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This site has been very helpful in both providing very useful resources, but also ideas about how to go about the teaching of particular topics.

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

Where to start? This site is undoubtedly the best support you'll find for English B! We also used this site in our school as soon as we heard about it. It provides profound practical guidance on syllabus updates, lesson planning, exciting content and...

Sharon Barrett, Kartal Anadolu Imam Hatip Lisesi, Turkey

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  • 16 Aug David Ripley
    Exam list of text types
    Well, yes, Noemi - as a category, it's so wide as to be simply unhelpful. I believe that the IB wishes the list of text types to cover quite a comprehensive range of the sort of text types that students might encounter, and so 'online writing'...
  • 15 Aug Noemi Tello
    Exam list of text types
    Hi David! How do you suggest we help the students regarding ´social media posting/online forums'? I find it too broad and imprecise... Not your words, but the IB´s suggestion to include this as a text...
  • 15 Aug Noemi Tello
    Text types, sorted for use
    Thanks for your immediate response! I was confused about the podcast since other teachers mentioned it quite often for practicing with students. I´ll check on the 'Exam list of text types'. Thanks a lot!
  • 15 Aug David Ripley
    Text types, sorted for use
    This page deals with the list of text types provided in the Subject Guide, Noemi - whereas the list in 'Text type expectations' is based on a revised list of text types issued by the IB for exam purposes (see the page 'Exam list of text types')....
  • 15 Aug David Ripley
    Extended Essay 2018
    Oh dear - tricky, Tamana! Without seeing what the student has produced (and it sounds as if you have had problems seeing work as well...), I suggest two areas to discuss:- 1. A basic approach to a 'compare and contrast' exercise like this...
  • 15 Aug Noemi Tello
    Text types, sorted for use
    Hi! I checked on the different topics you have provided regarding the texts, and I have a doubt. Comparing this list against the one entitled "Text type expectations", we get a different list. For example, the personal statement/cove letter,...
  • 15 Aug Tamana Chanrai-Hills
    Extended Essay 2018
    Hi David, I've been having a few issues trying to get one of my EE students to show me what she's written. Today was the first day I was able to read her first draft and alarm bells are starting to ring. Her RQ (which does need to be refined...
  • 14 Aug David Ripley
    Text type conventions
    A perfectly good option, Victoria - I can't think of any reason why not. The key issue, as with any literary work as source, is what the student would do with it... what 'creative approach' would be applied.
  • 14 Aug Victoria Alpizar
    Text type conventions
    Is a short story a good option for a written assignment for HL students?
  • 13 Aug Katharina Colmer
    Extended Essay 2018
    Thank you again for your prompt response David. I'm very relieved to hear this as the EE is shaping up very nicely with this 'lit. crit' approach.
  • 13 Aug David Ripley
    A booklist
    There is no requirement in the Subject Guide that the literary works studied have to cover genres or themes in any specific way - there is actually no instruction at all. The works should simply be chosen to be interesting and valuable for...
  • 13 Aug David Ripley
    Extended Essay 2018
    To the best of my knowledge, Katharina, a Cat.3 Literature Extended Essay in Language B can indeed be simply a 'lit.crit.' approach - it doesn't have to be about use of language or about 'target culture'. Yes, there will be a certain overlap...