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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...

Gerry Foley, WHBC Wuhan, China

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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  • 15 Feb Anna Chung
    The 'intertextual' SL WA?
    Brilliant, thank you for your response! We've used it as a text type in class but avoided using it in our HL+SL lessons. Cheers and thank you!
  • 14 Feb David Ripley
    The 'intertextual' SL WA?
    Essays are a perfectly accepted text type at SL, Anna - it is set occasionally in SL Paper 2. As to whether it's advisable or not... well, why not, provided that the student has a good analytical mind and is capable of organising arguments...
  • 14 Feb Anna Chung
    The 'intertextual' SL WA?
    Are essays allowed as a SL WA task? It's clearly stated for HL, but not for SL. If it IS allowed, is it a risky move? I would personally advise against it, but I'd like to be able to answer definitively when the student asks! Thank you in...
  • 14 Feb Beata Mirecka-Jakubowska
    Guided inquiry outcomes
    Hi Laurie, yes, I asked the students for permission. They're all over 18 years old and I only got verbal permission from them, as their full names are not mentioned. When I used work that had their names attached or if I wanted to use their...
  • 13 Feb laurie holden
    Advertising, reviewed
    I love this page! The students really enjoy interacting with the 'Ads of the World' website. In fact, I am just about to use this as part of an interactive oral with DP2. Thank you for sharing. Regards, Laurie
  • 13 Feb laurie holden
    Guided inquiry outcomes
    Hi Beata, Thank you for sharing these ideas. They are very helpful! I had a question I hoped that you may be able to answer. Did you have to obtain written permission to include the student work on your page? If so, which permission format...
  • 12 Feb Tamana Chanrai-Hills
    Oral IA Criteria, unpacked
    Hi David. That is much clearer now. Thanks for your response.
  • 12 Feb David Ripley
    Oral IA Criteria, unpacked
    I take it, of course, that you're referring to the HL Oral Interview, Tamana. If so, I think you've slightly misunderstood - there is no requirement in the instructions for the HL Interview to refer to the Themes (note capital letter), as in...
  • 12 Feb Tamana Chanrai-Hills
    Oral IA Criteria, unpacked
    Hi David, Wondering if you may know the answer to this. From what I have understood, during the 'Presentation' stage, students need to link the extract to themes studied in the English B. My question is, can students link the extract to any...
  • 12 Feb Özlem İLGÜN KAYA
    Sample orals, marked
    Thank you so much for your response.
  • 11 Feb David Ripley
    Sample orals, marked
    It is appropriate, Hande. The name of this culturally significant group is what it is - deliberately slightly 'rude', but that was their choice, and that is a historical fact. One could not refer to this group without using the name, so it...
  • 11 Feb Özlem İLGÜN KAYA
    Sample orals, marked
    Hi David, I am an IBDP (English B) Teacher in Istanbul, Turkey. I would like to ask you about an issue which I have faced during a student's choice of his Extended Essay topic. My student wants to write his essay about how the music group...