The course

  • These pages offer a quick overview of the course. If you are new to teaching the Language and Literature course, this is a good starting point.
  • The course is intended for native or near-native speakers. Language acquisition is not our 'core business', while the subject-specific, academic language of textual analysis is.
  • The Language and Literature course aims to develop critical literacy skills. This includes close reading and textual analysis.
  • The types of texts in this course range from blogs to poems. The definition of 'text' is extremely broad, as anything that conveys meaning.
  • The course aims to develop one's powers of communication. This includes speaking and writing in different contexts.
  • The course aims to make one aware of the importance of context in understanding texts.

Selected Pages


Getting started Thursday 4 October 2012

After reading the Language A: Language and Literature guide, you may ask yourself: 'Where do I begin?' These pages help...


Principles Saturday 19 May 2012

If you were to look at the English A: Language and Literature course as a building, then you would want to know what...


Sequence Thursday 16 February 2012

There are a lot of factors to consider when putting a course together: assessment, holidays, timetables, course requirements...


Selecting texts Thursday 16 February 2012

For this course you will want to become a connoisseur of texts, meaning that you will want to collect, compile and study...

Skills Wednesday 6 July 2016

The IB Language A: Language and Literature guide points to four assessment objectives, which relate to the skill-set that...

Planning Sunday 30 November 2014

Most teachers are, one way or another, rather new to teaching Language and Literature. Even teachers who have...

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Comments 4

Malin Andersson 11 May 2016 - 10:41

Dear Sonali and David,
My reflection on the choices of literature is that both parts are male centred; there are no female authors and very few female perspectives. Just like David, I do not challenge your text selection, but it is important to consider not only time and culture but also gender.

Best regards,

Abdes Kaur 23 July 2016 - 16:18

Dearest David and Tim

Please accept my sincerest gratitude for the constant support and guidance.
2016-17 was my first time ever teaching Langu age and Literature. My students recent results were outstanding , beyond my expectations.
Would not have been able to do it without the wealth of resources on this site and your prompt feedback whenever I raised a query or concern.
Once again thank you from.the bottom of my heart and keep up this amazing work.
My class average was 5.85
Best regards

David McIntyre 28 July 2016 - 09:39

Thanks for the kind comments, Abdes. Tim and I hope that the site will continue to be of use over time, and that you and your students feel that it remains helpful to your continued success.

Best regards,


Jane Hazle 20 January 2017 - 17:05

David and Tim,
Our school is new to IB this year. We have set up Eng Lang and Lit so that students complete Parts 1/4 in 11th grade and 2/3 in 12th grade. We are still trying to decide whether it is better to have a single teacher follow a cohort of students through both years and all four parts or to have 11th grade teachers for Parts 1/4 and 12th grade teachers for Parts 2/3.
What are your opinions on these two structural options?
Thank you,

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