Introduction to IB English

English IB: Studies in Language and Literature

Group 1 has three courses: Language A: literature, Language A: language and literature and Literature and performance (which is interdisciplinary). Both Language A courses are available at SL and HL. Below is a guide to the structure and assessment of the Language A: literature course.

Language A: Literature (SL/HL)

This course enables teachers to pick works from prescribed lists of authors and it is divided into the following four parts:

Part 1: Works in translation:

SL: Study 2 works in translation from PLT* list

HL: Study 3 works in translation from PLT list

Part 2: Detailed study

SL: Study 2 works of different genres from PLA** list

HL: Study 3 works (1 poetry) of different genre from PLA list

Part 3: Literary genres

SL: Study 3 works of same genre from PLA list

HL: Study 4 works of same genre from PLA list

Part 4: Options (works can be selected)

SL: Study 3 works freely chosen

HL: Study 3 works freely chosen

SL Paper 1 (1.5hrs 20% weighting): Literary analysis of unseen passage with choice of one out of two questions

Paper 2 Essay (1.5hrs 25% weighting): Choose an essay (from choice of three) on 2 works studied fun part 3

Written assignment (25%): Reflective statement and literary essay (1,200-500 wds) on a work studied in part 1

IA: Individual Oral Commentary (15%): Oral commentary based on extract of a work studied in Part 2

Individual Oral Presentation (15%): Presentation based on works studied in part 4 (internally assessed and externally moderated through part 2 internal assessment task)

HL Paper 1 (2hrs 20% weighting): Literary commentary on prose OR poetry passage

Paper 2 Essay (2hrs 25% weighting): Choice of one (from 3) question, essay based on at least 2 works studied in part 3

Written assignment (25%): Reflective statement and literary essay (1,22-500 wds) on a work studied in part 1

IA: Individual Oral Commentary and discussion (15%): On poetry studied in part 2 with following questions, then a discussion based on an other part 2 work

Individual Oral Presentation (15%): Presentation based on works studied in part 4

Assessment Objectives:

    1. Knowledge and Understanding
    1. Analysis, Synthesis and Evaluation (HL will need to discuss literary techniques in depth)
  1. Selection and use of appropriate language and presentation skills (HL will need to give more detailed literary commentary)

*PLT: Prescribed literature in translation list

**PLA: Prescribed list of authors