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Comparative Commentaries to Go: At the HofbräuhausfreeSun 26 March 2017

If you are a teacher of English Language and Literature, you will have read a lot. And then some. So, it may be challenging for you to identify a favourite book; a book that is, in your informed estimation,... more

Post-Truth, Alternative Facts, and Fake News - Part 1freeSun 26 March 2017

How do IB Language and Literature teachers respond to fake news, alternative facts, and a supposedly post-truth landscape? We continue to do what we have always done: help students navigate the world... more

RewritingThu 9 March 2017

A creative way to encourage students to become interested in the choices writers make is to ask them to rewrite a text or text extract. This could be done by substituting one genre for another. However,... more

WT1 HL S6 (The Black Cat)Thu 2 March 2017

Written Task 1 is a bit like the Wild West: wide open, extremely exciting and well, potentially very dangerous. Students have an almost unlimited number of options and possibilities available to them.... more

Controversy: Adele versus Beyonce Thu 16 February 2017

At the 59th Annual Grammy Awards on February 12th, 2017, Adele swept all five categories in which she was nominated. Most controversial was her win in album of the year over Beyonce's "Lemonade." In... more

2016 Paper 1 (HL) Chevrolet CarsThu 9 February 2017

The November 2016 HL Paper 1 exam included a surprise. Instead of two different text types, united through a shared theme or concern, one of the pairings presented two (different) advertisements, both... more

2016 Paper 1 (SL) "Diary: Listening to the Heart"Tue 7 February 2017

This commentary comes from the May 2016 Standard Level Paper 1 exam. It analyzes the text "Diary: Listening to the Heart” by Gavin Francis in the London Review of Books. You can find a link to the... more

The Orator: 21 QuestionsThu 26 January 2017

On the 21st of January 2009, I drove my car into my yard, and parked it just outside my house. Typical for northern Sweden in January, it was cold and snowy outside, and so I left my car engine running... more

"I, too, sing America": 5 Significant Michelle Obama SpeechesThu 19 January 2017

As the Obama era comes to a close in the United States, much has been made - and rightly so - about his abilities as an orator. Websites and newspapers are ranking his top speeches, comparing them to... more

2016 P2 SL (Hedda Gabler and Master Harold and the Boys)Fri 13 January 2017

Question number one from the May 2016 Paper 2 exam is a tough one: “Identify some of the forms intolerance can take, and discuss how its effects on both the victims and the intolerant are presented... more