The new course

English A Literature:  from August 2019

It is here!  The Subject Guide for the new course was sent to schools last week and you should now be in possession of a copy.  If not, please ask your IB Coordinator or download it from My IB, where you can also get hold of the new reading list and other relevant resources.  As the course presents a range of quite significant changes, it is going to take a little while for us to present you with materials to help you with planning and delivering it, but we are working hard!  Updates will appear here as soon as we can make them. 

Our instincts are to make clear first of all the nature of the new course and the ways in which it differs from what we are used to, as well as provide initial guidance about structure and text choice.  More details will follow from this point on.

Please see the adjoining pages.

Overview of the new course

The new course presents a number of key changes. The more straightforward ones, perhaps, relate to the type of assessments and the fact that there are now fewer of them. However, the more significant...

Selected Pages


Overview of the new course 13 March 2019

The new course presents a number of key changes. The more straightforward ones, perhaps, relate to the type of assessments...

The Areas of Exploration: one text, three approaches 15 April 2019

The three areas of exploration can be seen as three different lenses through which we can explore literature, lenses which...


Intertextuality: 'It is Dangerous...' 4 April 2019

The title of this poem, It is Dangerous to Read Newspapers, suggests the power and influence of texts in our lives, and...

Readers, Writers and Texts: 'It is Dangerous...' 2 April 2019

Rather than giving students the whole poem straight away, the following approach - whereby students are given the poem bit...

Time and Space: 'It is Dangerous...' 1 April 2019

After students have explored the poem through the lens of the Readers, Writers and Texts area of exploration (see activities...

Introducing the new course: an activity 23 March 2019

The new course invites consideration of literary works in a way that will be important to establish from the beginning....

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