Assessment

  • In these pages you can find all you need to know about assessment for the English A: Language and Literature course.
  • For each form of assessment, the basic requirements have been outlined in detail. 
  • Useful tips on how to approach each form of assessment have also been included. 
  • A bank of sample responses, specimen papers and recordings of internal assessment are provided. 
  • Prepare for exams by applying the assessment criteria to the sample responses.
  • Many lessons can be found in this section to help develop the necessary skills for each form of assessment.

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Paper 1 8 June 2017

Paper 1 is a (comparative) textual analysis of one or two unseen texts. This section provides various ideas to develop the...
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Tips 4 September 2016

Like everything in this course, further oral activities require skills that can be developed and perfected with time and...
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Further oral activity 10 August 2015

For Parts 1 and 2 students will be asked to conduct several further oral activities (FOA). These activities can be based...
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Criteria 3 October 2013

Before you conduct a further oral activity, you should become familiar with the corresponding assessment criteria. You...
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Written tasks 8 February 2013

Throughout this course, you will build a portfolio of written tasks. There are two types of written tasks, known as written...
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Skills 3 May 2012

The further oral activity tests various skills. As the course aims to develop the powers of expression and communication,...
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Comments 13

elizabeth smith 12 February 2018 - 19:38

Dear Tim

I am always nervous about the selection of texts and I wanted to run the following with you:

Paper 2: A Doll's House( Translation), A Handmaid's Tale and either The Great Gatsby or The Color Purple.

IOC: A Streetcar Named Desire, Plath Poems and The Tempest.

As always, your guidance will be much appreciated.

Kind Regards

Elizabeth

Tim Pruzinsky 13 February 2018 - 21:37

Hi Elizabeth,

These text choices look good to me. You have a variety of genres, a variety of time periods, and a variety of places.

Since you are between two texts for Paper 2, why not give your students the option to vote on which text the whole class should study?

Best,
Tim

elizabeth smith 22 March 2018 - 08:14

Dear Tim

Can I check the rubrics with you please.

My HL student has completed for WT1 a diary response to the novel Lucy ( used for the IOC) and for her WT2 she has used the theme of gender ( studied as part of Part 1) and used Oprah Winfrey`s Golden Globe Speech as her source text. The question she focused on was how and why social groups are ......

As she has responded on different parts of the course, does this meet the IB`s requirements?

Kind Regards

Elizabeth

Tim Pruzinsky 22 March 2018 - 23:49

Hi Elizabeth,

That sounds fine to me - Part 4 literature was submitted for WT1 and a Part 1 (language and gender) was submitted for WT2. If this is for a May 2018 exam session student, do know that all of the WTs were due on March 15th to the IB system.

Best,
Tim

elizabeth smith 27 March 2018 - 14:17

Dear Tim
Thank you very much. It all worked out deadline met and the WTs met the rubrics. I was just having a momentary panic.

Could I please have some advice on how students should approach a question like this. When I look at the wording I am clear about what they have to do if they choose to write about how `both` statements are true of their chosen texts. It is the `either`that is misleading. Can they mix and match or do they have to chose one of the statements which fits both texts?

Sorry.... I do hope this makes sense.

Best Wishes

Elizabeth

Tim Pruzinsky 28 March 2018 - 00:26

Hi Elizabeth,

Good to hear that everything worked out in the end! As for your question, I'm not entirely following what you're asking. Can you please provide the question itself as that will help me understand what you're asking? Thanks!

Best,
Tim

elizabeth smith 28 March 2018 - 09:05

Hello Tim
Apologies I should have included the question as follows>
`Working Together`or `Standing Alone on your own two feet`- how do either or both of these ways of behaving reflect the cultural context of at least two works you have studied.`

Best Wishes

Elizabeth

Tim Pruzinsky 29 March 2018 - 00:41

Hi Elizabeth,

Students can deal with one of the statements for both texts or they can deal with both statements, linking one text to one of the ideas and the other text to the other idea. In other words, any combination is okay here. I hope that clarifies things.

Best,
Tim

elizabeth smith 14 May 2018 - 07:44

Dear Tim

My class and I have chosen the following texts:
Paper 2: A Doll's House( Translation), A Handmaid's Tale and The Great Gatsby

IOC: A Streetcar Named Desire, Plath Poems and The Tempest.

But I was wondering whether instead of studying The Tempest the students could look at another poet? I am considering Wilfred Owen.

Regards

Elizabeth

As always, your guidance will be much appreciated.

Kind Regards

Tim Pruzinsky 15 May 2018 - 01:09

Hi Elizabeth,

I think David answered this query of yours recently on May 9th: thinkib.net

Yes, two poets in Part 4 is fine to study instead of a poet and "The Tempest."

Best,
Tim

Kerri Bundy 20 May 2018 - 13:14

Hi Tim,
Just a quick question regarding IOC extracts. I have a total of 48 students spread across three sections of HL IB Lang and Lit. I was planning on choosing a total of 12 extracts (4 from each work) to be selected at random by each student for the commentary. Is this correct? Your guidelines only account for up to 30 students in the ratio, so I just wanted to be certain! I began to question if the student/extract ratio was by class or cohort. Many thanks for the clarification!

Tim Pruzinsky 21 May 2018 - 01:00

Hi Kerri,

I wish the guide was more clear in this regard. If you have 48 students, you should have 14 extracts. They don't make it clear, but that's the way most of us interpret that chart on page 60. My advice would be to have 15, as that gives you 5 from each work and a nice balance.

Do ask any follow-up questions if you have them!

Best,
Tim

Kerri Bundy 21 May 2018 - 02:24

Perfect! Thanks for the help!


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