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Guide AB Initio

FRENCH
AB INITIO/SL

IBDP FrenchCourse Description: IB French B is a language acquisition course developed at two levels—

  • standard level (SL) and
  • higher level (HL)

for students with a considerable background in the target language. The class is conducted mostly in French and requires the student to be an independent and highly motivated learner.


Language ab initio is a language acquisition course designed for students with no prior experience of the target language, or for those students with very limited previous exposure.

At the language ab initio level, a student develops the following skills:

  • RECEPTIVE: Students understand, both aurally and in writing, simple sentences and some more complex sentences relating themes.
  • PRODUCTIVE: Students express information fairly accurately, in both writing and in speech, using a range of basic vocabulary and grammatical structures. 
  • INTERACTIVE: Students understand and respond clearly to some information.  They engage in simple conversations.

Five prescribed themes are common to the syllabuses of language  ab initio and language B

The five prescribed themes are:

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