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The course building balloon debate12 October 2013

Debate skills are commonly agreed to be a key ingredient for career success in any area of endeavor, and debate is a collaborative activity encouraged across the IB curriculum. This teaching idea introduces... more

Language and belief7 October 2013

One of the suggested topics from the Language A: Language and Literature guide is 'language and belief'. People use language to express their beliefs and persuade others to believe their convictions.... more

Criteriafree3 October 2013

Before you conduct a further oral activity, you should become familiar with the corresponding assessment criteria. You can become familiar with the criteria through self-assessment, peer assessment... more

P2 HL (The Bell Jar and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest)28 September 2013

Straight off, you are about to read a great essay. The student responds to question 5 - Context – ‘historical, cultural, or social – can have an influence on the way literary works are written... more

Black and white23 September 2013

When writers write they have a target audience in mind. The language used by the writer appeals to a certain community or social group. How does the language of a text define its target audience? more

Characters and context23 September 2013

This lesson shows how you can compare the characters from a novel to the real-life people from an author's life. Below you find a passage from The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, which is an excellent... more

Sample course outline20 September 2013

The following course outline was developed by a teacher working together with a class of students. It was originally developed for an A2 group (A2 being the course from which the current Language A:... more

Language, Gender, and Power19 September 2013

Each of us is enculturated. This is a lifelong process in which our identities are formed. Through enculturation, we learn many things. Not least, perhaps, we learn gendered identities of what it is... more

Build the course13 September 2013

When engaging in any cognitive exercise, people experience better results if they have a sense of autonomy. As a step in raising student autonomy in your language and literature classroom, try this lesson... more

WT SL (Digging)5 September 2013

The following Written Task is published in memory of Seamus Heaney. This week, whilst reading Arthur Miller’s All My Sons, I noticed the character of Joe Keller, described in the stage directions... more