The course

  • These pages offer a quick overview of the course. If you are new to teaching the Language and Literature course, this is a good starting point.
  • The course is intended for native or near-native speakers. Language acquisition is not our 'core business', while the subject-specific, academic language of textual analysis is.
  • The Language and Literature course aims to develop critical literacy skills. This includes close reading and textual analysis.
  • The types of texts in this course range from blogs to poems. The definition of 'text' is extremely broad, as anything that conveys meaning.
  • The course aims to develop one's powers of communication. This includes speaking and writing in different contexts.
  • The course aims to make one aware of the importance of context in understanding texts.

Selected Pages

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Getting started 4 October 2012

After reading the Language A: Language and Literature guide, you may ask yourself: 'Where do I begin?' These pages help...
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Principles 19 May 2012

If you were to look at the English A: Language and Literature course as a building, then you would want to know what kind...
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Sequence 16 February 2012

There are a lot of factors to consider when putting a course together: assessment, holidays, timetables, course requirements...
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Selecting texts 16 February 2012

For this course you will want to become a connoisseur of texts, meaning that you will want to collect, compile and study...
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Skills 6 July 2016

The IB Language A: Language and Literature guide points to four assessment objectives, which relate to the skill-set that...
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Planning 30 November 2014

Most teachers are, one way or another, rather new to teaching Language and Literature. Even teachers who have taught...
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