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IB (SL) - Chinese

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Lan Ziegler

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Language B (SL) - Chinese
Syllabus Outline

The focus of the course is
language acquisition
intercultural understanding.

Assessment Objectives
There are
assessment objectives for the language B course.
The Core
The Options
There are five topics in the options. The teacher select
topics. At least two aspects must be studied from each selection.
Assessments in IB
Assessment Outline
Communicate clearly and effectively in a range of situations, demonstrating linguistic competence and intercultural understanding
paper 2,
written assignment,
internal assessment
Use Chinese language appropriate to a range of interpersonal and/or cultural contexts
paper 1,
paper 2,
written assignment,
internal assessment
Understand and use Chinese language to express and respond to a range of ideas with accuracy and fluency
paper 1,
paper 2,
written assignment,
internal assessment
Organize ideas on a range of topics, in a clear, coherent and convincing manner
paper 2,
written assignment,
internal assessment
Understand, analyse and respond to a range of written and spoken texts
paper 1,
paper 2,
written assignment,
internal assessment
Understand and use works of literature written in the target language (Chinese) of study (HL only)
paper 1,
written assignment
Communication and media
How people interact, transmit and gather data for the purposes of information and entertainment.
aspects to cover (examples)
Social media:
Internet Means: Facebook, Twiter vs. QQ & Wechat, Renren, Blog, Podcasting
Identities (in real life and social net work – 2nd life);
Online behavior – bullying, cheating

Slang words
boke, weibo, wangluo, wangyou, duanxin
Possible aspects to cover
bias in media
radio and television
sensationalism in media
smart phones
Global Issues
current matters and future scenarios that have an impact at a regional, national and/or international level, bearing in mind that they need to
be addressed from the perspective of Chinese culture
Possible aspects to cover:

energy reserves
food and water
global warming, climate change, natural disasters
international economy
migration (rural-urban or international
poverty and famine
racism, prejudice, discrimination
the effect of man on nature
the environment and sustainability

Example aspects
Jobs and Economics
China’s Open and Reform Policy;
People (Deng Xiaoping, Migrants (min'gong-rural to city));
Global Economy – China, India and USA
Social Relations
How people interrelate and behave - as members of a community, individually and in groups
Possible aspects to cover
celebrations, social and religious events
educational system
language and cultural identity; self-identity
linguistic dominance
nationalism, patriotism, fanaticism
relationships (friendship, work, family)
social and/or political structures
social behaviors and stances
taboos versus what is socially acceptable
Sample aspects
Dating &Marriage

In-depth self/family introduction,
Immediate family vs. extended family;
Migrant's family & education
Changes in Chinese family structure;
Socially & culturally appropriate greetings, ways to address people in varied social settings;
When a child moves out?
Dialects used in family and community
Personal views & experience, friendship & love
Cultural Diversity
The ethnic, gender, racial, ideological and socio-economic varieties within a community of the target language.
Possible aspects to cover:
beliefs, values and norms
culinary heritage
how culture is learned
intercultural assimilation
interlinguistic influence
language diversity
population diversity
the concepts of human beauty
verbal and non-verbal communication

Customs & Traditions
The current and past practices, representations, expressions and knowledge that belong to a community of the Chinese language.
Possible aspects:
celebrations, social and religious events
dress codes, uniforms
etiquette and protocols
historical events
national customs
the arts
Physical, mental and social well-being, as well as matters related to illness
Possible Aspects:
concepts of beauty and health
diet and nutrition
drug abuse
health services
illnesses, symptoms of goo/ill health
mental health
physical exercise
traditional and alternative medicine
The variety of activities performed for enjoyment
Possible Aspects:
exhibitions and shows
social interaction through leisure
Science and Technology
The relationship between science and technology, and their impact on a community of the Chinese language
Possible Aspects:
ethics and science
ethics and technology
impact of information technology on society
natural sciences
renewable energy
scientific research
social sciences
Criterion-related, not norm-referenced
External Assessment Details - SL
Written assignment
weighting: 20%
The assignment has two parts:
the task and a rationale.
The task: Students produce a piece of writing that may be chosen from the recommended text types listed for paper 2 in this section. The subject of the assignment should have a specific focus, suitable for a piece of writing of 300–400 words in length. The content must be linked to one of the core topics and based on the information gathered from the
three sources
—such as articles, blogs and interviews—selected by the teacher. The length of each source must be
300–400 words
The rationale: Students must write a
100-word rationale
introducing the assignment, stating their aim(s) and how their aim(s) have been achieved.

Internal Assessment Details - SL
Individual oral
8–10 minutes
(plus 15 minutes of preparation)
Weighting: 20%
This component is based
on the options
: cultural diversity, customs and traditions, health, leisure, science
and technology. The individual oral is divided into two parts.

Supervised preparation time
The student is shown
two previously unseen photographs,
a title or caption, selected by the teacher. Each photograph is
related to a different option studied in class.
The student chooses
one of the photographs
and prepares a
Presentation (
15 minutes

Part 1:
The student
the photograph and relates it to the option and the target culture(s) (
3-4 minutes

Part 2:
A discussion
with the teacher
based on the presentation follows. Discussion based on a topic from the other option studied may be introduced if that contributes to the interaction (
5–6 minutes

Interactive oral activity
Weighting: 10%

This component is based on the core: communication and media, global issues, social relationships.
Three interactive activities
will be carried out in the classroom during the course and assessed by the
of these must be based on a
listening activity
. The highest of the three marks will be submitted as the final mark for the interactive oral. Where there is only one student in the class, these activities should be carried out with the teacher.

Q & A
Am I allowed to use dictionaries or reference material during the examimation?
Example Picture
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