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The InThinking Lang & Lit website is the single most useful resource I have found. Not only does it provide ideas and resources for teaching and learning but also the samples of answers are a great help.

David Preece, International School of Phnom Penh, Cambodia

In a curriculum that is as wide ranging and widespread as IB DP English Language A: Language and Literature, the InThinking website not only gives good advice on how to construct a scheme of work, but provides valuable support for the teaching and revision...

Maggie Mangan, Anglo Mexican Foundation, Mexico

I have found the InThinking website tremendously helpful as a relative newcomer to the English Language and Literature course. I have found nearly all aspects of the site useful--the suggested lesson plans (especially for Parts 1 and 2), the sample coursework...

Attilee Dalene, Arendal videregaaende skole, Norway

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  • 22 Sep David McIntyre
    Requirements (first exam in 2018)
    Hi Leslie, Comic books (or 'graphic novels', the term preferred in the PRL) are acceptable for category 1 or 2 EEs. They would also be suitable as category 3 works if the approach to the texts was particularly 'linguistic'. On the basis of...
  • 22 Sep Leslie Fleetwood
    Requirements (first exam in 2018)
    Hi David/Tim, have a student writing an EE on 2 authors' characterisation of Miles Morals (Spiderman). Originally, the student was going to write about 2 graphic novels. All of a sudden I realise that these are "comic books"??? Are Comic books...
  • 22 Sep Tim Pruzinsky
    Individual oral
    Hi Anne, Yes, that is a great use for them! As for "inequality," I think you are probably correct that it is a bit broad. Specifying what type of inequality, and if I'm not mistaken the student does talk about class/wealth inequality very...
  • 22 Sep Tim Pruzinsky
    Individual oral
    Hi Jackline, The IB doesn't tell us. You'll have to teach/study enough of them for students to be able to do the assessment task (IO and/or HLE). As well, you'll want to have studied enough of them so that there is some variety. As for...
  • 21 Sep Anne LaGrand
    Individual oral
    Thanks for the response - that's what I expected. However, it would be possible (and maybe even advised) to use them for a mock IO? Also - one more question. I'm trying to solidify my understanding of the correct level of specificity for the...
  • 21 Sep Jackline Malaba
    Individual oral
    Hi Tim How many images can make a body of work? ie cartoons, photos
  • 21 Sep David McIntyre
    Course Construction: Q&A
    Hi Damian, Films, for the purpose of course construction, are literary works. However, works used for the IO must be part of the course your students have studied. If you have watched/studied 'Catch Me if You Can', no problem. If you haven't,...
  • 21 Sep Damian Addington
    Course Construction: Q&A
    Hi Tim, One of my students wants to choose the the movie "Catch Me if You Can" as his non-literary work for his IO. He is choosing this on the basis that it is book based on the early life exploits of Frank Abagnale Jr written in his his memoir....
  • 21 Sep Tim Pruzinsky
    Course Construction: Q&A
    Hi Lisette, Because students get to choose their non-literary text, literary work, and global issue, there will be so many different combinations for the IO. I wouldn't worry about the IO. I also wouldn't worry about the Higher Level Essay....
  • 21 Sep Tim Pruzinsky
    Individual oral
    Hi Anne, It's my understanding that that is not possible. Students should use one of the six literary works that were part of the official IB syllabus. Of course, InThinking is not the IB and if you want a final call on this, you'll have...
  • 20 Sep Lisette El Hage
    Course Construction: Q&A
    Hello David and Tim. I hope you are both well. I have a strange question (to me at least). I have a cohort of 27 students in one class and will not be split for sure. I was thinking of the assessment they need to do, particularly IAs, and even...
  • 20 Sep Anne LaGrand
    Individual oral
    Hi Tim and David - I understand the issue about the non-literary and literary texts, but must the students choose one of the "official" 6 texts that are submitted as our curriculum? We read a couple other texts in class that weren't part of...