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  • 20 Apr David Ripley
    Subject Review for 2018
    Your understanding is correct, Amy - students who began in September 2017 will do the old programme until examination under the old assessment system in May 2019. Students who begin the course in September 2018 will do the new programme, and...
  • 20 Apr Amy Gresko
    Subject Review for 2018
    Just to clarify, I should continue with the old syllabus for students who began the course in 2017-2018 as they will do the second year in 2018-2019 and have exams in 2019, correct? I am new at this, so trying to figure out how the new syllabus...
  • 20 Apr Kevin Campbell
    Key procedure issues
    Thank you for the advice, When I was in my workshop, the WA had a special form attached to all of the written assignments, but I haven't seen any forms like it on the OCC. But I will consult with my coordinator. Thanks again
  • 17 Apr Laurie Mountjoy
    Extended Essay 2018
    Thanks so much David, this is really helpful. I have two more English B EE students so I may be in touch again here soon as I'm quite new to this.
  • 17 Apr David Ripley
    Brochure, leaflet, etc
    See the section 'Design & layout' above, Kim. The marking criterion makes no reference whatsoever to design as such ... and the instructions to examiners do not specify anything at all about the kind of sections that you mention. Basically,...
  • 17 Apr David Ripley
    Extended Essay 2018
    This seems to be quite feasible,Laurie - and yes, Cat.2A is probably the most appropriate. The research question will need to be carefully phrased - the issue of whether English 'is' global is very different from whether it 'will be' global... No,...
  • 17 Apr David Ripley
    Key procedure issues
    No, Kevin, there is no 'cover sheet' in the paper sense of the term. When each WA is submitted, you have to fill in certain details on-screen, which are then 'attached' to the uploaded WA. There are no literal physical signatures. I recommend...
  • 17 Apr Catherine Gallagher
    Extended Essay
    Thank you so much! That is a big help!
  • 17 Apr Kim Zatarga
    Brochure, leaflet, etc
    Hi David, When given the task of brochure on the exam, do the students need to divide the paper into 6 sections for the front and back in order to reach the format mark? The same question for pamphlet, should it just indicate front to back...
  • 17 Apr Laurie Mountjoy
    Extended Essay 2018
    Hi David, A student of mine wants to do her EE on English as a global language. She is still working on her research question, which will be along the lines of to what extent is English a global language/ will it continue to be a global language...
  • 17 Apr Kevin Campbell
    Key procedure issues
    Dear David, For the written assignments, do I need to submit a cover print that contains a list of sources the student is using and my approval signature and the student's signature?
  • 16 Apr David Ripley
    Extended Essay
    Oh dear, Catherine... This is indeed too vague, and not focused. The student's 'research question' (and it's not clearly a question) appears to say something like "How is R&J expressed in movies?" - is this more or less correct? If so, I note...