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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

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

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

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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

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  • 19 Sep Deidre Smith
    Orals: what's expected?
    Hi David I have a question about students with dyslexia - do you think it is OK for us to read out the texts for them? In other exams, they get extra time but we have been told that they do not get extra time for the orals. I think this is...
  • 18 Sep David Ripley
    Listening exam #1
    I believe that these questions are of HL standard, Betul - but no-one can be sure until we see what the real exams are like. I have also heard other people saying that the questions are quite difficult... so perhaps your students are just rather...
  • 18 Sep BETÜL KARCIOĞLU
    HL Orals
    Thank you very much David.
  • 18 Sep BETÜL KARCIOĞLU
    Listening exam #1
    Hello David , thank you very much for these compiling this listening task, I used the first sample in my 11th grade. I and my students fond them really easy. I want to be sure that those questions are HL. Another question is do both HL and...
  • 17 Sep Jennifer Wieland
    Extended Essay 2018
    Thanks so much for your prompt reply. We've had the conversation and she took it remarkably well!
  • 17 Sep David Ripley
    Writing criteria, unpacked
    There is no official IB grade boundary chart as yet - nor will there be anything like that until after the first exam session in May 2020. However, have a look at the page on this site 'NEW grade boundary chart' (under 'Assessment') - this...
  • 17 Sep English B Department
    Writing criteria, unpacked
    Hi! how can I get hold of the new grade boundary chart?
  • 17 Sep Gabriela Muñoz
    EE tips & comments
    Hi David, I really appreciate your feedback. I would need to go back to you and ask more quetions, once I have information from the student's ability cope with the algorithm chart. Thank you. Gabriela
  • 17 Sep David Ripley
    EE tips & comments
    I would have thought that topic 1 is the most interesting, Gabriela. To use an algorithm as part of the research process is likely to be impressive (and also highly relevant to the world of 2019!). That said, you should check very carefully...
  • 17 Sep David Ripley
    Cat.2 clarified
    Your response is correct, Denise - the primary source material for an English B EE should be thoroughly English (in English, by English authors)... so a German band singing about German issues would only be possible for a German B EE. As to...
  • 17 Sep David Ripley
    HL Orals
    I see no reason why not, Betul. It is perfectly allowable to use 'a collection of short stories' as one of your 'literary works' - and it seems that you have done short stories as a supplement to the two works that you have already done. I...
  • 17 Sep David Ripley
    HL Orals
    This issue was discussed at a meeting at the IB this last weekend. To summarise the points made:- 1. Graphic novels are acceptable as literary works, since the Guide does not exclude them in any way. 2. The word count instruction for HL Orals...