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How much background knowledge is needed to ace an IB language B course, more specifically German B HL? For now, my knowledge of German is consistent with A2 (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). If anyone has any advice on how to prepare for it, I'd be more than grateful.

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Language B may not be as challenging as Language A, but it does require having a strong background in the sense that you need to be able to converse and know your vocabulary or at least be prepared to learn a lot and under worst circumstances, cram.

http://hrsbstaff.ednet.ns.ca/michaelh/H._Michael/IB_Course_Guides_files/French%20B.pdf - check out the criteria. If you feel that you can do it, go ahead. :)

Remember: HL requires reading two works of literature.

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My French seems to be A2 after 2 years of French ab initio in IB. So I think A2 is good enough for language B SL at most. Because you have to be able to read original books in that language and write long essays... I wouldn't go for German B HL if I were you.

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Thanks. I will try to do HL and if I find it too hard, I'll drop it (I am allowed to do so during the first month). However, I really do want to try HL and I would appreciate if you could offer me some advice as to how to prepare, what to study... Thanks in advance :)

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Hello, I'm doing German B HL and I find it a bit challenging, but still very pleasurable. When I started IB my German was something like B1, maybe a little lower, but over one year I learned a lot, so everything is possible :) I would advise you to practice writing when you have time. For me it was very useful to write a lot of essays and give them to the teacher to correct the mistakes. And I always try to use as many as possible new vocabulary and idioms in my essay. Then you learn new vocabulary and have them already in context. It should be also helpful to prepare yourself a list of phrases that can be used in different types of essays (for example: Ich vertrete den Standpunkt..., Das Hauptargument dafuer ist..., man kann daraus die Schlussfolgerung ziehen...) Good luck and don't worry if you will struggle at the beginning. Aller Anfang ist schwer :) .

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