Part 2

  • In Part 2: Language and mass communication, we focus on the way language is used in mass media, such as newspapers, magazines, the internet, radio or film.
  • We consider how both the production and reception of texts is shaped by its medium of delivery.
  • This section includes an overview of the basic requirements for Part 2

Selected Pages


Outcomes 31 October 2017

Below are the three learning outcomes that one should aim to meet while studying Part 2 of the English A: Language and Literature...


Topics 18 July 2014

The IB has stipulated several suggested topics for Part 2, which you can find on pages 19-20 of the Language A: Language...


Requirements 8 February 2013

A common question asked in Part 2 - Language and mass communication is: ‘To what extent does a medium, determine a particular...


Advertising techniques 24 February 2012

We live in a world of visual stimulation. In the car, on the metro, or strolling through town, we absorb the invitations...


Key concepts 24 February 2012

There are many strategies that will prove useful in your studies of Part 2. For example, you will want to hold regular...

Euphemisms 21 September 2017

How are people, at times, manipulated through language? Have you ever noticed how politicians can make something sound nicer...

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Comments 5

Ian Meyskens 29 August 2017 - 12:41

The hyperlink in the bulleted point: "This section includes an overview of the basic requirements for Part 2." links to requirements for Part 4 not Part 2. Thanks.

David McIntyre 29 August 2017 - 19:41

Thanks Ian.

Devika Varma 11 October 2017 - 05:13

Hi Tim & David,
This year I began part 2 with the viewing of "Wag the Dog' and this did generate considerable interest in the HL class. My question here is to do with Part 2 Written Tasks. This year I have four students who wish to use Films as their stimulus material for Written Task 2. Hope this is fine, as I have had students in the previous years looking at 'Clockwork Orange' etc. Students wish to look at the following films:
The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo - How and why is a social group represented in a particular way ?
Another looking at 'Moonlight' with the same question
Another at Patty Jenkins "Wonder Woman'.
Another student wished to look at how a text conforms to or deviates from the conventions of a particular genre and for what purpose looking at 'Scream' .
I will watch these movies as I have yet not seen them as yet. However, the student also wishes to look at both conform AND deviate, but I interpreted the question as selecting just one that is 'conform' or
deviate'. Would it be possible to look at it conforms to a genre in some ways and deviates from the genre in certain other ways?
Looking forward to your thoughts on whether the choice of films and the tasks are appropriate.
Thank you as always for this platform for queries and discussions.
Kind regards,
Devika Varma.

Tim Pruzinsky 11 October 2017 - 08:49

Hi Devika,

I think it is okay for the WT2 to deal with both conform and deviate as long as they state that is what they are going to do in the introduction.

As for your film question, are they appropriate text types for this? I think some would argue yes, others would argue there is an IB film class for that, and the rest are somewhere in between. I don't think the IB has an issue with it and I don't think examiners do either.

Students just need to make it clear in the essay that they are dealing with the question at hand in relation to what we teach in our course.


Devika Varma 12 October 2017 - 03:50

Thank you very much, Tim.

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