Language B

IB Spanish B Textbooks

IB Spanish B: 2nd Edition
Author: Ana Valbuena and Suso Rodriquez Blanco
Pages: 208
Levels: SL and HL
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This guide (updated for the latest Language B syllabus) helps students prepare for the IB assessments. Exam-style questions for each paper are clearly presented alongside the marking criteria and advice for providing the best answers. This book is written by three IB examiners.

IB Spanish B: Skills and Practice: For the IB diploma
Author: Ana Valbuena and Suso Rodriquez Blanco
Pages: 208
Levels: SL and HL
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This is the skills and practice book to accompany the above textbook (and is written by the same authors), focusing on exam technique and featuring dozens of practice questions and activities. This guide provides students with plenty of help and advice for approaching the new-style Language B assessments.

EspaƱol B (Student book)
Author: Prentice Hall
Pages: 416
Levels: SL and HL
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This weighty (and quite expensive) book covers the new language B requirements. It also provides online support material, though it should be noted that much of the frequently-updated multimedia content (“Exclusiva”) must be purchased separately on a subscription basis; this might put some people off.

French B Textbooks

French B
Author: Christine Trumper and John Israel
Pages: 376
Levels: SL and HL
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A generally well-regarded French B textbook, which is what you would expect from Oxford University Press. As with many of Oxford’s books, the content has been divided into a textbook and a separate skills and practice book. Nevertheless, this book still contains a large number of practice exercises and activities to help students cement their learning.

IB French B: Skills and Practice: For the IB diploma
Author: Ann Abrioux, Pascale Chretien, Nathalie Fayaud
Pages: 208
Levels: SL and HL
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This is the skills and practice book to accompany the above textbook, focusing not on content but on exam practice and technique. As such it contains a number of exercises written in a similar style to the IB exam questions, plus explanations of good and bad techniques.

French B: Student book (Pearson)
Author: Marie-Laure Delvallee
Pages: 208
Levels: Core (SL and HL) plus some HL options
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Pearson’s French B book. Updated for the most recent IB syllabus, the book covers all core material but only some of the HL options topics. Like many of Pearson’s book, there is an accompanying website with interactive material – which is quite useful for language learning. A separate teacher’s book is also available (see below).

IB English B Textbooks

English B for the IB Diploma
Author: Brad Philpot
Levels: SL and HL
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This is an upcoming book, so as we have not seen a copy yet we are unable to comment on it. It is available for pre-order from several suppliers however.

English B
Author: Aldin, Tempakka, et al
Pages: 448
Levels: SL and HL
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This recently released textbook covers all aspects of the new language B course. The authors have included a wide range of activities and tasks to help students learn English.

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