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Topicsfree18 July 2014

The IB has stipulated several suggested topics for Part 2, which you can find on pages 19-20 of the Language A: Language and Literature guide. You may want to cover a few of them in depth or more of... more

EE Category 1 (Great Expectations)4 July 2014

This Extended Essay is a Group 1, Category 1 Extended Essay. That is, it is the study of a literary work – in this instance Charles Dickens’ widely known and highly regarded novel Great Expectations... more

EE Category 1 (The Virgin Suicides)4 July 2014

This Extended Essay is a Group 1, Category 1 Extended Essay. That is, it is the study of a literary work – in this instance Jeffrey Eugenides’ 1993 novel The Virgin Suicides – originally written... more

How To Write About Africa20 June 2014

Understanding the reader’s response to a text requires students to fundamentally appreciate that they already have established and evolving preconceptions. They are not blank slates. This is a critical... more

WT2 Q3 (A Streetcar Named Desire)13 June 2014

The following Written Task 2 (HL) Critical Response addresses the prompt ‘how and why is a social group represented in a particular way’? The question comes from the ‘power and privilege’ area... more

Zones of Proximity: An Activity for Discussing Tone6 June 2014

In conducting IOCs with students, you may ask them in follow-up questions to discuss the tone of their extract, particularly if they have not tackled this in their own initial presentation. Students... more

Introducing Literature in Context: A Summer Activity29 May 2014

The following scheme of work is designed to introduce students to reading literature in context. The lessons have been designed to prepare students for their study of English Language and Literature.... more

Paper 1 (SL) The Rings of Saturn23 May 2014

This commentary responds to an extract from W.G. Sebald’s The Rings of Saturn. The extract is reasonably short, and requires close reading to tease out its subtleties. Recent SL examinations have... more

The IOC: A Student's Guide to Preparing and Presenting1 May 2014

The Individual Oral Commentary is a challenging task. The nature of the assessment component can exert considerable pressure on students. Teachers should not overlook this, and should do all they can... more

Paper 1 (SL) How to Attract Women25 April 2014

This commentary refers to the advertisement ‘how to attract women without even trying’. Arguably, the somewhat sexually explicit nature of the advertisement makes it a rather improbable candidate... more