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Nowt s'queer as folk

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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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  • 9 Dec David Ripley
    Extended Essay 2018
    In principle, Yolanda, these RQs sound suitable to start with, but I would check the precise approach for each one, as follows :- 1) Ask the student (i) which propaganda, precisely, will be used as evidence; (ii) how it will be shown what xenophobia...
  • 9 Dec David Ripley
    Writing criteria, unpacked
    From what I hear unofficially, Jenni, the idea of doing papers online is still proposed, but will not happen immediately, and certainly not in 2020. The IB would love to have all exams done online, but there are, I understand, challenging technical...
  • 9 Dec Yolanda Cenamor
    Extended Essay 2018
    Hi Mr. Ripley: I have four EE to supervise and very little experirnce so far (this is my first time) and I'd like to know if the RQs are suitable for Cat. 2b: 1) In which ways was xenophobia towards Japanese affected by propaganda in the USA...
  • 9 Dec Jenni Grimshaw
    Writing criteria, unpacked
    A question about the 2020 English B written exams (Paper 1 and Paper 2). The CUP textbook states that there is an option for students to take Paper 1 online - is this up to individual institutions whether they opt for this? The reason I ask...
  • 9 Dec Jenni Grimshaw
    Writing criteria, unpacked
    Great thanks for this clarification.
  • 6 Dec David Ripley
    Writing criteria, unpacked
    No, Jenni - under the new Subject Guide, from 2020 onwards, there are no word count penalties whatsoever, neither for writing too little nor for writing too much.
  • 6 Dec Jenni Grimshaw
    Writing criteria, unpacked
    Are students penalised if they write less than 450 or more than 600 at HL for Paper 1?
  • 5 Dec David Ripley
    Listening sample #1
    I've checked, Gabriel, and the BBC source link continues to be denied... why, I can't imagine. However, I have the podcast downloaded anyway, and so have now made it available through SoundCloud - so see above. And thanks for alerting to...
  • 5 Dec David Ripley
    The Migrant's Tale
    I find I can't fix the original link, Carolyn (it seems that site no longer exists) - but you'll see above that I have created a link to Kalilu Jammeh's facebook page, which at least supplies some images to consider. Students could even sign...
  • 5 Dec Carolyn Heard
    The Migrant's Tale
    Hello David, I am very curious, thanks to the tantalising presentation you provide, to explore the idea of integrating some aspect of the book Journey of Misery by Kalilu Jammeh into my English B course. Unfortunately, the link that should...
  • 5 Dec Gabriel Morton
    Listening sample #1
    Hello, I've had a bit of positive feedback from my students after using your other listening samples (#2 & #3). Sadly, when preparing to share this one with my students, it seems that the BBC has taken down access to episode 4 - Soup and Laverbread....
  • 4 Dec Susy Guidolin
    The Individual Oral
    Ah. Makes sense. Thank you.