IB Core

  • The English A: Language and Literature course is part of the holistic IB learning explerience.
  • The Extended Essay requirement provides students with the opportunity to write a 3,000 - 4,000 words on a topic of interest from one of their subject areas. See this section for samples and tips on how to integrated this into the language and literature course.
  • Theory of Knowledge (TOK) asks interdisciplinary questions on how we acquire knowledge. 'How do you know what you know?' There are many applications of this question to the Language and Literature course.

Selected Pages


2036: A Space Odyssey 8 September 2016

In the twenty years since 2016, the world had undergone momentous change. By 2036, it was easy to see how and why things...


TOK 14 January 2016

As we study a wide range of texts, we are likely to consider many critical questions that relate to the nature of knowledge,...


Ads and syllogisms 13 December 2012

How do we know what we know? Logic is one way. Advertisements try to appeal to our sense of logic, so that we buy into...


Extended Essay 13 January 2012

The extended essay is an IB core requirement, where students explore a subject in depth. The subject must relate to one...

What is this thing called free speech? 24 August 2017

At the time of writing this page, in August 2017, a few events in the United States have drawn considerable global attention....

Language, Gender and Experimentation 5 November 2015

The following lesson was originally designed for use in the Theory of Knowledge (TOK) classroom. However, the lesson overlaps...

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Comments 3

Carolina Fortin 14 November 2017 - 03:33

Good evening,
I have a student who wants to do a comparison EE Category 2 on Saramago's blindness and he wants to connect to his Argentinian roots by using editorial or news stories reported back to the US by US reporters in Argentina during the Dirty War. Can the editorial be used as a text? I am not sure this could be used in categoría 2?

Carolina Fortin 14 November 2017 - 03:34

Than you for any input on the matter.

Tim Pruzinsky 14 November 2017 - 06:18

Hi Carolina,

A C2 EE must be based on two literature texts, one in translation and one not in translation. Unfortunately, this promising sounding EE isn't allowed.

I'm not 100% sure if he could make it work as a World Studies EE and that might be something you look into with your IB Coordinator as a possibility (English and Global Politics, for example).

Please do let me know if you have any follow-up questions.


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