“ 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. ”
IB Chinese (Language B) exposes students to a range of topics from environmental to cultural issues and either a literature, film study or topic based component. The core topics are experience, identities, human ingenuity, sharing the planet and social organisation.
The course is examined over 4 core areas; Listening, speaking, reading and writing – 25% for each skill. Authentic materials are used in class, and pedagogical textbooks regularly introduced as supplementary exercises.
Listening is introduced into assessment for the first time in the new syllabus. Students will undergo a speaking assessment, where two visual stimuli are provided and students will need to show their oral abilities through descriptions, presentation and discussion in Mandarin. Reading skills are assessed through 3 reading materials to check students’ understanding of the target language. Students are encouraged to communicate in Mandarin with the teacher within and beyond the class. They are also required to practice with native Chinese speakers out of class.
Learning to write Chinese characters promotes the creativity needed for a wide range of jobs. Moreover, to be able to communicate in a unique language like Mandarin stands you out from the crowd, providing more job opportunities. Learning Chinese can benefit your future career by expanding the pool of employment for you.