October 8, 2012

Language B – German

Aims

An overarching aim of teaching and learning languages is to enable the student to become a critical and competent communicator.

 

The aims of the teaching and learning of MYP language B are to:

  • Develop the student’s communication skills necessary for study, work and leisure in a range of different, authentic contexts and for a range of audiences and purposes
  • Enable the student to develop multi-literacy skills through the use of a range of learning tools, such as multimedia, in the various modes of communication
  • Enable the student to develop an appreciation of a variety of literary and non-literary texts and to develop critical and creative techniques for comprehension and construction of meaning
  • Enable the student to recognize and use language as a vehicle of thought, reflection and self-expression and learning in other subjects, and as a tool for enhancing literacy
  • Enable the student to understand the nature of language and the process of language learning, which comprises the integration of linguistic, cultural and social components
  • Offer insight into the cultural characteristics of the communities where the language is spoken
  • Encourage an awareness and understanding of the perspectives of people from own and other cultures, leading to involvement and action in own and other communities
  • Foster curiosity, inquiry and a lifelong interest and enjoyment in language learning

 

Objectives

 

Oral communication

This objective encompasses all aspects of listening and speaking. It refers to enabling the student to construct meaning through the process of internalizing meaning and articulating thoughts using speech in a variety of ways in the target language.

 

The student is expected to be able to:

  • Listen for specific purposes
  • Respond to specific information
  • Interact socially
  • Speak for specific purposes

 

Visual interpretation

This objective involves the student in interpreting and constructing meaning from visual text to understand how images presented with oral and written text interact to convey ideas, values and attitudes. Engaging with text requires the student to think creatively and critically about what is viewed, and to be aware of opinions, attitudes and cultural references presented in the visual text. The student might, for example, reflect on feelings and actions, imagine himself or herself in another’s situation, gain new perspectives and develop empathy, based on what he or she has understood in the text.

 

The student is expected to be able to:

  • Interpret and engage with visual text that is presented with spoken and written text
  • Refer closely to the visual text, supporting his or her opinion and personal response with evidence and examples from the text

 

Reading comprehension

This objective refers to enabling the student to construct meaning from written text by making inferences and interpretations. Engaging with text requires the student to think creatively and critically about what is read, and to be aware of opinions, attitudes and cultural references presented in the text. The student might, for example, reflect on feelings and actions, imagine himself or herself in another’s situation, gain new perspectives and develop empathy, based on what he or she has understood in the text.

 

The student is expected to be able to:

  • Understand information
  • Interpret and engage with written text
  • Refer closely to the written text, supporting his or her opinion and personal response with evidence and examples from the text

 

Writing

This objective relates to the developmental process of writing.

 

The student is expected to be able to:

  • Organize and express thoughts, feelings, ideas, opinions and information in writing
  • Write for specific purposes
  • Develop accuracy when writing in the target language

From: Middle Years Programme Language B Guide, International Baccalaureate Organization, 20012