The IB has a policy of mother-tongue entitlement that promotes respect for the literary heritage of a student’s home language. There are over 45 languages that are automatically available, plus special request languages
Subject – Language B
Language B is a language acquisition course developed at two levels—standard level (SL) and higher level (HL)—for students with some background in the target language. While acquiring a language, students will explore the culture(s) connected to it. The focus of these courses is language acquisition and intercultural understanding. The language B syllabus approaches the learning of language through meaning. Through the study of the core and the options at SL and HL, plus two literary works at HL, students build the necessary skills to reach the assessment objectives of the language B course through the expansion of their receptive, productive and interactive skills.
SL and HL are differentiated by the recommended number of teaching hours, the depth of syllabus coverage, the study of literature at HL, and the level of difficulty and demands of assessment and assessment criteria.
The core—with topics common to both levels—is divided into three areas and is a required area of study.
- Communication and media
- Global issues
- Social relationships
In addition, at both SL and HL, teachers select two from the following five options.
- Cultural diversity
- Customs and traditions
- Science and technology
Also, at HL, students read two works of literature.