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Spanish ab Initio Internal Assessment

We have been talking about the format of the IA for Spanish ab Initio and the requirements that have to be followed. Today I want to analyze a bit more this assessment from the teacher perspective based on the structure provided in the Subject Guide (below). One of the most important things experience has taught me is that you have to practice this type of exam. Don't use always the same questions but you can try using same topics, similar kind of questions...

Supervised preparation time
The students receives two previously unseen stimuli and selects one for the presentation
15 minutes
Part 1: Presentation
Presentation of a visual stimulus by the student
(approximately) 1–2 minutes
Part 2: Questions
Follow-up with questions on the visual stimulus
(approximately) 2–3 minutes
Part 3: Conversation
At least two questions on the written assignment followed by general conversation on a broad range of topics
(approximately) 4–5 minutes

What can I do to help my students score the highest on this exam?

Part 1

Presentation (approx. 2 minutes)

If you are a teacher make sure your visual stimulus comply with the guide's requirements. An effective visual stimulus should:
  • allow the student to describe a scene or situation objectively
  • allow the student to narrate a story
  • allow the student to offer a personal interpretation of that scene or situation
  • enable the teacher to lead the student into a wider conversation
  • be relevant to the age range of the students
  • be relevant to the topics prescribed in the syllabus
  • be culturally relevant to the language studied

Part 2

The teacher’s questions on the visual stimulus 
(approximately 2–3 minutes)

The teacher should then engage the student in conversation arising from the visual stimulus. This conversation should not be limited to a simple question and answer format.

We have to pay attention to the questions we make. Our questions should:
  • encourage the student to describe and comment on the visual stimulus
  • encourage the student to comment further on the visual stimulus
  • provoke discussion on the same topic area as the stimulus
  • Some questions or phrases we can use to make sure our questions are relevant are:
    • ¿Qué piensas sobre _____ ?
    • ¿Qué te parece ____ 
    • Desde tu punto de vista ____
    • ¿Cuál es tu opinión acerca de ____ ?

Part 3

A general conversation (approximately 4–5 minutes)

This should begin with at least two questions on the written assignment and move on to a discussion on a broad range of topics (at least two topics) from the prescribed list in the language ab initio syllabus content. The topics selected for discussion should be different from that of the visual stimulus and the written assignment.

These questions should be open and are intended to give the student an opportunity to talk about the written assignment as openly as possible. The following list is not exhaustive and any two may be used by the teacher in this part of the individual oral.

• What is your written assignment about?
• Why did you choose this as your written assignment?
• What did you learn from the written assignment?

In Spanish:
- ¿Cuál es el tema de tu trabajo escrito? = ¿Sobre qué va tu trabajo escrito?
- ¿Porqué te decidiste por este tema? = ¿Qué te hizo elegir este tema?
- ¿Qué has aprendido haciendo tu trabajo escrito? 

The teacher should then tell the student that the assessment is moving towards a more general conversation by using, for example, one of the following statements.
Let’s now talk about other things
We’ll now talk more generally.
I’d like to ask you some questions about other things.

In Spanish:
- Ahora vamos a hablar de otras cosas.
- Me gustaría hacerte algunas preguntas sobre otros temas.
- Permíteme que te haga algunas preguntas sobre otros temas.

Related links:
  • All you need to know about Spanish ab Initio [web]
  • IA at a glance [pdf]
  • Resources based on the IB format [web]
  • Rubrics for Spanish ab Initio [web]

What we learn with pleasure we never forget.
Alfred Mercier

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