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Group 2: language acquisition

It is a requirement of the programme that students study at least one subject from group 2.

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The main emphasis of the modern language courses is on the acquisition and use of language in a range of contexts and for different purposes while, at the same time, promoting an understanding of another culture through the study of its language.

Three subjects are available to accommodate students’ interest in and previous experience of language study. The first two subjects are offered in a number of languages.

Modern Languages

  • Language ab initio courses are for beginners (that is, students who have little or no previous experience of learning the language they have chosen). These courses are only available at standard level.
  • Language B courses are intended for students who have had some previous experience of learning the language. They may be studied at either higher level or standard level.


Classical languages

  • Latin or Classical Greek coursework provides opportunities for students to study the language, literature and culture of ancient Rome or Greece.


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"The focus on global issues, world understanding, and the integration of these areas into the curriculum, provides IB students at Lee's Summit High School with a unique opportunity to view the world beyond the landlocked Midwestern United States."

Carleda Williams, Diploma Programme coordinator, Lee’s Summit High School, Missouri, USA