Giving Categories

Every donor, whether your gift is $10 or $10,000, impacts the story of every student at Stratford Hall. On their behalf, we thank you in advance for your generosity, To show our thanks for gifts of more than $500, members of the Donor Circles are publicly acknowledged in both our print and digital media, as well as in the Report to the Community each year

To ensure we understand your wishes to publicly or privately celebrate your gift, please complete and sign the attached donor card indicating your preference.


Visionaries’ Circle $10,000+
Founders’ Circle $5,000 - $9,999
Head’s Circle $2,500 - $4,999
Sabres’ Circle* $1,000 - $2,499
Friends’ Circle $500 - $999
Supporters’ Circle $25 - $499


*Each year, Stratford Hall supporters who give at the Sabers’ Circle level ($1000 and above) are invited to attend our Annual Fund donor recognition evening.

Group 2: Language Acquisition

French, Mandarin, Spanish (HL, SL, AB)


Description
Group 2 courses 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. At Stratford Hall, we typically offer French HL and SL, and Spanish HL, SL, and Ab Initio. Mandarin HL or SL courses are available if there is interest and students can, alternatively, take a Mandarin Ab Initio language course online.

Core Topics: Grade 11 & 12

Optional Topic: Grade 11 & 12

Communication and Media

Global Issues

Social Relationships

Cultural Diversity

Customs and Traditions

Health

Leisure

Science and Technology


Students taking a Higher Level course study two works of literature.

Language B AB Initito

Grade 11

Grade 12

Individuals and Society

Leisure and Work

Urban and Rural Environments


Objectives and Practices
Higher and Standard Level courses are designed for students with some previous learning of that language. Ab Initio courses are for students who are new to studying the language, or for students who have been identified as having very limited skills in the language. The main focus of each course is on language acquisition and development of language skills. These language skills are developed through the study and use of a range of written and spoken material. Such material will extend from everyday oral exchanges to literary texts, and are related to the culture(s) concerned. The material chosen enables students to develop mastery of language skills and intercultural understanding.

The language is acquired through studying various themes (both core and optional topics). These themes allow students to make connections to their other subjects, foster international mindedness, and develop an understanding for the language and cultures studied.

Students are encouraged to seek opportunities outside of the classroom to enrich their language learning. These may include, travelling, reading in the target language, connecting with students in other countries, and watching films. The most successful students work on the language beyond the classroom and make an effort to communicate in the language as much as possible.

Evaluation
Students will be formatively and summatively assessed, using Stratford Hall’s Approaches to Learning rubric, the course rubrics, and – on report cards – using the DP Group 2 grade descriptors on a scale of 1-7. Students’ final mark out of 7 is based on their achievement on two exams (50%) written at the end of their second year, on one written assignment (20%), on one individual oral (20%), and on one in-class interactive oral (10%).

External Assessment (Ab Initio)

Internal Assessment (Externally Moderated)

Paper 1: 90 minutes, 25% (Ab Initio 30%)

Paper 2: 90 minutes, 25% (Ab Initio, 60 min, 25%)

Written Assignment: 20% (Ab Initio 20%)

Individual Oral: 20% (Ab Initio 25%)

Interactive Oral Activity: 10% (No interactive oral in Ab initio)


School Supported Self-Taught Literature SL


Students whose mother tongue is not English have the option of studying their native language through the School Supported Self-Taught Literature SL course at Stratford Hall. A student must be entirely fluent in the written and spoken language chosen.

The aims, objectives, and practices of the course are identical to our English: Literature HL course; however, students will be responsible for selecting their own works and will work through them independently with the mentorship of a Stratford Hall teacher.

It is highly recommended that students who choose this option also receive support from a tutor who has a strong understanding of the contents of the IB subject guide. As this course is only available at the Standard Level (SL), the number of works studied and evaluation is slightly different from the Higher Level (HL) course. School Supported Self-Taught Literature students will be required to read 10 works instead of 13 and will be formatively and summatively assessed, using Stratford Hall’s Approaches to Learning rubric, the Language A: Literature SL paper 1 and 2 rubrics, and – on report cards – using the DP Group 1 grade descriptors on a scale of 1-7. Students’ final mark out of 7 is based on their achievement on two exams (45%) written at the end of their second year, on one, 1500 word written assignment (25%), and on two oral presentations (30%) completed either in their first or second year.

External Assessment (Ab Initio)

Internal Assessment (Externally Moderated)

Paper 1: 90 minutes, 20%

Paper 2: 90 minutes, 25%

Written Assignment: 25%

Individual Oral Commentary: 15%

Interactive Oral Presentation: 15%

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