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IBDP Chinese B SL 12: Preparations for the IBDP May 2017 Examinations

Chinese B SL has two components in the IBDP May 2017 Examinations. Paper 1, which is a reading comprehension task, and Paper 2, which is an essay writing task.

Students who are taking the examination need to be proficient in both reading and writing skills to be able to get high IB marks.

This past month, the IBDP Chinese B SL grade 12 class has been focused on building these 2 skills in preparation for the upcoming exams.

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IBDP Psychology 12 HL: Finishing up the option topics

By now, IBDP Psychology students are very familiar with how 22-mark questions (long essays) are assessed. They have accomplished many essays and given feedback every time on what they did correctly and how they can further improve their essay.

Soon, the IBDP Psychology class will review Qualitative Research Methods as well as look back on the Core topics of Biological, Cognitive, and Sociocultural levels of analysis to prepare for Paper 1.

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Chinese 9/10 Standard: Word Web activity

The Chinese word web activity is an effective practice for Chinese learners to make connections between Chinese characters and words. It aids in increased familiarity with a variety of Chinese characters and how these can be used in a wide range of Chinese words. It also reinforces the idea that Chinese words are simply a combination of Chinese characters which will help Chinese learners become more comfortable with a language that is usually seen as daunting and challenging.



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IBDP Chinese B SL 12: Preparation for Paper 2 (Essay Writing)

Now that the Written Assignment and Individual Oral are finished, it is now time to prepare for essay writing using the different text types for Group 2.

Students need to be familiar with the format and tone of the language used for each text type in Group 2 in order to get high marks for this examination.

The text types include:
- Article
- Blog
- Brochure
- Debate
- Diary
- Email
- Formal letter
- Informal letter
- Interview
- Speech

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IBDP Psychology HL 12: Relationships

One of the IBDP Psychology classes is taking up the Psychology of Human Relationships this semester. It’s timely that the topic on the formation and maintenance of relationships would fall on February.

In this option topic, students study the following topics:
- Altruism and prosocial behavior
- Bystanderism
- Origins of attraction
- Formation and maintenance of relationships
- Origins of violence
- Strategies for reducing violence
- Effects of exposure to violence

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IBDP Chinese B 12 SL: Written Assignment and Individual Oral

Before IBDP students prepare for the May External Examinations, they have to accomplish various tasks that are assessed internally and submitted to the IB.

For Language B, students need to accomplish a piece of written work written using one of the many text types used in Group 2 (Foreign Languages) and based on at least three authentic texts, as well as an audio recording where the student will be tested on language production skills and also interactive skills.

These are usually accomplished during the 2nd semester of the final year, when students have already gathered enough skills to be able to effectively produce quality work.

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IBDP Psychology HL 12: What is normal? What is abnormal?

One of the option topics in IBDP Psychology is Abnormal Psychology, where students take up questions such as “How do we know what is normal and what is not?”

The concept of normality and abnormality is a controversial and highly debated topic. Should abnormality be defined as the deviation from the statistical norm? Or should abnormality be defined as deviation from social norms? How about in terms of the accuracy of how a person perceives reality? Or perhaps in terms of how well individuals are able to properly function in multiple aspects in their lives? Should mental illness be considered as part of the medical field? Or should the approach be leaning more towards the cognitive side?

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IBDP Psychology HL 12: Option topics in IBDP Psychology

The IBDP Psychology curriculum provides the students a good variety of option topics where they could apply what they have learned during the first year of the course. This year in CISM, there are two separate IBDP Psychology classes which gave the students more freedom to choose the option topics that they really want to learn.

One class opted for the psychology of human relationships for their first option topic which goes into the formation and maintenance of relationships as well as violence. The second topic chosen was developmental psychology which talks about the development of humans from a variety of perspectives such as cognitive development, identity development, and social development.

On the other hand, the other class opted for health psychology which touches on topics such as health promotion, stress, and obesity. The 2nd option topic chosen was abnormal psychology which is about the biological, cognitive, and sociocultural etiologies of mental disorders as well as the different treatment options available and the strengths and limitations of each.

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IBDP Chinese B 12 SL: Written Assignment

IBDP Language B students are required to submit a written assignment during the 2nd year of the programme. This is a writing task that includes a rationale and the actual essay. Students will look for at least 3 texts in the target language under the topics of communication and media, social relationships, and global issues.

The end of the 1st semester of the final year of the programme is the perfect time to do this task as the student should have already developed the necessary knowledge and skills in the target language. This can be done in the student’s own time outside of regular class hours with some guidance and feedback from the teacher.

After this comes the Individual Oral task to be completed in January, followed by a barrage of mock IB exams.