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IB Spanish B


Caveat: It's been a while since I took this course, so it may be a bit out of date.


Structure of Syllabus The SL curriculum is centred around 12 themes, of which 6 are to be studied. These themes are topics like:

  • Women/Gender Roles in the Spanish-speaking world (La Mujer en la Sociedad Hispano-Hablante)
  • Business and Commerce (Negocio y Comercio)
  • Population/Immigration (MigraciĆ³n)
  • Religion (ReligiĆ³n)
  • Culture: Attitudes, Beliefs, and Values (Actitudes, creencias, y valores)
  • Environment (El Medio Ambiente)

Generally, studying a theme should include a variety of material in Spanish emphasizing recent sources such as magazine and newspaper articles as well as film and television sources (our class watched the news programs on Univision and Telemundo every morning to hear the language). While reading classical Spanish literature is often included, the program definitely emphasizes contemporary writing and sources over traditional ones.

Internal Assessments: Generally: Oral presentation, Group discussion

The External Assessment has comprises of two papers (each 1h 30mins):

Paper 1: A booklet of 4 short articles / extracts

            1) Short answer questions for the first 3 extracts / articles
            2) 100 word short written response using information from the 4th article / extract

Paper 2: Extended written response

          HL - Choose 1 out of 6 questions (min. 400 words)
          SL - Choose 1 our of 4 question (min. 250 words)

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