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

For a nervous first-time IB teacher, InThinking was there for me when there wasn't a lot of choice regarding teachers' reference materials. Now 5 years later, I still find myself coming back for teaching ideas and confirmation that I haven't gone crazy!

Timmy Yip, HKCCCU Logos Academy, China

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

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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

Subscriber comments

  • 22 Oct David Ripley
    EE tips & comments
    Yes, Derya. To the best of my knowledge, a student can choose any subject area, no matter what subjects they study as their Diploma programme. For instance, a student could choose to do an EE in Psychology even if he/she is not studying Psychology...
  • 22 Oct derya oral
    EE tips & comments
    Dear David I am abit confused about an issue. Can an English A lang & lit student do an ee in eng b? Thank you
  • 18 Oct Gabriela Muñoz
    EE tips & comments
    Dear David, With reference to the student who was interested in State of the Union Address, he finally limited his research question like this: "How does the use of the word ‘American’ in the State of the union addresses of Jimmy Carter...
  • 17 Oct David Ripley
    Listening exam #1
    I am not certain, David, but I believe that it is most likely that the second of your options applies - i.e. 5 minutes for each element. At at a recent meeting in Cardiff, it was mentioned in passing that Listening and Reading are considered...
  • 17 Oct David Cooper
    Listening exam #1
    Just a quick question. So the paper 2 is 2 hours reading and listening, does this mean the 5 minutes reading time at the beginning of the exam is for both papers, or do they get 5 minutes for the listening and the reading plus the reading for...
  • 16 Oct Nael Hamamra
    Listening Tasks
    Thanks a lot David
  • 16 Oct David Ripley
    HL Orals
    I'm afraid, Carina, that it's not part of the service that this site offers to provide detailed cross-marking of "a few examples" - there are currently 1519 teachers signed up, and I could not possibly deal with that kind of workload! On the...
  • 16 Oct Carina Bruzelius
    HL Orals
    Hi David, I have conducted an IO Mock with my students and I have a few examples that I would like to share with you. What is the most convenient way of sharing them? I would also appreciate some feedback since I am still struggling to fully...
  • 16 Oct David Ripley
    Listening Tasks
    Indeed, Nael, such a document was published at the end of August, and you can find it by following these directions : Programme Resource Centre > Diploma programme > Language Acquisition: Language B (first assessment 2020) > Assessment/General...
  • 16 Oct Nael Hamamra
    Listening Tasks
    Hello David, I have heard that IB has published an instruction document for language B listening, on how to conduct the exam, but I can not find that anywhere. Can you please clarify and help me out if there is a PDF or link for such a document? Many...
  • 15 Oct Gabriela Muñoz
    EE tips & comments
    Dear David: I really appreciate your feedback. The questions you suggest are very important and I will definitely use them with my student. By exposing her to these questions and encourage her to search for answers, I am sure she will a much...
  • 14 Oct Brian Carl Li
    HL Sample F
    Thanks David. As you mentioned, it's really a shot in the dark with the marking until the standards are out. I recently did a workshop about the new English B and when we did a group assessment on an IA-sample, there was a wide range of all...