• 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.

Selected Pages


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...


Tips 4 September 2016

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


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...


Criteria 3 October 2013

Before you conduct a further oral activity, you should become familiar with the corresponding assessment criteria....


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...


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 14

Tim Pruzinsky 24 February 2017 - 00:12

Hi Faheem,

Yes. There's nothing in the L/L guide that says you can't have the same genre for Part 4. And as long as two time periods are covered in the overall course of study, all looks good.


Syed Abbas 7 May 2017 - 16:18

We do the English Language and Literature syllabus for SL & HL at our school.

I am contemplating the following mix of works. Can you please let me know if these fulfill the requirements?

Part 3
Heart of Darkness SL/HL PLT
Things Fall Apart SL/HL PLA
Burmese Days HL PLA

Part 4
Pygmalion SL/HL PLA
The God of Small Things SL/HPLA
Poetry of W.B. Yeats HL PLA

Does it matter that my PLT work in part (Heart of Darkness) is originally in English?

Thanks & regards

Syed Abbas 7 May 2017 - 16:23

Also, what happens in the event that one's selection land up not meeting the requirements.

Would they penalize the students for it? Doesn't seem right?


Tim Pruzinsky 8 May 2017 - 00:52

Hi Faheem,

Unfortunately, you'll need to choose a work in translation from the PLT for Part 3. "Heart of Darkness" won't work here. As for penalties, I don't know them off the top of my head. But since you now know your syllabus doesn't work, best to fix it before it potentially becomes a problem. Switch out "Heart of Darkness" for a text in translation.


Mariam Hussain 9 May 2017 - 07:31

Hi David/Tim,
I plan to teach the following texts to my students in the next session. Hope they work as far as two periods and places lie.

Part 3: Literature-Texts and Contexts
To the Lighthouse
Hedda Gabler
The Cherry Orchard (HL)

Part 4: Literature-critical study
The Great Gatsby
The Importance of being Earnest
Animal Farm (HL)


David McIntyre 10 May 2017 - 03:22

Hi Mariam,

Assuming you have checked the PLA and PLT, you are doing just fine on period, place, and genre.

Nice variation!


Mariam Hussain 10 May 2017 - 06:25

Thanks David.

Jason Beavan 6 June 2017 - 03:35

Hi David & Tim,

I hope this finds you both well. Almost summer!
A bit of an odd one.
Unfortunately, whilst conducting an actual IOC, a colleague of mine caught a student committing an act of academic dishonesty; namely, the student was using a cheat-sheet (i.e., a pre-written list of lit. terms, fact(s), dates etc.) relevant to the assessment. The assessment was immediately stopped and the student reported to the DPC. IB approved school policy for academic dishonesty in our school means the student receives a 0 (F) for this assessment task. This leads me to my questions:

1). Can a student still pass Lang. & Lit. with a failed IOC?
2). Can an IOC resit be considered?
3). Does a student need to pass all six IA/ EA assessments to be eligible to receive an IB DP

Many thanks as always,


David McIntyre 6 June 2017 - 04:36

Hi Jason,

It is indeed almost summer. As long as you are in the northern hemisphere!

There are some questions where it is better for InThinking to tactfully sidestep. These questions are an example of this. Many of the answers to your questions, and questions of this nature, can be found in the IB's Handbook of Procedures, and it is, in part, the role of your coordinator to be conversant with this and guide you accordingly. With regard to your second question, I suggest you push this to your coordinator. If she or he is uncertain then IB Answers is the next stop.

Apologies if I seem a little evasive. However, in matters that in part are local the local affair of a school, sensitive, and/or contentious, there is a potential conflict of interest if we express our perspective.

I hope for your understanding,


Jason Beavan 6 June 2017 - 06:31

Hi David,

Thank you for the prompt response. While, as you can probably imagine, it's not quite what I'd hoped to receive, it is perfectly understandable. Especially, when given the sensitivity of the nature of the questions.

So, you have my full understanding good sir. I will pass this onto the relevant parties, look into the IB's Handbook of Procedures, and take a looksee at IB Answers.

Thanks, David.

Mariam Hussain 22 July 2017 - 14:33

Hi David and Tim,
One of my students has written her written task 1 on Heart of Darkness and written task 2 on Michelle Obama's speech to the students convention. Her written task 1 is a diary entry from the perspective of a major character. I want to share it with u...can I have your email add.

Tim Pruzinsky 23 July 2017 - 14:15

Hi Mariam,

Thanks for the information. In Google Chrome at least, the browser I am using right now, if you look to your right and see the little letter symbol for mail/feedback, you can send us the Written Tasks via that route. It will go through our central system. If you can't upload it there, just send us a quick note through that feedback mechanism and we will reply. Because it is summer vacation for both of us, we are in and out of email contact and so it may take a bit to get back to you.

Do know that we can't provide feedback on the tasks themselves or give our opinion about their quality, but we are happy for you to send them to us. It's also best if you take off the student name and any identifying information as well.


Mariam Hussain 23 July 2017 - 16:16

Thanks Tim. It would be an honor to have ur word over it.
I'm sorry to bother u during Summer... But for my learning/teaching it is essential to have a clear, vivid approach for these written tasks.. to help my students produce best as possible.

Mariam Hussain 23 July 2017 - 17:37

Hi Tim/David,
Your reply awaited.

Thank you.

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