Language B Ab Initio Exams 2013


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ab initio Guide for New Syllabus 2013
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ab initio Guide for New Syllabus 2013 (French Specific)
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French guide with sample language criteria voc/grammar/themes
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Themes

How do do a visual (pix) oral assessment-practice
There are 3 themes and a series of 20 possible topics covered from Fr. 1 -Fr. 3:

(individu et société, loisirs et travail, environnements urbains et ruraux)
INDIVIDUAL & SOCIETY
LEISURE & WORK
URBAN & RURAL ENVIRONMENT
Personal details, appearance, character
Daily routines
Education
Food and Drinks
Physical health
Relationships
Shopping
Employment
Entertainment
Holiday
Media
Transport
Technology
Sport
Global Issues
Environmental concerns
Neighborhood
Physical geography
Town and services
Weather

Sites to review material from French 1-3
  1. Les activités-les sports
  2. Le logement et la maison
  3. La maison
  4. La famille
  5. L'école
  6. Les fêtes
  7. Paris et l'art
  8. Bon Appétit
  9. La Santé, Les Accidents et les Maladies
  10. Les Hôtels
  11. Conduire en France
  12. Les 22 Regions/Provinces de la France

Ab initio French vocabulary practice

More details about the themes
Thème : environnements urbains et ruraux
Thème : individu et société
Thème : loisirs et travail
Géographie physique
• Cartes : nord, sud
• Continents, pays, régions
• Mer, plage
• Montagnes
• Nationalités
• Paysage
Achats
• Achats en ligne
• Argent
• (Carte de) crédit
• Coutumes et traditions: marchandage, soldes
• Enjeux environnementaux : provenance, emballage
• Magasins divers : faire des courses
Divertissements
• Arts : beaux-arts, arts populaires, artisanat
• Fêtes (nationales, régionales, locales), concerts, spectacles
• Locaux : stade, cinéma
• Loisirs, passe-temps
• Sorties
Météo
• Catastrophes naturelles : inondation, sécheresse
• Climat
• Prévisions météorologiques / météo, temps
• Saisons
• Temps et vie quotidienne : coutumes, traditions
Aliments et boissons
• Appareils ménagers, ustensiles de cuisine
• Commerces
• Marchés
• Provisions
• Quantité
• Recettes de cuisine
• Repas
• Restaurants
• Santé, régimes alimentaires : végétarisme
Sport
Associations, clubs, équipes
• Compétitions : régate, jeux olympiques
• Entraînement
• Équipement sportif
• Locaux : stade, piscine
• Télévision et sports
• Tenues de sport
• Traditions : sport national
• Types de sport
Préoccupations environnementales
• Changements climatiques
• Différentes formes de pollution : atmosphérique, sonore, visuelle
• Écologie: recyclage, produits biologiques
• Espèces en voie de disparition
• Réchauffement de la planète
• Ressources naturelles : eau , pétrole
Apparence
• Corps
• Portrait physique
• Vêtements
Monde du travail
• Carrières, débouchés
• Chômage
• Conditions de travail : salaire, horaire
• Études
• Professions, métiers
• Qualifications, diplômes
• Stage, apprentissage
Questions mondiales
• Aide au développement / Pauvreté
• Guerre/Paix
• ONG (organisations non gouvernementales)
Caractère
• Portrait moral, personnalité
• Sentiments
Internet, réseaux sociaux en ligne
• Presse : information, reportage
• Publicité
• Radio: émissions, horaire
• Télévision : émissions, horaire
• Vie des célébrités
Ville et services
• Achats : alimentation, courses
• Galerie marchande, centre commercial
• Loisirs et culture : piscine, bibliothèque municipale, cinéma
• Magasins
• Marché
• Services : banque, poste, point vert
• Transport en commun
Enseignement
• Activités périscolaires: CAS (créativité, action, service), clubs, associations
• Année scolaire
• Carrières
• Élèves
• Examens
• Locaux : bibliothèque, laboratoires
• Matériel pédagogique, équipement
• Matières: théorie de la connaissance, mémoire
• Enseignants
• Programme scolaire : emploi du temps
• Systèmes d’enseignement : public, privé ; national, international
• Université : faculté, études supérieures
• Vêtements : uniforme
Technologie
• Achats en ligne, banque en ligne
• Films, photographie
• Informatique : école et travail
• Internet : musique
• Jeux interactifs
• Relations virtuelles, cybernaute
• Réseaux sociaux : (téléphone) mobile, Internet
Voisinage
• Directions : indiquer le chemin
• Fêtes et événements : fête du voisinage
• Lieux publics, monuments : mairie, hôtel de ville, centre aéré
• Logements divers
• Village
• Ville, banlieue
• Voisins, quartier
Habitudes quotidiennes
• Relations sociales: prises de contact, bonnes manières
• Routine : à la maison, à l’école, au travail
• Routine : le weekend, la semaine
Transport
• Cas d’urgence
• Code de la route : pancartes
• Conduite : excès de vitesse, alcoolisme au volant
• Dangers
• Enjeux environnementaux
• Moyens de transport
• Pannes mécaniques
• Signalisation
• Trajets au quotidien
• Voyages : prix du billet, billet aller-retour, réservations

Relations
• Amis
• Animaux : animaux domestiques
• Autrui : stéréotypes
• Collègues
• Famille : fêtes
Vacances
• Activités
• Bureau du tourisme, agence de voyage
• Coutumes et traditions locales
• Hébergement
• Plats typiques, plats régionaux et nationaux
• Temps
• Transport
• Vacances : au bord de la mer, à la montagne, en ville ; en famille

Renseignements personnels
Adresse
• Date et lieu de naissance
• État civil
• Langues
• Logement
• Nationalité
• Nom, âge, sexe
• Numéro de téléphone


