Language Acquisition (Spanish or Mandarin)
The primary aim of International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (MYP) Language Acquisition is to encourage students to gain competence in a modern language with the long-term goal of bilingualism. It is our hope that students will continue their world language studies in the IB Diploma Programme in 11th and 12th grades.
Pacific Beach Middle IB offers:
Beginning Mandarin (6th grade only)
*Mandarin 1-2 (7th and 8th grade only - high school credit)
Beginning Spanish (6th grade)
Spanish for Spanish Speakers (6th grade)
Spanish 1-2 (high school credit)
*Spanish 1-2 for Spanish Speakers (high school credit)
*Spanish 3-4 (high school credit)
*Spanish 3-4 for Spanish Speakers (high school credit)
*Students are enrolled based on their ability to read, write, listen, speak and comprehend the Spanish language.
Transition to Common Core State Standards
New standards, called Common Core State Standards, are on the way. They are designed for all students in California, beginning in the 2014-2015 school year. Both Common Core (CC) for Language Arts and the National Standards for Learning Languages (NSLL) have the same four strands: reading; writing; speaking and listening; and language (grammar). In addition, language learning standards focus on four areas: cultures; connections; comparisons; communities. The strands and areas in both CC and NSLL also align with our International Baccalaureate objectives for Language Acquisition.