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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

Our school has subscribed to InThinking English since we started our IB program in 2013. David provides excellent resources and sensible guidance which answers questions directly. As well as building program contents, there’s invaluable advice about...

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  • 19 Mar Yvette Flower
    Orals: what's expected?
    Dear David, Your interpretation and advice been invaluable so far, and I am hoping that you can help me out here. I would like to ask about choosing literary works for HL. As you have noted, there is no mention of making a link to Anglophone...
  • 18 Mar David Ripley
    Cat.2 clarified
    I don't see a real problem here, Richard. The stated central subject of the EE is Jay Gatsby - and Gatsby is a literary creation, therefore the prime focus of the EE must be literary analysis. It is not a psychological analysis, but rather...
  • 18 Mar Richard Odell
    Cat.2 clarified
    It says it should be an analysis of a literary type. I guess that causes confusion
  • 18 Mar Richard Odell
    Cat.2 clarified
    Dear David, Sorry to bother you again. Although you kindly answered my question before about the research topic "To what extent does Jay Gatsby display narcissistic personality disorder in the novel The Great Gatsby?", I still have a lingering...
  • 18 Mar David Ripley
    Writing criteria, unpacked
    No, I don't think it is "clear that ...students cannot achieve above 6 out of 12 if they do not include at least one idiomatic expression". The single reference to 'idiomatic expressions' within a single bullet point cannot control the entire...
  • 18 Mar Jenni Grimshaw
    Writing criteria, unpacked
    Using the Paper grading criteria, it is clear that, for criteria A. students cannot achieve above 6 out of 12 if they do not include at least one idiomatic expression. I contiinue to advise my students to incorporate these but, despite idioms...
  • 18 Mar David Ripley
    Themes, 2018 onwards
    Precise, 'official' grade boundaries will not be available until after the first exam session in May 2020, Gemma. In the meantime, I have provided a rough chart with which to calculate grade boundaries - see the page 'NEW grade boundary chart'....
  • 18 Mar David Ripley
    A booklist
    No, Maria, this is just a personal collection of books that could be used for general teaching purposes in English B. There is NO official booklist at all for English B in particular, nor for Language B in general. That said... any of these...
  • 18 Mar Gemma Treeby
    Themes, 2018 onwards
    Dear all, I am new to the English B programme and as it is a new course from 2018. I was wondering how we go about giving students an idea of their level. Our school, as I am sure most do, require us to give predicted levels throughout the...
  • 17 Mar Maria Isabel Sanchez
    A booklist
    Hello David, I have a question, are these the books that could be used for the Language B Extended Essay in category 3? Thanks in advance.
  • 17 Mar laurie holden
    Text type expectations
    This is excellent and very helpful. Thank you for sharing. n
  • 17 Mar David Ripley
    Cat.2 clarified
    This all seems reasonable enough, Rebecca - it comes down to a compare/contrast exercise between the memoir and "the reality of America's opioid crisis". Two points to clarify: (1) how will the student establish that 'reality' i.e. what objective...