Ab Initio – for beginners (group 2)

Language ab initio is a challenging but rewarding language acquisition course designed for students with no prior experience of the target language, or for those students with very limited previous exposure. It should be noted that language ab initio is offered at SL only. At the language ab initio level, a student develops receptive, productive and interactive communicative skills. Students learn to communicate in the target language in familiar and unfamiliar contexts. Students will study the following 5 themes:

  • Identities
  • Experiences
  • Human Ingenuity
  • Social Organisation
  • Sharing the Planet

Languages is a complementary subject that allows students to develop skills applicable to a wide range of academic disciplines and career options in the future. Universities and employers value Languages very highly. You may need languages for all sorts of career destinations – doctors, psychologists and physiotherapists need language skills to communicate effectively with patients whether they work in the UK or overseas; businessmen, bankers and entrepreneurs all need language skills to make deals and sell products on the global market. Politicians, historians, geographers and holiday reps all need language skills to get to know the people and area that they are passionate about. A foreign language B certificate will complement and enhance your other studies.

  • Develop international-mindedness through the study of languages, cultures, and ideas and issues of global significance. 
  • Enable students to communicate in the language they have studied in a range of contexts and for a variety of purposes. 
  • Encourage, through the study of texts and through social interaction, an awareness and appreciation of a variety of perspectives of people from diverse cultures. 
  • Develop students’ understanding of the relationship between the languages and cultures with which they are familiar. 
  • Develop students’ awareness of the importance of language in relation to other areas of knowledge. 
  • Provide students, through language learning and the process of inquiry, with opportunities for intellectual engagement and the development of critical- and creative-thinking skills. 
  • Provide students with a basis for further study, work and leisure through the use of an additional language. 
  • Foster curiosity, creativity and a lifelong enjoyment of language learning.


Syllabus and Assessment

Paper 1  – Productive Skills-Writing Paper

60 minutes (25%) – two tasks, each 70 – 150 words

Two short writing tasks, each from a choice of three. Each text needs to conform to a given text type such as a letter, mail, brochure, etc.


Paper 2 – Receptive skills-Reading and Listening Paper

Listening 45 minutes / Reading 60 minutes (50%). Comprehension exercises on three audio passages and three written texts, drawn from all five themes studied.


Individual Oral

7 to 10 minutes (25%). A conversation with the teacher based on visual stimuli, followed by a discussion based on an additional theme.


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