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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.

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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...

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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.

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As we start a new year, those of us teaching in May session schools still face some uncertainty about what lies ahead for our DP2 students.... more

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  • Hello Mark - I have another question about the number of lines. One student has chosen to do a Szymborska poem that is 53 lines long but some of the lines consist of only 2 or 3 words. Even though this exceeds the 40 line limit there are fewer...
  • 12 Apr Cerena Seeber
    Reading unseen passages
    Thanks! I am so annoyed that I didn't just copy and paste the when they existed. Oh well!
  • 12 Apr David White
    Reading unseen passages
    Hi Cerena. I have had a look on My IB but I can't find them - they have samples for the paper with the 'Absent Friends' extract. I am not sure I ever saw samples for the other paper - sorry, but maybe someone else on here may be able to...
  • 12 Apr Cerena Seeber
    Reading unseen passages
    David - I used that (McCann and Kay "Late Love" ) example for a mock IB exam and now can't find the student examples that IB once shared - I was really hoping to show my students a few of those with the examiner comments... any ideas where...
  • 11 Apr Mark Beverley
    Reading for theme or motif
    Hi Marcus: I am not sure whether or not 'message' has been used in previous guiding questions. Asking students about 'message' just seems to me problematic for reasons identified above - and it is worth exploring this difficulty. If a guiding...
  • 11 Apr Emma Nathan
    Global Issues
    Many thanks, Mark.
  • 9 Apr Marcus Felsman
    Reading for theme or motif
    I agree about the statement about "theme" and "message" included above. Though, in past papers I remember having seen "the message" included in guiding questions. Is this right or just a consequence of a bad memory and some poor practice?
  • 9 Apr Marcus Felsman
    Reading for theme or motif
    Passage from, Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad (1899)
  • 8 Apr David White
    Higher Level Essay
    it's not a requirement, Andrea, and there is no reference in the criteria about it so having a 'strong bibliography' should not affect the grade either way. While secondary reading can certainly help students do well, many essays get top grades...
  • 8 Apr Andrea Puttilli
    Higher Level Essay
    All my Written Assingments of the past years that took a 7, they had a really strong bibliography. With your answer I'm confused now.
  • 8 Apr David White
    10 Tips for Paper 1
    Hi Deana. Sorry, I misunderstood - no need to cite these after the quotations (as you say time is precious!)
  • 8 Apr Deana Adams
    10 Tips for Paper 1
    For example, (5) or (4–7).