Academics/Language Acquisition

Language is at the heart of learning. It is how thought, meaning and understanding are expressed, and provides access to literature, culture, history, the sciences and the arts. It provides us with immediate access to different cultures and perspectives and integration into the school community as well as local and international communities.

Language-Acquisition-Courses

The ability for students to communicate with each other at VVS, and for them to communicate with others around the world in more than one language, is critical in fostering international understanding, cultural empathy and in developing balanced, open-minded global citizens for the next generation.  The study of a second language provides access to a different culture, and learning culture through language is the focus of second language classes.

Courses Offered

  • Spanish B ab initio Standard Level
  • Spanish B Standard Level
  • Spanish B Higher Level
  • French B ab initio Standard Level
  • French B Standard Level
  • French B Higher Level

Language B 1/ IB Language B ab initio SL 1 (Spanish & French)

Language B 1/ IB Language B ab initio SL 1, is an introduction to the studied language and culture. The course concentrates on the fundamentals of grammar, usage, and vocabulary with an emphasis on learning the skills of speaking, reading, writing, and listening. The goal is to instill in the students an appreciation for another culture and to promote good social relationships.

Prerequisites: less than 1-2 years exposure to the language

Language B 2/ IB Language B ab initio SL 2 (Spanish & French)

Language B 2/ IB Language B ab initio SL 2 rigorously reviews the basics of the language, giving students a firm foundation upon which to build more advanced skills. Students’ reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills improve through frequent drills, tests, essays, reading assignments, and practice exercises. Included is the cultural and historical context of the language.

Prerequisites: 1-2 years exposure to the language

Language B 3/ IB Language B SL 1 (Spanish & French)

In this course students go beyond listening and practicing speaking by pursuing self-expression in a second language. They develop practical reading and writing skills, and build and regularly use a diverse vocabulary. They also learn to understand many aspects of cultural and historical contexts relating to the language.

Prerequisites: 2-3 years exposure to the language

Language B 4/ IB Language B SL 2 (Spanish & French)

In this course students go beyond listening and practicing speaking by pursuing self-expression in a second language. They develop practical reading and writing skills, and build and regularly use a diverse vocabulary. They also learn to understand many aspects of cultural and historical contexts relating to the language.

Prerequisites: 3-4 years exposure to the language.

IB Language B HL 1 (Spanish & French)

Students develop a practical and useful mastery of the oral and written language through the proper use of a broad vocabulary, all verb tenses, and grammatical structures that allow for normal communication. They also become familiar with culture and history, thereby allowing them to understand themselves and others more fully. Emphasis is on the development of speaking, listening, writing, and reading skills. The curriculum instills a profound intellectual internationalism, as stressed by the IB Learner Profile.

Prerequisites: 5-6 years exposure to the language

IB Language B HL 2 (Spanish & French)

Students develop a practical and useful mastery of the oral and written language through the proper use of a broad vocabulary, all verb tenses, and grammatical structures that allow for normal communication. They also become familiar with culture and history, thereby allowing them to understand themselves and others more fully. Emphasis is on the development of speaking, listening, writing, and reading skills. The curriculum instills a profound intellectual internationalism, as stressed by the IB Learner Profile.

Prerequisites: 5-6 years exposure to the language.