French B

The IB Diploma course aims to develop oral and written skills in a range of contexts such as letters, speeches, newspaper articles, diaries, factual pieces, instructions, analytical essays and imaginative work.”

The IB Diploma course aims to develop oral and written skills in a range of contexts such as letters, speeches, newspaper articles, diaries, factual pieces, instructions, analytical essays, and imaginative work.

You will study topics of global and personal relevance, the environment, the family, cultural diversity, health, tourism, conflict, politics, popular culture and the media. You will work towards developing an understanding of the structure of the language by close examination of texts. At Higher Level you will read two works of French literature.

Modern linguists are in high demand because of the analytical and communication skills developed through learning a language. The presentations that you will be required to give in class, for example, will be good training for the workplace. Apart from the more obvious careers in interpreting, translating, and teaching, French students and graduates are highly sought after in the fields of business, banking, accountancy and the law.

Learning a language takes you beyond the classroom and into the way of life of another nation. French culture is so rich and varied. You will learn about French art, music, literature and cinema. There will be opportunities to read poetry and listen to songs, and even to write some of your own, if you wish.

There will be films to watch, perhaps as a backdrop to the literary texts under discussion. Of course, there will also be the chance to spend time in France through study visits – the best way to improve your spoken French and gain an in-depth understanding of contemporary French society.

IB Curriculum