Accidents: blessure, malaise, premiers soins
Chez le médecin: rendez-vous, consultation
• Corps
• Forme physique : régime alimentaire, nutrition
• Hôpital, clinique: aides-soignants, locaux
• Maladies
• Médicaments
• Ordonnances



Assessment requirements

External Assessment: Written Component: 75%
Two written papers externally set and assessed:
Paper 1: Text Handling (4 texts) – 1½ hours → 30% (40 marks)
Paper 2: Written Production - 1 hour → 25% (25 marks)
  • Section A: Short writing task (50 words) (7 marks)
  • Section B: Extended writing task (100 words) (18 marks)
Written Assignment: Receptive and productive skills
200-300 word piece of writing in the target language carried out in class under teacher supervision (20 marks)

Internal Assessment:

Oral Component: 25% (25 marks) (assessed by the teacher and externally moderated by the IBO)
Individual Oral: 10 minutes
3 part oral internally assessed and moderated by the IB:
  • Part 1: presentation of a visual stimulus (picture/ image)
  • Part 2: Follow-up questions on the visual stimulus
  • Part 3:General conversation including at least two questions on the written assignment
  • Possible questions for part 3 about written assignment:These questions should be open and are intended to give the candidate an opportunity to talk about the written assignment as openly as possible. The following list is not exhaustive and any two may be used by the teacher in this part of the individual oral.
    • What is your written assignment about?
    • Why did you choose this as your written assignment?
    • What did you learn from the written assignment?
  • Then the conversation will move to:The teacher should then tell the candidate that the assessment is moving towards a more general conversation by using, for example, one of the following statements.
  • ** Let’s now talk about other things.
    • We’ll now talk more generally.
    • We’ll now move on to the general conversation.
    • I’d like to ask you some questions about other things.
    There should be at least two topics from the language ab initio course discussed in the general conversation. These should be different from those of the visual stimulus and the written assignment. They could include topics such as personal interests (for example, hobbies) or ones of a more general nature (for example, environment, education, future studies).

Another way to look at exams:

Assessments:
Internal
Individual Oral Assessment:
The Individual Oral will take place in late February/ early March and counts as 25% of your IB mark. This consists of a 15 minute prep time in which you choose one of two pictures based on the themes taught and talk about it. You will speak for 1-2 minutes, followed by 2-3 minutes of questions/discussion from me about your topic and finally, questions about your written assignment (at least 2) and a general discussion for 4-5 minutes.

Start by the most general and then go into more detail

1. Write down the vocabulary in your picture, do some brainstorming for preparation (the day of the exam you can do that during your preparation time)

2. Describe the visual stimulus:

GENERAL:

Where is the scene? What kind of landscape? Room? Shop? Street? Countryside? Describe the location, the place, the landscape…

DETAIL:

  • Describe where are the things / objects / people / animals located. Use prepositions to describe position, rather than only listing the things (à droite, à gauche, en haut de la photo, sous, sur…)
  • Describe color/size/material/function of things or objects.
  • Describe the people you see in the picture. How many? Where are they? What do they look like? (Appearance, clothes, emotions..) What are they doing? Why?
  • Make up some stories of what the people did or what are they going to do. This will enable you to use PAST / FUTURE TENSE and get a higher grade.
  • Include some culture


External Assessments:

Written Assignment: Done in March of your senior year and counts as 20% of final mark. It is a 200-300 word essay based on the themes studied. This takes place in class, in an exam setting over 2 class periods, lasting 2 hours. Two to four resources are permitted. The assignment should include: a description of the chosen topic, a comparison of Francophone and American culture, a reflection related to the topic. All must be done in French!!
  1. Description
  2. Comparaison-comparison between the Francophone culture and your country's culture with this subject.
  3. Réflexion avec ces questions: Quel aspect du sujet avez-vous trouvé surprenant?; Selon vous pourquoi ces similarités/différences culturelles existent-elles?;Mettez-vous à la place d'une personne francophone. Qu'est-ce que cette personne pourrait noter de différent à ce sujet dans votre culture?
  4. Bibliographie: Les Sources d'information en français.

Ab Initio Written Assignment: 200-300 words details/explain


The aim of the assignment is for students to describe the chosen topic before identifying differences and/or similarities between their own culture(s) and the target culture(s). Lastly, students are required to reflect on these differences and/or similarities by responding to a set of guiding questions.

  • Which aspect of your chosen topic surprised you?
  • Why do you think these cultural similarities/differences exist?
  • What might a person from the target culture(s) find different about your chosen topic in your culture(s)?

The description, comparison and reflection are presented in the target language in one continuous piece of handwritten work under three separate headings: description, comparison and reflection.


  • Sports.
  • Food.
  • Marriage.
  • Fashion.
  • Meal times.
  • Meal etiquette.
  • School systems.
  • Daily routine.
  • Festivals.
  • Traditions.
  • Landscapes.
  • Plants and animals.

Sources
Students must consult between two and four sources in the target language. A source is any text linked to the topic that will enable the student to reflect on the culture(s) studied during the course. Sources may originate from the teacher and/or the student. Students may consult sources in other languages. The sources brought into the classroom must be clean, unmarked copies. Students can annotate the copies during the undertaking of the written assignment. The texts must be from 200-400 words long.


Writing Assignment examples


Writing assignment detailed rubric


Paper 1 and Paper 2: Given in May. Counts as 50% of final mark.
Paper 1 is text handling with a variety of responses to readings- multiple choice, fill in the correct word, sentence response,etc- and counts for 30%.
Paper 2 is 2 essays- one is 80 words and the other is 150 words. It counts as 25% of the final mark.