- Language ab initio provides students with the necessary skills and intercultural understanding to enable them to communicate successfully in an environment where the language studied is spoken.
- Encourages the learner to go beyond the confines of the classroom, expanding an awareness of the world and fostering respect for cultural diversity.
- Develops students’ linguistic abilities through the development of receptive, product and interactive skills by providing them opportunities to respond and interact appropriately in a defined range of everday situations.
- Intercultural understanding: ability to demonstrate an understanding of cultural diversity and/or similarity between the target culture(s) and the student’s own.
- Develop students’ intercultural understanding
- Enable students to understand and use the language they have studied in a range of contexts and for a variety of purposes
- Encourage, via 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 role of language in relation to other areas of knowledge
- Develop students’ awareness of the relationship between the languages and cultures with which they are familiar
- Provide students with a basis for further study, work and leisure through the use of an additional language
- Provide the opportunity for enjoyment, creativity and intellectual stimulation through knowledge of an additional language
Each language ab initio course has its own language-specific syllabus
The three common elements in each syllabus are:
- Vocabulary lists under topic headings
- A list of prescribed grammar
- A list of the instructions for the written examination papers
The language ab initio syllabus comprises three interconnected areas:
- To what extent does membership of a group(a cultural group, a gender group or another group) affect how we come to linguistic knowledge?
- Are there factors to consider between individuals within a group and between groups?
- To what extent does the learning environment have an impact on the way an additional language is acquired?
- How is perception encoded differently in different languages(for example, color orientation)? What does this tell us about the relationship between perception, culture, reality and truth?
- How are values encoded differently in different languages?
Receptive skills. Understanding of four written texts. Text-handling exercises
Productive skills. Two compulsary writing exercises
A piece of writing 200-300 words, in the target language carried out under teacher guidance
Interactive skills. Presentation, follow-up questions and general conversation