Topics

The IB has stipulated several suggested topics for Part 1. You may want to cover a few of them in depth or more of them in passing. When studying a particular topic, it is important that we have many examples of language in use. In otherwords there should be a strong focus on primary sources. The lessons and activities in the following pages help you explore English in a cultural context. They are aimed to meet the relevant learning outcomes for Part 1 and build the necessary skills for the relevant forms of assessment.

gender (inequality, constructions of masculinity and femininity)
• language and communities (nation/region, subcultures)
• language and the individual (multilingualism/bilingualism, language profile/identity)
• language and power (linguistic imperialism, propaganda)
• history and evolution of the language (disappearing and revival languages, creoles)
• translation (what is added and what is lost)
• language and knowledge (science and technology, argot and jargon)
• language and social relations (social and professional status, race)
• language and belief (religious discourse, mythology)
• language and taboo (swearing, political correctness)
Part 1
 
gender (inequality, constructions of masculinity and femininity)
 
language and communities (nation/region, subcultures)
 
language and the individual (multilingualism/bilingualism, language profile/identity)
 
language and power (linguistic imperialism, propaganda)
 
history and evolution of the language (disappearing and revival languages, creoles) 
 
translation (what is added and what is lost)
 
language and knowledge (science and technology, argot and jargon)
 
language and social relations (social and professional status, race)
 
language and belief (religious discourse, mythology)
 
language and taboo (swearing, political correctness)
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