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Text type expectations free22 September 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

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

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

HL Sample F19 September 2019

.You can make use of this sample in three ways:Marking standards calibration ... to test whether the way you mark results in the same marks as awardedGuided tour of analysis ... to study the process of... 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

NEW Grade boundary chartfree27 August 2019

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

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

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

HL Crit.B1 'make use'27 August 2019

The key phrase of HL Criterion B1, in my view, is the term 'make use'. The 1-2 markband states "makes superficial use"; the 3-4 markband states "makes competent use"; and the 5-6 markband states "makes... 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

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

SL Sample Rfree28 September 2019

.You can make use of this sample in three ways:Marking standards calibration ... to test whether the way you mark results in the same marks as awardedGuided tour of analysis ... to study the process of... more

Links: texts for writing free30 May 2018

** Texts to encourage students to write occur all over the site, but particularly in :-> Teaching writing ... a wide range of models, organised by (i) text type; and (ii) purpose** Basic ground rules... 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

Proposal, modelled21 July 2018

.Writing a proposal is actually quite a complex process... well, writing a good proposal is complex: any idiot can dream up crazy, no-hope fantasies (look at certain politicians). It's also quite a challenging... 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

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

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

The burka issue 25 June 2019

You are what you wear ... Our clothing is chosen not just as protection from the weather, but as a statement of who we are - which includes what we believe in, which social rules we chose to observe,... more

SL Sample M6 September 2019

.You can make use of this sample in three ways:Marking standards calibration ... to test whether the way you mark results in the same marks as awardedGuided tour of analysis ... to study the process of... 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

A Summary of Guide 2018free16 October 2019

This page provides a very concise summary of the key elements of the 2018 Subject Guide. This is basically a check-list in note form, in order to give an overview - it is essential to read the Subject... 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

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

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

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

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

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

About a diary30 August 2019

Why do people write diaries? Worth asking the students this question... although probably not a good idea to ask 'Which of you write a diary?', since diaries are by their very nature a very private form... more

Speeches by students9 April 2014

The speech is a popular text type in English B exams, both for examiners and for students. This is because : It is worth noting that the Language B Subject Guide's list of text types (SL p.31; HL p.40)... more

Subject Guide overview26 August 2019

The 2018 Subject Guide forms 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 2018... 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

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

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

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

PR as blog6 April 2015

The student sample that forms the basis of this page is pretty well written, but more significantly it is a double model - it is both a good handling of the conventions of a Section A blog text type,... 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

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

New CUP Course Bookfree11 December 2018

Author: Brad PhilpotPrice: $ 54.30ISBN: 9781108434812Format: Paperback386 pagesVisit the CUP website The Cambridge coursebook English B for the IB Diploma is now published, and represents a valuable addition... more

Cat.2 clarifiedfree7 April 2015

The Coordinators Notes of September 2013 contained a clear statement defining what is, and what is not, acceptable as a 'cultural artifact' - the term which is the basis of Category 2 B for acceptable... more

E-marking issues26 April 2015

From discussions in workshops, it would appear that few English B teachers are familiar with the e-marking system by which most assessment components are now marked. This is not surprising since once... 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

How to write a pamphlet17 January 2019

.This page is based on a real pamphlet. What struck me about this pamphlet was that it conveyed exactly the sort of information any sensible reader would want to know, precisely, economically, and efficiently... 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

Scaffolding skills for the SL Oral 27 March 2019

....Laurie Holden teaches English at Strothoff International School, DreieichAs David Ripley outlines on the recent page titled ‘Orals: what's expected?’: “What exactly will be involved in the new... more

On writing reviews20 April 2014

Judith Goebel teaches English at Frankfurt International School I've always thought of The Review as one of the more interesting text-types to teach. One can allow a certain amount of freedom of choice... 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

Language analysis14 August 2017

I don't like the term 'impression marking', commonly used to describe the marking of any form of written work, from tasks in English B to essays in History. The implication of 'impression' is that one... more

Anatomy of errors28 May 2013

Errors jump out at us when marking. They do so because they are obvious disruptions of the patterns we expect, of linguistic correctness that we feel as 'natural'. The problem is that their very obviousness... more