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The Politics of Learning and Living with English4 June 2015

As individuals, we grow up speaking a language or languages. It is generally agreed that we are hardwired to speak. Simultaneously, the language we learn is the outcome of complex and ongoing negotiations... more

Language and Laughter21 May 2015

Laughter may not be the best medicine, but it’s probably one of the better ones. If some studies are to be believed, it may be the case that laughter may compare to good diet and regular exercise in... more

EE Category 1 (Lewis Carroll)7 May 2015

This Extended Essay is a Group 1, Category 1 Extended Essay. Unlike previous Category 1 essays published on the site, this essay is comparative, comparing and contrasting Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s... more

Comparative Commentaries to Go: Singapore17 April 2015

Lee Kuan Yew the founding father of Singapore died on March 23rd 2015. He was, it is generally acknowledged, the individual most responsible for Singapore’s meteoric transformation. This year, Singapore... more

Guiding questionsfree10 April 2015

Before the actual individual oral commentary, there are 20 minutes to prepare the passage that has been selected. Each passage is accompanied by two guiding questions. Answering the guiding questions,... more

V is for Taboo11 March 2015

PLEASE NOTE: THIS PAGE IS ABOUT SWEARING. IT WILL, THEREFORE, INCLUDE WORDS THAT ARE GENERALLY CONSIDERED SWEAR WORDS. THIS IS INEVITABLE IF SWEARING IS TO BE DISCUSSED MEANINGFULLY. HOWEVER, THE WEBSITE... more

WT1 Samplesfree1 February 2015

On the following pages you find a wide range of sample written tasks. As many of us learn through example, you will want to study the good samples carefully and avoid the mistakes that have been made... more

EE Category 1 (The House of Blue Mangoes)20 January 2015

This Extended Essay is a Group 1, Category 1 Extended Essay. That is, it is the study of a literary work – in this instance David Davidar’s debut novel The House of Blue Mangoes – originally written... more

Competition Time!13 January 2015

As the website has grown in size, more subscribers and ever more words, so too has the postbag grown. Most mail is from subscribers seeking guidance or clarification. Some subscribers wish to say ‘thanks... more

Jargon4 January 2015

Jargon is the special technical language of any trade, profession, branch, or scholarship. Jargon may sometimes be used, like euphemism, for the purpose of obfuscation. more