The underlying principle of requiring the study of a second language is to promote cultural understanding through language and, in this case, an understanding of other cultures through the study of other languages. BSGE offers Chinese, French, and Spanish. 7th and 8th grade students will study Chinese and switch to either French or Spanish in their 9th grade year. 9th grade students may have a choice between French and Spanish and are expected to continue with the same language from ninth to twelfth grade so that they are able to communicate fairly well by they time they graduate (due to scheduling constraints only one option may be available on a given year). This also ensures that students acquire the necessary skills to succeed in the IB courses. The main focus of the courses is on language acquisition and the development of skills. While most 11th and 12th grade students will study language B, which emphasizes basic language acquisition, a few students will be able to take language A2, which is designed for students with an already high level of competence in the target language. Language A2 courses are based firmly on the study of both language and literature. The main focus of these courses is on the reinforcement and refinement of language skills.
The BSGE Language department shares its goals with the IB Diploma program and aims to:
Encourage, through the study of texts and through social interaction, an awareness and appreciation of the
Different perspectives of people from other cultures
Develop students’ awareness of the relationship between the languages and cultures with which they are familiar.
Language B Department Teachers
Language B Department Classes