for 2017:
This is the official document from the IB [Subject component upload requirements] where you can find the answers to your questions. Confirmed, you do not have to submit any comments for the written assignment. It is externally assessed.
What is it?
It is an independent research written paper based on the prescribed topics divided into three sections:

This paper should be use as an instrument to know better the target culture and the student's own culture. One of the most important outcomes is to show intercultural understanding. Check out the rubric to familiarize yourself with the requirements.

There is no need to fill out the old cover sheet for the written assignment since 2015. It isn't required by the IBO anymore.

Objectives:


  • To develop intercultural understanding by reflecting on differences and similarities between cultures

  • To describe aspects of the target language culture(s)

  • To compare aspects of the target language culture(s) with similar aspects in the student’s culture(s)

  • To develop language competence.

Formal requirements:

  • To develop intercultural understanding by reflecting on differences and similarities between cultures

  • To describe aspects of the target language culture(s)

  • To compare aspects of the target language culture(s) with similar aspects in the student’s culture(s)

  • To develop language competence.

When the students can/must have to work on their written assignment?

The students are not allowed to work on their written assignment during their first year. This is an assignment to be completed on the second year of the course. This doesn't mean the format, requirements are not to be explained and practice in class during the first year of the course.

Format?

Your writing should be of three short written answers set out under three separate headings (obviously in Spanish):
  • A - Description: in relation to a Hispanic culture.
  • B - Comparison: between Hispanic culture and your own
  • C - Reflection: respond to three questions.
    • Which aspect of your chosen topic surprised you?
    • Why do you think these cultural similarities/differences exist?
    • What might a person from the target culture(s) find different about your chosen topic in your culture(s)?
How many sources must I have?

Between 2 and 4 in Spanish (target language) with the possibility of listing more sources in other languages. Consider using different formats for your sources: articles, videos, pamphlets, interviews... 

Word count?

Students have to produce an assignment of 200-350 words. Work which falls significantly beneath this word count is unlikely to meet the requirements of the task and will, very probably, receive low marks. If the word limit is exceeded, the assessment will just be based on the first 350 words.

Use of dictionaries and reference material?

This is the only assessment that allows students to use dictionaries and reference material.

Sources, documents & related links:

  • ab Initio WA rubric [pdf]
  • Language ab Initio Subject Guide [IBO]
  • Assessment criteria for the written assignment
  • Clarifications for the written assignment [IBO] [En] [Spa]
  • To know more about what type of texts can you write for your written assignment click here [Antonio Luna]
  • If you are interested in more materials for Spanish ab Initio, click here
  • Teaching Spanish B as well? Check our Spanish B page or this post

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