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20 August 2019

I have been busy analysing and marking samples of the new SL Oral Individual Interview. This is in preparation for a suite of pages to be published... more

Of blobs and difficulty

15 May 2019

Writing a sample Listening exam (see the page Listening exam #1 ) has made me think about the ways ‘difficulty’ is structured and assessed... more

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  • 17 Oct David Cooper
    Listening exam #1
    Just a quick question. So the paper 2 is 2 hours reading and listening, does this mean the 5 minutes reading time at the beginning of the exam is for both papers, or do they get 5 minutes for the listening and the reading plus the reading for...
  • 16 Oct Nael Hamamra
    Listening Tasks
    Thanks a lot David
  • 16 Oct David Ripley
    HL Orals
    I'm afraid, Carina, that it's not part of the service that this site offers to provide detailed cross-marking of "a few examples" - there are 1519 teachers signed up, and I could not possibly deal with that kind of workload! On the other hand,...
  • 16 Oct Carina Bruzelius
    HL Orals
    Hi David, I have conducted an IO Mock with my students and I have a few examples that I would like to share with you. What is the most convenient way of sharing them? I would also appreciate some feedback since I am still struggling to fully...
  • 16 Oct David Ripley
    Listening Tasks
    Indeed, Nael, such a document was published at the end of August, and you can find it by following these directions : Programme Resource Centre > Diploma programme > Language Acquisition: Language B (first assessment 2020) > Assessment/General...
  • 16 Oct Nael Hamamra
    Listening Tasks
    Hello David, I have heard that IB has published an instruction document for language B listening, on how to conduct the exam, but I can not find that anywhere. Can you please clarify and help me out if there is a PDF or link for such a document? Many...
  • 15 Oct Gabriela Muñoz
    EE tips & comments
    Dear David: I really appreciate your feedback. The questions you suggest are very important and I will definitely use them with my student. By exposing her to these questions and encourage her to search for answers, I am sure she will a much...
  • 14 Oct Brian Carl Li
    HL Sample F
    Thanks David. As you mentioned, it's really a shot in the dark with the marking until the standards are out. I recently did a workshop about the new English B and when we did a group assessment on an IA-sample, there was a wide range of all...
  • 12 Oct David Ripley
    The Individual Oral
    The absolute understanding is that it should be one take only, Shurahbeel. The IB has always had a policy that teachers should not be pestered by students asking to do recordings again and again until they 'get it right' ... and that is perfectly...
  • 12 Oct Shurahbeel Abu AlSamen
    The Individual Oral
    Can the recording be repeated by the student, or is it one take only?
  • 11 Oct David Ripley
    EE tips & comments
    Sounds fine to me, Gabriela - more precisely focused, and more likely to be successful. A further thought - does she have a theory underlying this? What is the purpose or value of doing this study? Will the research tell us anything about the...
  • 11 Oct David Ripley
    Oral IA Criteria, unpacked
    I don't think that this would be in the spirit of the Interview procedure, Connie. It is not an exam, where you check whether they have memorised a mass of information - the Guide says explicitly that factual knowledge as such is not assessed,...