Part 1

  • Language in cultural context focuses on: how language develops in specific contexts, how meaning is determined by context and how people express their identities throught language. 
  • In this part of the course students are introduced to a range of text types, centered around various themes and topics.
  • The development of close reading skills is paramount to the study of language and culture.

Selected Pages


Outcomes 30 August 2016

Below are the three learning outcomes that one should aim to meet while studying Part 1 of the English Language and Literature...


Requirements 18 July 2013

Part 1 - Language in cultural context is the study of non-literary texts. We look at how culture and context both shape...


Topics 6 May 2013

The IB has stipulated several suggested topics for Part 1. You may want to cover a few of them in depth or more of them...


Cultural sensitivity 10 March 2012

As we analyze how audience and purpose affect the structure and content of texts (first learning outcome for Part...

Discourse Analysis 1: Words, Words, Words 27 August 2015

N.B. In the English Language and Literature course, students are asked to do ‘textual’ analysis. Here, we use the...

An Introduction to Discourse Analysis 27 August 2015

Many students of English Language and Literature are able to say what a text is about and what it means, even if this...

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Comments 4

Maggie Raleigh 1 March 2017 - 05:20

In the reflective statement for the Part I written task for an independent German language student, she has to answer the question, "How do time and place matter to this work?" Does the question ask about the setting of the work, or does the question ask about the time and place when the work was published?

David McIntyre 1 March 2017 - 05:52

Hi Maggie,

Could you clarify what you are discussing? It seems (but I may be wrong!) that you are referring to the outline for Written Task 2. But, then you mention a reflective statement, so I am a little confused. In response, you could, if relevant, mention a page/pages in the study guide; that may help.

Best regards,


Tim Pruzinsky 1 March 2017 - 13:50

Hi Maggie,

This sounds like a self-taught student. They follow the Literature course, not the Lang/Lit course. The question they need to answer is the following:

How was your understanding of cultural and contextual considerations of the work developed through the interactive oral?

The sub-question is the one you refer to...and it more often than not means the time and place when the work was published. But, the self-taught German student must answer the question posed above in her Reflective Statement.


Maggie Raleigh 1 March 2017 - 15:22

Awesome! Thank you!

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