Group 2 consists of modern languages which can be studied at different levels. Many factors determine the group 2 course that a student should take: the student’s best language, the language(s) spoken at home and at school, and any previous knowledge of the language of study.
Language B, the highest level for students in Group 2, is an additional language-learning course designed for students with some previous learning of that language. The course is designed for genuine second language learners with some previous experience, 4 to 5 years for Higher Level (HL) and 2 to 3 years for Standard Level (SL), of learning the language. As a result a Language B student should have a good knowledge of grammar and vocabulary, and be fairly fluent in conversation. The main focus of the course is on language acquisition and development of language skills. These language skills should be developed through the study and use of a range of written and spoken material. Such material will extend from everyday oral exchanges to literary texts, and should be related to the culture(s) concerned.
- English B HL & SL
- German B HL & SL
- French B HL & SL
- Hindi B HL & SL
Language Ab initio
The other option in Group 2 is Language Ab initio. This is an option for beginners (that is, students who have no previous experience of learning the language they have chosen) and is only offered at Standard Level (SL).