The site offers an engaging and imaginative approach to IB English - clear and informative it would be of use to both new and experienced teachers alike.

Jane Henshaw, Sevenoaks, United Kingdom

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

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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Getting ready for the new course

10 June 2019

As those of you in May session schools bring the year to a close and look forward to a well-deserved holiday, we know you will also have an... more

How to revise for English?

12 April 2019

This is a question most English teachers have heard, probably most years, as many students seem to find it hard to see English as a subject... more

Subscriber comments

  • Hi Andrew. For the old and the new syllabus, it is enough to use poetry from a single poet - it does not need to all be from the same work.
  • Hi David, I am posting this here as it seems to build upon Kitty's question. I was under the impression (for the old syllabus) that when studying a particular poet, all works must be from the same 'work.' For instance 'Ariel' by Plath or 'Rapture'...
  • 14 Jul Joshua Viau
    Overview of the new course
    Hi. Just checked the PRL, and Márquez is on the list. The accent matters for the search, apparently.
  • Kitty, you're right and this is a new specification. It is a requirement that is still being debated and discussed, especially amongst Language and Literature teachers where it is more restrictive (if they want to study advertising, for example,...
  • Hi Kathleent. It's certainly a combination that could work well as there are plenty of ways to connect those three texts, not least the genre of comedy and its conventions, which would be interesting to explore in those three plays.
  • Adding to the above comment, the guide states that "Where more than one text is studied as part of a work, texts must be from the same author." I am really confused at how a study of "War Poetry" would work within the constraints of course...
  • Question about the suggestion of studying "War Poetry". How would this work in terms of a body of work? My understanding is that one must study 15-20 poems by a single poet as a body of work. Could one study 15-20 "war poems"?
  • 10 Jul Kathleent Wallerk
    Sample text selections for Drama
    Hi! I've not used this forum before, and am not even sure if it's still active, but, if so... I'm planning to do The Taming of the Shrew, Pygmalion and The Importance of Being Earnest, and would be interested in any comments on this... Thanks,...
  • 2 Jul David White
    Example Course Outline 1 (HL)
    Hi Victoria. Yes, many texts could work well for all 3 areas, so as you say it is more about how you want to teach that text and what the focal learning will be, while also ensuring that you have a balance of all 3 areas across the 2 year...
  • 1 Jul Victoria Burnett
    Example Course Outline 1 (HL)
    Hi Mark (or David), I've started to work on choosing works for next year and I'm having difficulty deciding which works are best suited for which area of exploration. For example, The Things They Carried seems perfect for inter-textual connections,...
  • 29 Jun David White
    Overview of the new course
    Well, first thoughts would be to connect to another magical-realist novelist, like Marquez or Allende or Kundera, but now we can mix genres, we also need to think differently/more expansively about Paper 2 - so you could put it with Oedipus...
  • 29 Jun Flavia Marin-Drews
    Overview of the new course
    Hi David, Yes, I am. If you have any suggestions, I'd be very grateful. I've already used my free choices and have included Marquez and Kafka. Thanks!