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Catriona James, Felsted School, UK

As a teacher new to DP, David's InThinking website has been an invaluable resource. While the IB guides are very useful, there are areas that require clarification, clarification I have repeatedly found on David's website. Having access to both the website...

Paul Rosevere, Kuei Shan School, Taipei

This site is an invaluable resource of information both for starting teachers and experienced ones. It is always up-to-date with new additions in all exam components. One of the best things about this site however is the immediate contact with its curator...

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Life & Works

20 June 2018

What can we learn about works of literature by studying the author’s life? This issue has been raised for me by a discussion of a student’s... more

Rigid versus flexible

2 May 2018

The words ‘rigid versus flexible’ have been scrawled in my untidy list of blog ideas for quite a while. Suddenly, to my huge surprise, I... more

On stupidity

22 March 2018

There seems to have been an awful lot of Stupidity around lately. I try to keep calm, intoning mantras ("DoooooooooooH"), and doing my best... more

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  • 20 Jun Noemi Tello
    New OUP Course Book
    Thank you very much. I really appreciate everything you post. I´ll be waiting for this material!
  • 20 Jun David Ripley
    New OUP Course Book
    No, I don't know, Noemi - perhaps you could e-mail the OUP website, and ask? You could also perhaps buy a single copy for your own reference, even if it's expensive? Don't worry too much about the listening element - I am working on that now,...
  • 20 Jun David Ripley
    Links - Social organisation
    I see no reason why not. The dystopic society depicted in the novel has a clear social organisation, which can then be contrasted with contemporary social organisation, exploring the logic and values of each. For example, 'authoritarian' versus...
  • 20 Jun David Ripley
    Extended Essay
    This seems quite possible, Catherine - it is sensibly limited in focus: to Sylvia Plath, to the single book of poems, and to a restricted section of the journals. So, yes, he should go ahead - and good luck! Might be worth suggesting that he...
  • 20 Jun Noemi Tello
    New OUP Course Book
    Hi David, do you know when will the book be available to buy in America? I live in Mexico, and usually, we get the book from the USA. But my coordinator says that it´s not possible to get it there, only in England, which means lots of money!...
  • 20 Jun JR Grimshaw
    Links - Social organisation
    I am currently reading 'Fahrenheit 451' - do you think this text could be studied in relation to the theme of social organisation? Thanks.
  • 20 Jun Catherine Cobb
    Extended Essay 2018
    Dear David, you very kindly gave me advice about one of my students who has been reading Sylvia Plath's journals as well as a collected book of her poems called Ariel. He was thinking of introducing Virginia Woolf into the mix but has now...
  • 20 Jun Catherine Cobb
    Extended Essay
    Sorry, I pressed the button without asking your opinion. Do you think he could start investigating this topic? As usual, thank you in advance for your kind help. Your website has been a great help throughout the years and I am extremely...
  • 20 Jun Catherine Cobb
    Extended Essay
    Dear David, you very kindly gave me advice about one of my students who has been reading Sylvia Plath's journals as well as a collected book of her poems called Ariel. He was thinking of introducing Virginia Woolf into the mix but has now...
  • 19 Jun Ivana Pehar
    A Summary of Guide 2018
    David, thank you for your prompt and informative reply. It is very helpful and will do until the IB discloses definitive instructions. Looking forward to reading more of your ideas for listening activities in class.
  • 19 Jun David Ripley
    A Summary of Guide 2018
    I can't give you any precise answers to these questions, Ivana, firstly because I am not an 'official' IB source, and so cannot give definitive instructions in any sense; and secondly because although I keep myself well-informed about what...
  • 19 Jun Ivana Pehar
    A Summary of Guide 2018
    Hi David, My question relates to the listening part of new Paper 2. Obviously this also entails stronger focus on listening activities/drills during the course study. How is this to be implemented in classroom in terms of equipment and technology?...