Language B: English

The Higher Level English course allows students with some prior knowledge of the target language to acquire knowledge of English. In addition to studying the language, students explore the culture in which it is spoken and literary works are studied.

The subject, which is taught over two years, is organized into different themes. There are three required core themes: communication and media, global issues, and social relations. Additionally, teachers must select two more topics from the five available options. Finally two literary works are studied.

Main characteristics of the curricular and evaluation models

  • The receptive, productive and interaction skills are developed through the study in context of the language, texts and themes.
  • Multilingualism and intercultural understanding are key general objectives of the course.
  • Students will learn a variety of authentic texts and produce works in a variety of communicative contexts.
  • Students are evaluated both internally and externally.
  • The external evaluation consists of exercises to demonstrate the comprehension of authentic written texts based on core themes (receptive skills), two writing exercises -one based on the core topics and another based on the options (written productive skills) -, and a writing task based on one of the literary texts read (receptive and productive written skills).
  • The internal evaluation evaluates listening comprehension and oral production in a conversation format (receptive, productive and interaction skills). This evaluation consists of an individual oral test based on the options (presentation and discussion with the teacher) and an interactive oral activity based on core themes (three activities are carried out in the classroom that are evaluated by the teacher).