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InThinking EnglishB is the best tool for planning, organizing and keeping up to date with everything related to EnglishB syllabus, As icing on the cake, it gives meaningful insight into the EnglishB teacher's role and motivates to improve and develop...

Petra Lonka, Kannaksen lukio, Finland

Our school has subscribed to InThinking English since we started our IB program in 2013. David provides excellent resources and sensible guidance which answers questions directly. As well as building program contents, there’s invaluable advice about...

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The OUP Word of the Year award has been announced - and it's 'toxic'. It's a curious procedure, this 'Best of the Year' idea: why do we think... more

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When I was growing up in Yorkshire, the phrase above (Eng.trans: 'There is nothing so strange as people') was a commonplace, used as a coda... more

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  • 25 Apr David Cooper
    ATLs - applications
    I am very glad it is not just our school where the 'every DP teacher is a language teacher' provoked a strong reaction. As almost all our students are second language learners doing the DP, this has been one of the key issues we faced. Great...
  • 24 Apr David Cooper
    Listening question types
    Thanks David. I would presume that the students are also going to have the initial 5 minutes reading time that comes with most examinations (minus multiple choice). In the actual test pre question reading time, I presume they are going to be...
  • 24 Apr David Ripley
    Listening question types
    I have heard nothing official about paper-setting instructions, David. So, the best that is currently available is Joseph O'Callaghan's detailed analysis of the sample in the comments above. The analysis seems perfectly logical, and I see no...
  • 23 Apr David Cooper
    Listening question types
    Hi David, I was wondering if there was anymore concrete news on what the structure of the listening exam is likely to be like in terms of specific timing?
  • 23 Apr Caroline Dean
    The stimulus
    Thanks very much, David, for your speedy response!
  • 23 Apr David Ripley
    Reading question types
    I have not heard any suggestion that the IB are going to provide practice papers for the Reading element of the new Paper 2 paper, Maxi. My understanding is that the basic approach to reading comprehension will be the same as in the current...
  • 23 Apr David Ripley
    The stimulus
    I haven't, Caroline, but - DOES ANYONE ELSE HAVE SAMPLES? The stimulus for the section B respnse was "Some people believe that happiness lies in being accepted by those around us while others insist that happiness is achieved only when we learn...
  • 23 Apr Maxi Wimmer
    Reading question types
    Hello David, will there be any practice papers for the new Reading Comprehension papers available soon?
  • 23 Apr Caroline Dean
    The stimulus
    Hello, I am looking fo student sample answers to May 2015 Paper 2B. Do you have any material? Thanks very much.
  • 23 Apr David Ripley
    An excellent EE
    No, Rex, there is no 'penalty' for any choice of subject - there is certainly nothing like that specified in IB instructions. There might possibly be an 'informal' penalty if examiners think "oh no, not this again" ... but actually, I think...
  • 23 Apr Rex Robinson
    An excellent EE
    Is there a penalty for analyzing the book The Portrait of Dorian Grey because it is so famous? Has it been over done?
  • 19 Apr David Ripley
    Extended Essay 2018
    Brisk responses, Ozlem - #A - the Cat.3 RQ seems fine to me - I assume the student has imagination and sensitivity sufficient for this task? #B - the Cat.2B RQs seem basically fine (although I'm not familiar with some of the source material)...