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      • Definitions
    • Kinetics
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    • Equilibrium
      • Definitions
    • Acids and Bases
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    • Oxidation and Reduction
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      • Jonathan Swift
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      • Importance of Fate
      • Ambiguity
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      • 1.2 Elasticity
      • 1.4 Market Failure
      • 1.5 Theory of the Firm
    • Section 2: Macroeconomics
      • 2.1 The Level of Overall Economic Activity
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    • Patterns in Resource Consumption
    • HL Extension: Global Interactions
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    12th Grade Spanish Ab initio  external/internal assessments

    IB Assessments 
    Below is important information that illustrates the specific types of External and Internal assessment students will have towards the end of the year in Spanish ab  initio for 12th grade.  
    External assessment details: Paper 1, Paper 2, and Written assignment

    Paper 1: Receptive skills (reading comprehension)
    Duration: 1 hour and 30 minutes
    Weight:  30%

    1. Externally set and assessed by the IBO.
    2. The objective of this assessment is to test the ability of the students to read and understand several types of authentic texts.
    3. The text booklet has 4 texts, and there are 40 exercises about the texts.
    4. All three themes are represented:    a. individual and society     b. Leisure and work     c. Urban and rural environment (check syllabus)
    5. All texts and questions are in  Spanish, and all answers must be in Spanish.
    6. No dictionaries or other materials may be used in the exam.

    Text-handling exercises

    To answer the questions successfully, students will need to a variety of skills such as skimming, scanning, or reading for detail.  The text handling exercises will require short answers such as:

    1. true/false
    2. multiple choice
    3. short answer
    4. filling in a table/chart
    5. matching (synonyms, antonyms, summary sentences, ideas or sequences with pictures, etc.)
    6. Know the meaning of words from their contexts.
    7. Understand grammar and its use in context.
    8. Understand cohesive devices that give coherence to a text.

    Paper 2:  Productive skills (writing)
    Duration: 1 hour
    Weighing: 25%

    1Externally set and assessed by the IBO.
    2. It is divided into 2 sections.  

    • Section A (short writing task of at least 50 words : pick 1 question out of 2.) 
    • Section B (Extended writing task of at least 100 words: pick 1 question out of 3.)

    3. All three themes are represented:    a. individual and society     b. Leisure and work     c. Urban and rural environment (check syllabus)
    4. All texts and questions are in  Spanish, and all answers must be in Spanish.
    5. No dictionaries or other materials may be used in the exam.

    The list below shows the different formats for the texts in Section A and Section B that may be used.

    Section A

    1. Advertisement/flyer
    2. Blog
    3. Email
    4. Post on a social networking site
    5. Invitation
    6. List
    7. Menu
    8. Message/note
    9. Postcard
    10. Poster
    Section B

    1. Article
    2. Blog
    3. Brochure
    4. Diary
    5. Email
    6. Post on a social networking site
    7. Essay
    8. Interview
    9. Letters: informal/formal
    10. Report
    11. Review
    12. Speech/presentation
    Written assignment: Receptive and productive skills

    Duration: 2 hours in a single session
    Location:  It is done in school but assessed externally by the IBO
    Weighing: 20%

     
    Main Goal: develop intercultural understanding through reflection on the differences and similarities between the student’s own culture and the culture of Spanish speaking countries.

    1. Culmination of an independent research on one topic.
    2. General task

    • to describe a topic in relation to the culture of the Spanish speaking country chosen by the student.  In this paragraph, the student must mention at least 3 facts about the topic in the Spanish speaking country. (Paragraph 1)
    • compare/contrast the topic with respect to the student’s own country culture and the Spanish culture of the country the student chose. (Paragraph 2)
    • reflect on these similarities and differences of the two country cultures by answering 3 guiding questions. (Paragraphs 3 – 5)

    3. Teacher helps in picking the topic and title.
    4. Student driven with teacher guidance.
    5. Students may begin as soon as they know their topic and title.

    6. sources for the investigation: any source and any language may be used as a means for the investigation. However, 2 sources need to be in Spanish.
    7. Written assignment must be the independent work of the student.
    8. Written assignment must be typed at home.
    9.The topic must be from the themes studied in class:  
         a. individual and society     
         b. Leisure and work     
         c. Urban and rural environment (check syllabus).
    10. The use of dictionaries and reference/resource materials are allowed.

      

    Specific requirements of the written assignment

    Length
    200 – 350 words (no more, no less).

    Important: If the limit of 350 words is exceeded, the assessment will only include the first 350 words.

