How does the IB Chinese fit into the The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme, a challenging two-year curriculum, primarily aimed at students aged 16 to 19? Read on to understand more about this qualification that is widely recognized by the world’s leading universities
Mandarin in the IB Diploma
In some schools where the IB is awarded, there may be an option of taking Mandarin as on of the 2 languages that form part of the Diploma syllabus.
Mandarin is an option in the ‘Second Language’ subject groups. Depending on the students experience/level, Mandarin can be studied at one of 3 levels:
Ab initio- for beginners who have no previous experience of Mandarin. Standard level only
Language B - for students who have had some previous experience of learning Mandarin They may be studied at either higher level or standard level. Language A2 - students who have a high level of competence in the language they have chosen. They include the study of both language and literature, and are available at higher level and standard level.
Note: Standard level is 150 teaching hours. Higher level is 240 teaching hours.
Overview (of whole Diploma including non-language elements)
Students must study six subjects chosen from the six subject groups and complete an extended essay. They must follow a theory of knowledge course and participate in creativity, action, service. In most cases three of the six subjects are studied at higher level (courses representing 240 teaching hours).
The remaining three subjects are studied at standard level courses (representing 150 teaching hours).
For more information about the Diploma IB please visit the IBO site
Recommended IB Chinese Textbooks:
IB ab initio: Chinese Made Easy Book 1-3/Easy Steps to Chinese Books 1-4
IB Lang B: Chinese Made Easy Books 4 & 5/ Easy Steps to Chinese Books 5-8