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Identity unit: Beliefs & values14 February 2019

This is one of a series of pages designed to illustrate how to go about developing plans for teaching the Themes. These should not be seen as complete downloadable packages, but rather as drafts or explorations.... more

Listening exam #128 May 2019

This is a complete exam, following the pattern of the new Listening Component. I would immediately point out that it is in no way an 'official' example. I have not seen the specifications in instructions... more

Themes, 2018 onwards8 May 2018

The Themes required by the 2018 Subject Guide are wider than the Topics of the 'old' Subject Guide - but in fact, they cover much the same ground as the old Topics. So, how do we deal with them? more

Social organisation unit: access to education9 April 2019

This is one of a series of pages designed to illustrate how to go about developing unit plans for teaching the Themes. These should not be seen as complete downloadable packages, but rather as drafts... more

Listening question types6 February 2018

Listening comprehension is not really the same as reading comprehension, and so the question mechanisms by which listening is tested have to be not quite the same.The difference between reading and listening... more

Oral IA Criteria, unpackedfree1 August 2019

Here are the Oral IA Criteria organised by bullet-point, in order to make the range of values as clear as possible. Note that:HL and SL distinctions - In Criterion A Language, there is mainly a 'one-step'... more

Text types, sorted for use6 February 2018

The list of text types in the Guide is very long - although we must never forget that the Guide introduces the list by stating "The examples shown are neither prescriptive nor exhaustive": in other words,... more

Reading question types2 April 2018

Testing reading comprehension has a long history, and many different types of question have been tried. The challenge is to find question types which are both efficiently reliable in objective terms and... more

Themes21 March 2018

The concept of 'Themes' in the 2018 Subject Guide replaces the concept of 'Topics' in the 2011 Subject Guide. The word 'Topics' is still used, but in the sense of aspects or areas within the the overall... more

Text types, explored6 February 2018

The 2018 Subject Guide provides a larger list of text types ... but this does not represent such a great change as might be imagined, since most of these exist in the current systemFrom 2018, text types... more

Exam list of text types12 March 2019

The IB has published the promised list of text types which will be used in the new Paper 1 Writing.You can find it by going to the Programme Resource Centre (PRC), and then...> Diploma Programme > Language... more

Human ingenuity unit: Innovation in technology21 February 2019

This is one of a series of pages designed to illustrate how to go about developing unit plans for teaching the Themes. These should not be seen as complete downloadable packages, but rather as drafts... more

Wanting amputation25 July 2019

The identity of the body ... We surely see our body as a crucial part of our identity. Our body identifies our gender, and so our gender roles ... it defines our physical abilities, for better or worse... more

NEW Grade boundary chartfree25 September 2018

Until the first examination session for the 2018 Subject Guide, in May 2020, we will not know with any precision what the grade boundaries will be. These will only be decided properly once the senior... more

Blind datefree8 August 2019

The experience of discovering people ... all relationships start somewhere, with a first impression, and that is particularly true of first dates. The text that forms the basis of this page comes from... more

Experiences unit: war and peace18 June 2019

This is one of a series of pages designed to illustrate how to go about developing unit plans for teaching the Themes. These should not be seen as complete downloadable packages, but rather as drafts... more

The Xenophobe18 July 2019

Identity as what you're NOT ... Arguably, one of the main causes of hatred is that by rejecting the Other (whatever or whoever it may be), we reinforce our sense of who WE are. Unfortunately, the bizarre... more

Literature11 February 2018

The 2018 Subject Guide requires, at HL, that students should study two literary texts - and their grasp of these texts is assessed in the internal assessment Individual Oral.The requirements for the study... more

Reading Good Reads4 August 2018

This part of the site deals with books (mainly, but not exclusively, novels) aimed at seducing students into extended reading.Not an easy task, of course, as far as many students are concerned ! In a... more

Conceptual understandings12 February 2018

The conceptual understandings specified by the Subject Guide are easy enough to understand in general terms - but what do they mean in practical teaching terms? What do we actually focus on in order to... more

Unit planning theory7 May 2015

The Approaches to teaching and learning (ATLs) document on the OCC has a section on planning units (pp.30-32), and the OCC section also provides suggested templates for unit plans. You might have a glance... more

Specific Oral skills31 May 2015

By 'specific skills', I wish to define the kind of approach required for each text type, and the kind of language expected. These can be seen as 'transfer goals' - the term used in the IB's unit plan... more

The English are best 25 January 2019

Identity as caricature ... As individuals, we take part of our personal identity from the public identity of the group to which we are attached, to which we belong. But do we really 'belong' to a group?... more

English in India 24 November 2018

Identity & language ... The language you speak obviously has a major role in defining who you think you are. In turn, this means that social groups coalesce around each language. However, language is... more

Social organisation22 July 2018

In a way, the Theme 'Social organisation' overlaps with all the other themes - for without social organisation, how would we form our identity? ... how would our experiences be reduced? ... in what ways... more

