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May and November 2022 Exams - Important Announcement – No Paper 2! 21 February 2021

The IB recently sent an email to all IB Coordinators. In it, they said this (among other things): "Due to the continued loss of instructional time which will also have impacted these students, we have... more

Site Reorganization 31 December 2020

As 2020 comes to a close, so too ends the first iteration of the Language and Literature course. With that in mind, we’ve reorganized the site. Please note that nothing of substance has been lost!... more

Best Books of 2020 (July - December) 17 December 2020

As 2020 comes to a close, I wanted to share some recent reads with you. In the past six months, I’ve enjoyed a pretty wide variety of books: nonfiction about race, poker, tennis, and a serial killer;... more

No Moderation for the May 2021 Individual Oral 3 December 2020

For the May 2021 examination session, the Individual Oral will not go through the normal moderation process by the IB. Instead, it will be externally marked by an examiner. You will need to send the... more

Individual Oral: Exemplar 4 (Macbeth and WW1 Propaganda Poster) 19 November 2020

This latest post is for subscribers only. You can access the newest Individual Oral exemplar here or you can go through the top level headings and find it under "Assessment (2021 exams)" then "Individual... more

May 2021 Examination - Weightings 1 October 2020

The IB has released the final weightings for the May 2021 exams. You can find the official document here. Because Paper 2 has been canceled, they had to revise the worth of the remaining assessment... more

Important Announcement – Assessment Changes to May 2021 Exams 12 August 2020

Language and Literature students will no longer sit Paper 2 in the May 2021 examinations. That assessment is out. Full stop. In August of 2020, the IB released a document titled “At a glance: the... more

Best Books (so far) of 2020 18 June 2020

I hope this blog post finds you and your families doing well: safe, healthy, sane, and in good spirits. It’s been an incredibly trying six months, and in that time I have found solace within the books... more

May 2020 Exams Cancelled 27 March 2020

On March 20th, 2020, the International Baccalaureate Organization officially announced the cancellation of IBDP exams in May of 2020. They will not be held. Full stop.Let’s first acknowledge what... more

Giving a Name to a Virus 19 March 2020

Half a century ago, when I was a young child, one of the first things I remember being taught at school was the saying, ‘sticks and stones will break my bones but names will never hurt me’. It was,... more