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This website is a great resource for English Language B teachers. Lots of information and best of all, free resources to use in class! I also like the way it's very up-to-date... I can highly recommend it!

Judith Goebel, Frankfurt International School, Germany

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...

Sadrina Vlachou, H.A.E.F (Psychico College), Greece

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'target culture(s)'?

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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  • 15 Nov David Ripley
    Orals: what's expected?
    See the two sections 'HL Orals' and 'SL Orals', Jenni - these provide several samples of different levels.
  • 15 Nov David Ripley
    A booklist
    As in my reply to your other comment ... the only definite rule that applies is that literary works should have been originally written in English (i.e. no works in translation). All works originally written in English are FROM an English speaking...
  • 15 Nov David Ripley
    The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
    No, Jess, the only definite rule that applies is that literary works should have been originally written in English (i.e. no works in translation). All works originally written in English are FROM an English speaking culture - there is no rule...
  • 15 Nov Jenni Grimshaw
    Orals: what's expected?
    Is it possible to get hold of a sample oral from students at various levels to share with students?
  • 15 Nov Jess Chaudhry
    A booklist
    Many of these would not work though because it is not from an English speaking culture, correct?
  • 15 Nov Jess Chaudhry
    The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
    This cannot be used for the individual oral though correct as it's not from an English speaking culture?
  • 15 Nov David Ripley
    Writing criteria, unpacked
    The system is indeed that there will be three questions / tasks in the paper, and that each question / task will have three different optional text types. This is definite, according to the latest information I have from IB. Maria, where did...
  • 15 Nov David Ripley
    Reading question types
    I have seen nothing in writing which specifies definite length, Jess, but I would assume that the length will be very similar to that of the outgoing reading comprehension exam. I am aware of nothing that would suggest a change.
  • 15 Nov Maria de Lluc Jaume
    Writing criteria, unpacked
    Dear David, we have been using as guidance the specimen exams from My IB in which they have three different proposals with three text types per proposal. However, and maybe we haven't understood previous comments, you seem to imply that there...
  • 15 Nov derya oral
    Oral IA Criteria, unpacked
    Dear David, Thank you for your quick response. Regards derya
  • 15 Nov Jess Chaudhry
    Reading question types
    Do we know the length of the 3 reading texts?
  • 14 Nov David Ripley
    Listening question types
    I see no reason why not, Analisa - accurate listening is a transferable skill, and is not dependent on one specific format of assessment. But be careful to make sure that your students are completely familiar with the expected question types...