A major concern most students have is if their English level is sufficient to pursue the International Baccalaureate and demanding requirements. It might be heartening to know that we count with a broad variety of background levels, from students with the standard English level to students with the CAE, and they all are mixed in the same class, which is a very enriching educational process and no-one is left behind. Part of the interview of the admissions process will be in English, so as to evaluate the competences discussion and debate and critical thinking.
English B aims to produce students with the required skills and intercultural understanding to allow them to succeed in a setting where the language studied is spoken. This can be achieved through the development of receptive, productive and interactive skills. The language grammar is not studied and it is presumed that the student has already accomplished a basic understanding and grasp of grammatical structures.
At HL (the one offered in Institut Broggi) the students must study 2 literary works originally written within the target language and students are expected to extend the range and quality of the language they use and understand to communicate. These will be the main focus of the IA (which will consist of a discussion on one of the literary works).
The programme is organised around 5 prescribed themes with which the students interact through written, audio, visual and audio-visual texts; these themes are:
- Human ingenuity
- Social organisation
- Sharing the planet