    Sources
    2 – 4 sources (in Spanish). However, additional sources in any language may be used. 

    Purpose of communication
    Description, comparison/contrast, reflection.
    Structure
    The writing assignment needs to be structured as follows:

    1. Title
    2. Paragraph #1: Heading: description
    3. Paragraph#2:  Heading: comparison
    4. Paragraph # 3-5: Heading: reflection (3 reflections. One paragraph per question.

    Paragraphs 3-5: Reflection part of the writing task
    Each paragraph needs to answer a different reflection question about the topic the student is writing.

    Following are the (3) reflection questions:

    1. What part of your topic surprised you? (paragraph # 3)
    2. Why do you believe these cultural similarities or differences exist? (paragraph # 4)
    3. What might a person from a Spanish speaking culture find different about your topic in your own culture? (paragraph # 5)

    Formal guidelines
    1. Students must submit the following:

    • a bibliography in standard format with references to all sources in all languages. (Library session to review how to write bibliographies)

    2. If you include quotations, they will not be part of the overall word count (200 – 350 words).
    3. Quotations that are not appropriately referenced will be considered plagiarism. (You don’t want this!)

    Formal requirements by the IBO

    1. The written assignment must be written in Spanish.
    2. All extracts from the source/reference materials are referenced correctly.  
    3. A bibliography in standard format is included with references to all sources

    External Assessment Criteria
    Below are files that have information on the criteria used to assess Paper 2 and the Written assignment. It is important that students become familiar with these criterion so they know what is expected.

    Criteria overview: Paper 2 and Written Assignment
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    Criteria: Paper 2 – Productive skills – Section A (Criterion A: Language, Criterion B: Message, Criterion C: Format )
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    Criteria: Paper 2 – Productive skills – Section B (Criterion A: Language)
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    Criteria: Paper 2 – Productive skills – Section B (Criterion B: Message, Criterion C: Format)
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    Criteria: Written assignment – Receptive and productive skills (Criterion A: Description, Criterion B: Comparison, Criterion C: Reflection)
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    Criteria: Written a. – Recept. and P. skills (Criterion C: Reflection, Criterion D: Register, Criterion E: language, Criterion F: Formal requirements)
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    Criteria: Written assignment – Receptive and productive skills (Criterion F: Formal requirements continued)
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    Internal assessment details: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3

    The internal assessment is an individual oral task that is an integral part of the Spanish ab initio course, and it is mandatory for all students.  It allows students to demonstrate orally the application of their skills and knowledge in Spanish.   This assessment is made of 3 parts, it lasts a total of 7-10 minutes, and students have 15 minutes to prepare just before the oral exam takes place.  The oral task is recorded and it is worth 25%.  
    Oral task
    It is divided into the following 3 parts
            student preparation (15 minutes)

    1. Part 1: The student’s presentation of the visual stimulus (1-2 minutes)
    2. Part 2: The teacher’s questions on the visual stimulus (2-3 minutes)
    3. Part 3: At least two questions from the Written assignment and a general conversation (4-5 minutes) 

    Part 1 specific details

    1. Preparation (15 minutes): students will pick from one of two previously unseen stimuli.  These may be a picture, photograph, cartoon, etc.  The content of the stimuli will be from any of the 3 themes found in the syllabus.
    2. Students may take notes for the interview to be used as a reference.  However the student’s presentation may not be written in full or read.  The notes are only a reference.
    3. Students will not have prior knowledge of the visual stimulus prior to the 15 minute preparation time.
    4. The use of dictionaries is not allowed.
    5. Once the recording begins, it may not be interrupted.

    For Part 1, students may:

    • Describe the scene or situation objectively
    • Narrate a story about the scene
    • Offer a personal interpretation of the scene

    Part 2 specific details
    The student will be asked questions that will allow him or her to:

    1. to further describe or comment on the visual stimulus
    2. to further discuss on the same topic areas as the stimulus

    Part 3 specific details

    1. This part will begin by the teacher asking 2 questions about the Written assignment
    2. Then the teacher will move on to a discussion with the student on at least any (2) topics found in the syllabus.  The topics chosen will be different from the topics of the visual stimulus and the Written assignment.

    Questions for the Written  assignment:
    These questions are open ended to give students a chance to speak about the Written assignment as broadly as possible.
    Following is an example of questions that students might need to answer:

    1. What is your assignment about?
    2. Why did you choose this topic?
    3. What did you learn about your culture and the Spanish culture?
    4. How did this assignment change your perspective about the Spanish culture?

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