English Language and Literature International Baccalaureate Course Overview

Studying the texts produced in a language is a fascinating window into the culture, beliefs, traditions and events of different societies. Language A: language and literature involves students in the examination of how meaning is created, in context, through written English and in turn enables them to create their own meaning in their writing.

On this course students develop an understanding of how to interpret written and spoken English texts from a wide range of literary forms (e.g. prose, drama, poetry, etc) and non-literary text types, including those viewed in the media (e.g. blogs, articles, journals and so on). They also hone their ability to critically analyse English texts, language choice, the writer’s intention and the effect of texts in context through the study of between 4 and 6 literary works from across different eras, forms and regions. Examining the writer’s craft is central, with students engaging with various elements of stylistic, rhetorical, literary and performance craft.

This broad study of literature and text types yields an understanding of how language, culture and context determine meaning, with the course assessed through written papers and oral presentation of student’s analysis of literary and non-literary work. Higher level students also produce a piece of coursework examining texts in more depth.

The specific texts studied is subject to planning undertaken each year to ensure students study some of the very best that has been written. The language A: language and literature English course ensures students understand the complex and dynamic nature of language, whilst enjoying the study of great works that reflect the human experience and shape our world. Students will consider their own interpretations and how they are affected by culture and experience, whilst also engaging with various critical perspectives. Aside from this analytical appreciation, students also develop their listening, speaking, reading, writing and presenting aptitude, skills that support their study elsewhere on the IB Diploma.

Example course units:

  • Readers, writers and texts
  • Time and space
  • Intertextuality: connecting texts

Assessment

The course is made up of both externally assessed examinations and an internally assessed portfolio. King’s InterHigh will support with guidance around where external exams may be sat. These exams are sat at the end of the two year programme.

External Exams:

  • Paper 1: Guided textual analysis Guided analysis of unseen non-literary passage/passages from different text types.
  • Paper 2: Comparative essay Comparative essay based on two literary works written in response to a choice of one out of four questions.
  • HL essay: Written coursework component on one literary work or a non-literary body of work studied.

Internal Portfolio:

  • A prepared oral response on the way that one literary work and one non-literary body of work studied have approached a common global issue.

Studying online

Learning IB English Language and Literature online allows students to enjoy the following features:

  • Virtual Reality (VR) learning opportunities to immerse student in visual stimulus and other subject content.
  • Live, responsive teaching and feedback in small classes.
  • High academic standards and levels of support.
  • Positive learning culture and systems for communication.
  • 24/7 access to course resources and lessons, recorded and catalogued.
  • A flexible, international, high energy learning experience.
  • Experienced, subject specialist teachers to both Standard and Higher level.
English Language and Literature
International Baccalaureate
Online, real-time classrooms, 24/7 access to curriculum
September

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