Links - Experiences6 February 2018

Here are a wide range of links to pages which contain material relevant to 'Experiences':-Nationalist myths ... a lively, accessible account of conversations with nationalists, evoking how they see... more

Unit planning practice7 May 2015

The page Unit planning theory ​set out to explore the concept of unit plans, and to define the terms used in the IB's concept. But what does this mean in practice? And more significantly, how does one... more

Course ingredients21 June 2015

On sitting down to design an English B course, it seems wise to survey the field of materials available, and assess what may be useful. This is both to check that we have have everything needed, and also... more

New OUP Course Bookfree7 May 2018

Author Kevin Morley and Author Kawther Saa'd AldinPrice: £44.99 +VAT ISBN: 978-0-19-842232-7Pack: 456 pagesVisit the OUP website pageClosely following the publication of the new Language B Subject Guide... more

The Migrant's Tale5 December 2018

First-hand experience ... We think we know what we are experiencing, minute by minute, now - but how could we actually write it down and retain it? The moment we start doing so, our experience of our... more

Subject Guide 20187 February 2018

The 2018 Subject Guide is to form the basis for English B teaching for at least the seven years from September 2018. To be more precise:-This section of the site sets out to provide an overview of the... more

The qBankfree20 July 2017

The qBank feature is a data-base of question items for exercising and drilling specific points of grammar. The software that this site provides makes it possible to > produce quickly and easily grammar... more

Respecting cultural diversity? 15 November 2018

The impact of culture on identity ... we would all accept that our sense of who we are is influenced by the culture(s) in which we live - but how do we negotiate with other cultures ... and therefore... more

Human ingenuity10 August 2018

The area of 'Human ingenuity' is pretty vast. The most obvious and common interpretation is 'technological cleverness', but arguably you can be ingenious in practically any area - poetry, in politics,... more

Sharing the planet10 August 2018

This is perhaps the most 'objective' of the Themes, since it must deal with physical facts and large-scale processes which may be little concerned with the subjective experiences of individuals. This... more

An excellent EEfree16 October 2016

The Extended Essay that provides the basis for this page was awarded an A. This means that it pretty well fulfilled the expectations that the IB has for how to handle the EE task. It can, therefore be... more

EE checklists12 January 2014

Being an Extended Essay supervisor can be a tricky job. I offer some practical techniques to focus and organise the support that can be offered to students. The point of a checklist is to provide a... more

Sample programmes24 September 2010

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Text type expectations free18 March 2019

What should we be teaching our students about the text types required under the new Subject Guide (2018, for first assessment in 2020)? To put it another way, how will they be expected to handle each... more

Class, jokes, and linkers 5 November 2018

Identity and class ... one of the standard ways of defining identity, both of others and of ourselves, is through categories of class - but what do we mean by 'class' ... how do we recognise class differences?... more

Skim normal22 May 2019

The evolution of ingenuity ... The use of language is ingenuity in action. The selection of words, the organisation of ideas, the adjustment to audience and context - all of these require the constantly... more

Burka Avenger 20 October 2018

How fiction may create and debate identity ... this page features a Pakistani animated series about a heroine who fights for women's rights while disguised with a burka. This raises all sorts of issues,... more

Diagnostic testsfree27 November 2016

The diagnostic test is a very significant tool for the English B teacher. To be able to diagnose accurately each student's strengths and weaknesses is important for any English teacher - but in the EFL... more

Migration, facts & fictionfree21 August 2016

Migration is a global issue ... but this is nothing new. Throughout recorded history (and before, presumably), there have been waves of migration. And, frankly, current concerns about migrants are insignificant... more

New course sample outline3 November 2010

The new Language B Subject Guide is not yet public (November 2010), but from already published summaries, it is possible to see what sort of course structure will be expected. This fictional sketch is... more

Audience6 February 2018

..That language is used to communicate to an audience is obvious - but given that basic idea, tricky questions arise. Which audience? How do texts relate to an audience? And how do we identify an 'audience'?... more

Oral practice with Flipgrid14 December 2017

by Beata Mirecka-Jakubowska, IB English B, Jakarta Intercultural School, IndonesiaFlip your Orals with Flipgrid ... When students hear that 15% of their grade derives from Individual Oral assessment,... more

2018 Criteria, analysed18 August 2017

Students submitting Extended Essays from May 2018 onwards will have to submit their Extended Essay according to the new Extended Essay Subject Guide. In other words, students starting the Diploma from... more

Eng B Skills, reviewedfree16 February 2014

English B for the IB Diploma ... Kawther Saa'd AlDin, Jeehan Abu Awad, Tiia Tempakka, Kevin Morley OUP; Oxford IB Skills and Practice series Price: £22.00 ISBN: 978-0-19-839284-2 Paperback:... more

Listening sample #519 March 2019

This is a pretty simple recording. Unsurprisingly, because it is from the BBC' s Learning English service: specifically, from the series of short programmes called 'The English we speak' - click on the... more