Spanish Lessons for the IB Spanish exam
The International Baccalaureate is a program that has been developing for more than 50 years worldwide to encourage students having a global international understanding of the multicultural diversity in our planet.
In Spanish the IB syllabus aims at letting students have a world perspective touching topics like the environment, the technology, traditions from different parts of the world etc. It reinforces a critical thinking perspective of students and their independent enquiry. These skills will allow the student to be internationally minded. Nowadays hiring experts focus not only on cognitive skills but the ability of the staff to be creative, open minded and problem solving oriented. Those capacities are hard to acquire by traditional means of study and the IB system tries to develop such abilities amongst their students.
Our Spanish Tutors are have a clear understanding of the IB Spanish goals, the syllabus and how the abilities of the students are being assessed. When time allows, our Spanish teachers will enrich and the student cultural background while giving a solid foundation to face the exam papers. As our team is only composed by Spanish native teachers they are more than capable of providing students good insights into the spanish culture while working on exam techniques and practises that will be crucial to face the Spanish IB exam. You can fully trust our expert and premium Spanish tutors to increase rapidly your performance. Let's go and get that 7!
Within IB Spanish there are different levels. The most common ones are the IB Ab Initio Spanish Standard Level, IB Spanish Language B standard level and IB Spanish Language B Higher level. Here we talk about them separately.
IB Ab initio Standard Level
This exam is intended for people that has never learned Spanish before starting the IB Diploma in Year 12. Therefore it starts from the very basics and student only have 2 years to get ready for the exam. It aims at making sure students achieve an intermediate level and based on our experience that is very intense. Many students that join IB Ab Initio have had some exposure to Spanish in the past although not formally throughout their secondary school studies. That makes it much easier to prepare for the exam in time. If you have never learned any Spanish when you start Ab Initio you must understand that the amount of effort that you need to put to achieve a top grade is considerably high. If you are not the hard working type and you have never learned Spanish, with the help of one of our tutors you can easily attain a 5 or with a bit of effort at level 6, but if you are aiming at that 7 even with the help of a Spanish tutor you will need to work hard. Don't wait till the last minute to start tutoring for the exam and face the exam with great confidence!
IB Language B Standard Level and Higher Level
IB Spanish Language B regardless is Standard Level or Higher level is considered and advanced level of Spanish. That is why this exam is only appropriate for students who have had a a consistent regular exposure to the Spanish Language throughout the whole Secondary school. Typically students that join this level have taken already the I/GCSE Spanish exam or have had an equivalent of 4-5 years of learning Spanish. With this background the students will have 2 years to attain the required level and take the exam. For students taking the Higher Level version of the exam more advanced structures and a rich lexicon will be expected. For the reading comprehension part
The exam currently three papers, the reading comprehension (paper 1), the writing (paper 2) and Speaking (paper 3). A new listening comprehension paper was introduced for the students taking the exam in 2020 but now it is being removed for students who will take the exam from 2021/22 onwards. The students are expected to understand and produce a wide variety of texts such as formal articles, blogs, news article, speech, diary entry, formal and informal letters, emails etc. As a new feature in the writing exam students need to have a conceptual understanding of what is the appropriate format to address a certain exam question and decide which type of text to use as well as its register. In the speaking part students have to be able to develop a 4 minute speech based on the image stimulus given and relate it to the cultural aspects and topics that the student has learned in class. In the reading comprehension students are expected to have developed fluent reading skills given the limited time to reply all the exam questions. In addition they need to be skilful enough to find the answers of the questions in the reading comprehension text given without following into the traps set by the examiners for example when multiple choice questions are provided. Our spanish premium and expert teachers will give you the necessary expertise to face the exam questions with confidence.