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Subscriber comments


  • 19 Oct Sharon Barrett
    The 'creative' HL WA?
    Yes, I seem to remember this and that's why I was cautious. However, as it stands, it is a possibility. Thank you again and for your speedy response.
  • 19 Oct David Ripley
    The 'creative' HL WA?
    I think that writing a new ending is dangerous, Sharon - basically because I happen to know that the HL WA examiners in English don't like the idea! The fundamental idea is that new endings shouldn't be written just because you don't like the...
  • 19 Oct David Ripley
    Interactive oral activities
    I know of no specific prohibition against writing scripts, Kevin, but I would have thought that scripting an interaction is basically against the spirit of the Interactive Oral. The point, I believe, is that students should demonstrate that...
  • 19 Oct Sharon Barrett
    The 'creative' HL WA?
    Hi David, One of my HL students wants to write a new ending to a novel and although I gave them this as a task in class initially, later I refrained from giving them that option due to something I heard somewhere (for the love of me I can't...
  • 19 Oct Kevin Campbell
    Interactive oral activities
    For a television interview, can students prepare a script? And if they do, are they able to use the script during the oral activity?
  • 17 Oct David Ripley
    Trickledown & horseshit
    Really, Maria? Fascinating - tell me more! Perhaps I should change "first devised" to "most recently deployed" ?
  • 17 Oct María Weinrich
    Trickledown & horseshit
    I disagree on the origin of "trickledown," as I see it dated from Hoover's administration.
  • 17 Oct Annusuya Murlidhar Jhamnani
    Extended Essay 2018
    Dear David, Thank you for your response. I will surely check the subject guide and ask for your guidance further in future, if needed.
  • 15 Oct David Ripley
    Paper 2 HL, marked
    Biba, the handouts for each sample are available in the relevant page - just open one of the pages subordinate to this one, and you'll see the handout box. OK?
  • 15 Oct biba kodek
    Paper 2 HL, marked
    Dear David, I just can't seem to find the handouts of the scripts iin this section. Can you help out? Thank you.
  • 12 Oct David Ripley
    Extended Essay 2018
    I am not familiar with the precise details of Lang & Lit, Annusuya, so I can only offer a general opinion. However, the research question proposed seems reasonably appropriate. . BUT ... Murakami's works are originally written in Japanese,...
  • 12 Oct David Ripley
    Key procedure issues
    I would assume yes, Alan - I am not aware of any IB documentation that says anything about this, either for or against, so if there is no prohibition, it must be allowable to base an HL WA on a song lyric. As always, the logic of the choice...