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MYP Filipino B
The approach to studying Filipino in the first two years of the High School is that of a second language. As such, students will be exposed to a variety of experiences that will allow them to experience, learn, and practice the use of the language.
The objective to language teaching is communicative competence using developmentally appropriate activities and material. The language is taught in phases, aiming to achieve accuracy before fluency. Thus, a progression of skills will create a foundation strong enough for the students to develop listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills.
At this level, students will be expected to understand and follow a deliberate monolingual
conversation in formal situations, using their knowledge of a range of vocabulary and idioms.
They will be required to communicate orally with near-standard pronunciation given certain
parameters, cognizant of register and its effect on language. They will read a variety of texts in the
language, focusing on short novels, and will be expected to recognize structural elements present in them. Writing output will include simply poetry, well-written organized essays, short research reports, and simple stories.
For their final year in the Middle Years Programme, students of Filipino will engage in monolingual conversations in both formal and informal situations, using their knowledge of a wide range of idioms and vocabulary. They will be expected to deliver a formal oral commentary on both fiction and
nonfiction, and to begin to exhibit the techniques and styles employed by native speakers of the
language. They will continue to independently read a variety of texts, and will now be expected to
recognize and understand the role of structural elements found in a text. At the end of the course,
written work will include short stories with complex plots, personal responses to other people’s
opinions as stated in written work such as editorials, and research papers. Style and register are expected to be appropriately and consistently applied in both oral and written tasks.DP Filipino A Literature
Filipino A Literature introduces students to the techniques in literary analysis, and empowers students to form independent literary judgments. Students completing this course will encounter a range of texts and multicultural perspectives. They will also analyze literary texts, and support their arguments in clearly expressed, critical writing.
The course will enable students to succeed in a wide range of courses offered in Philippine universities, particularly in literature, but also in philosophy, Philippine studies, and language.
This course may be taken in lieu of a Language B or Language ab initio in the Diploma Programme. Students enrolled in Filipino A are candidates for receipt of the IB