“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.”
‒Nelson Mandela

Some of the aims of learning french at IB are to

  • Develop students’ intercultural understanding.
  • Enable students to understand and use the language in a range of contexts and for a variety of purposes.
  • Encourage an awareness and appreciation of the different perspectives of people from other cultures.
  • Provide students with a basis for further study, work and leisure through the use of an additional language.

Standard Level French

External assessment: 70%
Paper 1:  25% (1.5  hours): Receptive skills – Text-handling exercises on four written texts, based on the core.

Paper 2: 25%  (1.5 hours): Written productive skills – One writing exercise of 250–400 words from a choice of five, based on the options.

Written assignment: 20%. Receptive and written productive skills
Intertextual reading followed by a written exercise of 300–400 words plus a 100-word rationale, based on the core.

Internal assessment: 30% – Internally assessed by the teacher and externally moderated by the IB.
Individual oral (8–10 minutes): 20%
Based on the options: 15 minutes’ preparation time and a 10-minute (maximum) presentation and discussion with the teacher.

Interactive oral activity:10%
Based on the core: Three classroom activities assessed by the teacher.

Higher Level French

External assessment
Paper 1: 25% (1.5 hours) Receptive skills – Text-handling exercises on five written texts, based on the core.
Paper 2: 25%  (1.5 hours) Written productive skills – Two compulsory writing exercises.

Section A: One task of 250–400 words, based on the options, to be selected from a choice of five.
Section B: Response of 150–250 words to a stimulus text, based on the core.

Written assignment: 20%Receptive and written productive skills
Creative writing of 500–600 words plus a 150-word rationale, based on one of the literary texts read.

Internal assessment 30% – Internally assessed by the teacher and externally moderated by the IB.
Individual oral: (8–10 minutes) 20% – Based on the options: 15 minutes’ preparation time and a 10-minute (maximum) presentation and discussion with the teacher.
Interactive oral activity 10% : Based on the core: Three classroom activities assessed by the teacher.

How I can help?

  • Experienced tutor with 35 years of french speaking experience.
  • Extensive oral and listening practice given.
  • Interactive group sessions  encouraging communication.