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I was very impressed with the site. It is very user friendly, gives students (and teachers) easy access to excellent resources. I also enjoyed the opportunity to be able to check my marks (and my students peer marking) for tasks against IB criteria and...

Martyn Fernandes, Australian International School, Singapore

It's easy to navigate, straightforward, and helpful. Even for an experienced IB teacher, the website provides helpful ways to reconsider curriculum and lesson plans.

Abigail Xiaoxuan Chen, Taipei American School, Taiwan

I wish I'd had something like this when I first started teaching IB Lit!

Alexa Mazarakis, International School of Manila, Philippines

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The Language Criterion

10 November 2018

A question recently posted on this website asked for some guidance on the distinction between the level 4 and 5 descriptors for Language, picking... more

The Results are in...

9 August 2018

I was talking recently to a Head of English who was scratching his head having received a huge spreadsheet of data on this year’s IB results... more

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  • 14 Dec Rob Bingham
    Marking the IOP
    Hello Everyone, What is IB's policy when it comes to a student doing another IOP in order to improve a grade. I had a couple of students do rather poorly on their IOP's during the first round, and I was wondering what IB's position was on this....
  • 14 Dec Maria Gribensk
    Extended Essay: appropriate topics
    I would like to know if a student can write an essay on a literary novel and its film adaptation by analyzing certain features between the two. I know this is an option for Part 4 of the Lit course, but I can't tell if it is something that...
  • 13 Dec David White
    Choosing Works
    Hi Brenden. The 4 genres must be realised through works written in English, so all 4 genres need to feature in Parts 2 - 4. I don't know why this rule exists (and it won't be the case in the new course next year) but that is what the guide...
  • Hi Patrick. It was written under full exam conditions and is an outstanding example.
  • Hi David - was this written during an exam setting? Or was it in a setting in which the student had access to the text?
  • 13 Dec chuck henry
    Part 2 Detailed Study
    Ok, thanks
  • 13 Dec Brenden Ballinger
    Choosing Works
    Hi There, I have a question with respect to the HL strand of the syllabus. As HL have to do all 4 genres, can the genre of prose other than fiction be generically included in the program and be a component of Paper 1 or does it have to be...
  • 12 Dec David White
    Marking the IOP
    If it is just under 10 minutes then it should not count against them. However, if it is significantly shorter then, as you say, they will limit how much they can show in terms of knowledge and understanding.
  • Hi Kate. As an examiner myself, I am often impressed by the responses to poetry because students are able to go into real analytical depth in a way that students responding to novels and plays do not always manage. Students who focus in depth...
  • HI Michelle. I agree with you that you cannot say a student will be marked down just for using this term. It is a well worn term but that is because it often makes sense for a literary exploration - it acknowledges that things are not black...
  • 12 Dec Melissa Mrs.
    Marking the IOP
    The guidelines say 10-15 minutes in length. What if the student is under 10 minutes? Does that count against them in any way? It is not scored on the scoring guide. (Other than they may not have shown knowledge and understanding with a shorter...
  • I have taught poetry as my Part 3 genre for many years now and I am always conscious that my students are responding to questions alongside other candidates who are working on whole novels and whole plays. I therefore encourage them to think...