Language B-SL focuses on language acquisition and development of language skills.
Therefore, it is the study of French, Spanish or German as a Foreign Language and is intended for students who have had previous learning of it, approximately a low B1 CEFR level.
Language B Standard level is designed to meet (at the end of the 2-year course) the criteria for CEFR level B2 in the four domains of reading, writing, listening and speaking. During the two-year course, exposure to a wide variety of audio and written material provides students with the opportunity to exercise and develop the four skills mentioned above, and to learn to use the language confidently and competently in various contexts. Students should also have acquired a good understanding of the cultural background of the language they will be studying, as well as the way in which it affects their use of it.
The Language B-SL syllabus approaches the learning of language through meaning. Through the study of the core and the options, students build the necessary skills to reach the assessment objectives of the course through the expansion of their receptive, productive and interactive skills.
The core is divided into three areas and is a required area of study:
• Communication and media
• Global issues
• Social relationships
In addition, teachers select two from the following five options:
• Cultural diversity
• Customs and traditions
• Science and technology
Difference between Language B at Standard Level and Higher Level:
SL and HL are differentiated by the recommended number of teaching hours, the depth of syllabus coverage, the study of literature at HL only, and the level of difficulty and demands of assessment and assessment criteria.
Well, Stuart, it seems you've got imaginative students - and that you've been cultivating that imagination! Anyway, I wouldn't worry at all - examiners are always delighted to see texts which are interesting and genuinely creative (makes a break from the many boring and predictable ones, to be frank!) The key, as I always stress, is that the reasons for the approach should be fully and clearly explained in the rationale - if you write a clear and convincing rationale, you can get away with anything, I feel. (And I'd love to see either or both of these interesting efforts, if possible?)
And yes, at present I am indeed programmed to do the workshop in Berlin in August. Which will be nice, because the last two or three workshops I've done in Berlin have been in the winter - freezing cold and raining, so my image of Berlin is wretched!