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Writing samples,marked19 December 2019

.There is value in seeing how other people mark examples of students' work, so as to calibrate your own marking and check that your standards are more or less 'objective' (whatever that means). It is... more

Paper 1 sample exam #25 January 2020

This sample exam paper is designed and written to reflect the specifications of the Paper 1 Writing from May 2020.Each question contains the following basic elements:a context more

Revising for the examfree27 March 2021

You will have developed your skills in language and thinking by practising during the course - by reading and listening carefully, and by writing and speaking to complete the various tasks your teacher... 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

Writing criteria, unpackedfree19 February 2020

Here are the Paper 1 Written Production 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... more

Paper 1 advice to students18 December 2020

.Here is a presentation to help students deal with Paper 1 confidently and effectively.Make clear to students that they can handle Paper 1 to the best of their ability if they have a methodical approach.... 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

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

Covid conspiracy24 November 2020

A side effect of the Covid pandemic has been a parallel pandemic of conspiracy theories, fake news and downright misinformation. It seems important to draw students' attention to all of this, and encourage... 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

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

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

Critical thinking tasksfree16 March 2021

The basis of critical thinking must be the asking of questions. Questions start the whole process of inquiry – ‘critical thinking’ is reflective, feed-back inquiry. So, the development of critical... more

About blogging4 May 2014

The blog is a relatively new type of text, and it is evident that there are no formal rules for blogs - as yet, at least, and since blogs are as anarchic as the rest of the internet, perhaps never! We... more

HL Sample F8 December 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

Criterion A25 July 2020

.The analysis of the criterion is organised by bullet-point, in order to make the range of values as clear as possible. Note that:.SL & HL (as indicated)(Wording the same for all mark-bands at both levels) 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

Orals advice to students30 November 2019

The heading above says it all, really! Some students (and teachers) like to take a melodramatic view of the Individual Interview - as a cross between The Last Judgement and Shoot-out at the OK Corral... more

Black Mirrorfree26 May 2020

Varieties of ingenuity ... Human ingenuity comes in many forms: some impressive and useful, some banal and even dangerous. In addition, human ingenuity can be found in very different fields - as shown... 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

Covid rule-breaking21 February 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on all human societies. As with all stress-tests, this impact has raised questions, and perhaps reveals truths, about how those societies work. The article... more

Language & culture 29 December 2020

Most language teachers would accept, at least in theory, that it is valuable for students to understand something of the culture of the language that they are studying.But what does this really mean in... more

Reporting robot rights30 January 2017

We read news reports in order to know what's going on. This, I imagine, is axiomatic ... but it must also be axiomatic that news reports are inherently a selection of what is really going. This is inevitable... more

Opinion column samples13 August 2020

The term 'opinion column' appears in the list of text types in the Subject Guide (p.22), but what does the term actually mean?This page sets out to define the text type as clearly as possible, to suggest... 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

Paper 2 Speech (B)23 April 2015

.This is an example of a script which is competent ... but no more. The basic elements of the task set in the question have been addressed and can be detected clearly enough. However, neither have the... 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

Flour Babies18 May 2014

by Deidre Smith who teaches English at Stockholm International School Not one of Anne Fine’s better-known novels, I chose Flour Babies as it is easy to make connections to many of the Topics - both... more

HL Crit.B1 'make use' - advicefree13 December 2020

.Following the first exam session in May 2020, the Standardisation team now agree that, for marking Criterion B1, the most significant basic indicator is how often the presentation refers directly to... more

SL Sample R28 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

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

Links - Experiences7 January 2021

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

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

Orals: key terms & indicatorsfree28 February 2021

The exam sessions in 2020, the first year of the assessment system introduced by the 2018 Subject Guide, were severely affected by the Covid pandemic. However, this disruption actually increased the importance... 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

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

Key terms & indicators12 December 2020

In November 2020, we finally marked a real Paper 1, so there is a clearer idea about how the 2018 marking criteria really work in practice.Here are some suggestions about which are the key terms in the... 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

Paper 2 Article (H)15 March 2015

.The interesting thing about this script is the way that the 'article' text type has been handled. The label 'article' covers an enormous range of styles, formulas and approaches, and yet we recognise... more

Social media, explored29 September 2020

The Theme 'Social organisation' may be explored through analysing in depth the whole subject of the social media available on the internet. The internet's highly sophisticated technology makes possible... more

Literary study tasks22 September 2015

When I first started writing this site, my approach to the 'Reading good reads' section, addressing books for literary study, was to deal with each book in great detail and depth, with worksheets on every... more

American superiority?29 April 2020

I reckon that everyone in the world has a view about the USA. Usually without ever having been there and seen what the country is, in reality! A very common part of such views is that Americans seem to... 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

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

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

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

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

May 2020, reviewed 6 January 2021

The Report for the May 2020 session was completely atypical, in that it only dealt with the Oral Internal Assessment component - because, of course, the written exams were not held due to the Covid pandemic.... 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