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Inclusive language

17 September 2021

In a working party gathered to explore and discuss ideas for inclusion in the next Group 2 Subject Guides (due for introduction around 2026),... more

Kazuo Ishiguro

24 July 2021

I have just finished reading Kazuo Ishiguro’s latest novel Klara and the Sun. I find it a brilliant novel, absorbing and moving, and emblematic... more

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  • 1 Dec David Ripley
    HL & SL differences
    There is no difference between HL and SL in the list of text types, Forrest - students should be taught the same list at both HL and SL. Have a look at the page 'Exam list of text types' (further down this section 'Subject Guide Overview')...
  • 1 Dec Forrest Waudby
    HL & SL differences
    Hi,Do you know if any of the text types are 'HL only' or 'SL only'? I can't find anything relating to this in the guide or in other IB publications relating to 2020 onwards.Thanks
  • 30 Nov David Ripley
    Personal statement / cover letter
    You can certainly cite it, Terese - and thanks for the information. The only problem is that the format of tasks back then was different to the format now used for Paper 1 Writing tasks: now there are three optional text types offered.As it...
  • 30 Nov Terese Kerstinsdotter
    Personal statement / cover letter
    Having gone through my old exams ranging 20 years back, May 2004 actually has a personal statement/cover letter task. In that, students could choose whether they were applying for a job or for university. I use it when practising these text...
  • 29 Nov Noemi Tello
    EE tips & comments
    Hi there! What do you think about this RQ: To what extent does the film "12 years a slave" reflect the racial discrimination and violence in 1850 in New York? It's for Category 2. Thanks in advance. 
  • 29 Nov Nicola Fletcher
    Paper 1
    Thank you very much, David! This clears everything up!
  • 29 Nov David Ripley
    Paper 1
    Your questions, Nicola:1. There is no regulation about writing in columns, or showing the graphic layout of a pamphlet - and so there would be no penalty whatsoever for doing this in the exam. However... instructions to examiners state explicitly...
  • 29 Nov Nicola Fletcher
    Paper 1
    Hi David,I have two questions regarding Paper 1. 1) If students are writing a text type such as a pamphlet, is it okay for them to design the pamphlet and write in columns rather than writing on the script as normal? I have a student who...
  • 28 Nov Jaqueline Petrosky
    The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
    Oh, okay, found it!
  • 28 Nov Jaqueline Petrosky
    The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
    Okay, thank you.  "Using the Handout"--I will look for it under "Literature".
  • 27 Nov Samah Khamis
    The qBank
    Yes, it does. Thanks a lot, David. 
  • 27 Nov David Ripley
    The qBank
    If you click on 'Student access' (in the drop-down list from your name at top left), you'll find qBank there. Let me know whether this works or not?