Author(s): Mike Thacker
Due March 2012 Spanish for the IB Diploma is a brand new suite of resources to make teaching IB Spanish simple and rewarding. It caters for Language B - for students learning Spanish as a second language but at an advanced level. The authors have consulted widely on the needs of such teachers and students and have a built a course that delivers the ideal mix of: - culturally appropriate stimulus material - clear explanation of grammar - development of appropriate vocabulary - student tasks for all range of abilities - print based, audio and web based support material combined together into a coherent course that gradually builds students' confidence and skills. The course is based around the desired 'learner profile' of the IB student: - developing 'global citizens' with an international perspective but also keen to serve in their local community - students who are keen to communicate with and understand people of other cultures - a sense of creativity in their approach to learning and interest in literature and the arts - independence of thought, critical thinking and problem-solving . At every stage opportunities for developing understanding of the Theory of Knowledge are highlighted.
About the author:
Mike Thacker, former Director of the Language Centre at the University of Surrey; Chair of Examiners in Spanish for a major awarding body Sebastian Bianchi is Teaching By-Fellow in Spanish at Churchill College, University of Cambridge. A highly experienced teacher and author John Bates (consultant): former teacher of IB Spanish in UK; and Chair of Examiners in Spanish. He has run courses for teachers of Spanish in UK, Trinidad, The Bahamas, Argentina, Chile and the United States.