The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.Ludwig Wittgenstein
As IB DP language B educators, your goal is to unlock these limits and give your students the key to international-mindedness through the study of language, culture, ideas, and issues of global significance. Language B is a language acquisition course designed to provide students in the DP with an opportunity to develop the skills and intercultural understanding to communicate successfully in an environment where the language studied is spoken. This guide to language B is designed as a simplified introduction to help you achieve these goals in your classrooms!
The guide features blogs with actionable strategies and downloadable templates that you can use independently or with your teaching teams to discover the nuts and bolts of the language B course. We’ve also added bonus reflections and activities which you can undertake as you make your way through the guide, along with classroom tips to help you bring the language B course to life in your classroom!
Please note: We designed this guide to be navigated sequentially. That being said, this is your inquiry so feel free to jump around to the sections you find most relevant to your context.
Who is this for and what’s inside?
- New teachers looking to dive into the what, why, and how of language B in the DP
- Experienced teachers looking for tools to enhance their teaching practices for language B
- DP coordinators and school leaders looking for strategies and resources to support their teams understand and implement the language B course effectively
About the author:
Mariana, who is originally from Rosario, Argentina, earned her college degree in Second Language Learning with a focus on English and Spanish. She worked as an English language instructor in various contexts in Argentina, the US and Spain. It was there that her role evolved as the school moved towards a more international approach to education by pursuing IB accreditation. She took an active role in the process in different areas: academic policy writing, curriculum mapping, and programme development. Her roles in these past years have varied between CAS coordinator, IBDP language A and B educator, and IB DP coordinator. She has been a part of the wider IB global community in various capacities including professional development and curriculum review. She has recently moved to Saudi Arabia to join The Kaust School as K-12 World Language Coordinator.
Disclaimer: This guide has been produced independently of and not endorsed by the IB. Toddle’s resources seek to encourage sharing of perspectives and innovative ideas for classroom teaching & learning. They are not intended to be replacements for official IB guides and publications. Views and opinions expressed by the authors of these resources are personal and should not be construed as official guidance by the IB. Please seek assistance from your school’s IB coordinator and/or refer to official IB documents before implementing ideas and strategies shared within these resources in your classroom.