Adventures in IB: Learning empathy through Language in IB Spanish

December 16, 2020


Learning empathy and understanding through language

In International Baccalaureate Spanish at Purcell Marian, students learn how to read, write, and speak in various contexts. What sets the class apart from a traditional AP language class is that students also gain a deeper understanding of a different culture.
The IB Spanish curriculum is organized around five themes:
  • The nature of the self and how we express who we are
  • Tell the stories of the events, experiences, and journeys that shape our lives.
Human Ingenuity
  • How human creativity and innovation affect our world
Social Organization
  • How groups of people organize themselves or are organized through common systems or interests
Sharing the Planet
  • Explore the challenges and opportunities faced by individuals and communities in the modern world.
By engaging these themes through written, audio, and video mediums, students are immersed in a culture different from their own, which helps mold open-minded and caring students.
Why did you decide to take IB Spanish?
“I wanted a challenge that I knew I was going to need in the future, and I like the way Spanish helps me realize we are all different.” - Briasia '22
"I want to be fluent in Spanish" - Charisma '22
What challenges are you facing?
“Trying to understand the grammar better while learning at such a fast pace.” - Brandon '22
"Learning how to conjugate verbs quicker in my head so that conversations go smoother." - Raimi '22
What risks has IB Spanish asked you to take?
“Giving things a try even when I may not know how to do it or understand." - Bella '21
Advice for students considering the IB Spanish class?
“Make sure that you are patient with yourself and don't be afraid to ask questions to understand why things are the way they are." - Raimi '22
“Practice as much as you can, speak it as much as you can, and ask as many questions as possible.” - Charisma '22
“Stay organized and be on top of your assignments.” - Bella '21
Cavalier Scholars Program

The Pathway to the International Baccalaureate Program at Purcell Marian begins with the Cavalier Scholars Program (CSP) for Freshmen and Sophomores. The CSP will challenge you in ways you may not have experienced as you build a Community of Scholars and more. Click to learn more about the Cavalier Scholars Program.


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