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Language Acquisition

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Language Acquisition in the PYP

Language acquisition is the study of a new language in order to promote cultural understanding through language. The general objective of this course is the acquisition of language and proficiency in the four language skills: oral comprehension and expression, reading comprehension and written expression.

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Language Acquisition in the MYP

The Language Acquisition in the MYP provides students with the opportunity to develop insights into the features, processes and craft of language and the concept of culture, and to realize that there are diverse ways of living, behaving and viewing the world. Language acquisition in the MYP aims to develop a respect for, and understanding of, other languages and cultures, and is equally designed to equip the student with a skills base to facilitate further language learning. The language acquisition subject group objectives represent some of the essential processes of language and have been organized under the same four communicative processes for each of the six phases in order to assist teachers with planning, teaching and assessing. They are as follows.

A) Comprehending spoken and visual text

B) Comprehending written and visual text

C) Communicating in response to spoken and/or written and/or visual text

D) Using language in spoken and/or written form

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Language Acquisition in the DP

Group 2 consists of two modern language courses—language ab initio and language B—that are offered in Arabic and French languages. Language ab initio and language B are language acquisition courses designed to provide students with the necessary skills and intercultural understanding to enable them to communicate successfully in an environment where the language studied is spoken. This process encourages the learner to go beyond the confines of the classroom, expanding an awareness of the world and fostering respect for cultural diversity. The two modern language courses—language ab initio and language B—develop students’ linguistic abilities through the development of receptive, productive and interactive skills (as defined in “Syllabus content”).

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