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Paper 2 HL, marked28 June 2015

This section contains samples of HL Paper 2s, marked as an entirety.The value of this is to provide a benchmark of marking standards, against which everyone can calibrate. These standards are based on... more

P2 sample 128 June 2015

This sample was written under Mock exam conditions, and is based on questions adapted from two real IB papers.The handout Sample 1 gives the original script, clean and without annotations. more

P2 sample 216 August 2015

This sample was written under Mock exam conditions, and is based on questions adapted from two real IB papers. Marking Notes from those papers have been similarly adapted for guidance.The handout Sample... more

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

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

P2 sample 311 April 2016

This sample was written under Mock exam conditions, and is based on questions taken from real IB papers.The handout Sample 3 gives the original script, clean and without annotations.The handout Sample... 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

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

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

P2 sample 49 May 2016

This sample was written under Mock exam conditions, and is based on questions taken from real IB papers.The handout Sample 4 gives the original script, clean and without annotations.The handout Sample... more

P2 sample 59 October 2016

This sample was written under Mock exam conditions, and is based on questions adapted from two real IB papers.The handout Sample 5 gives the original script, clean and without annotations. more

P2 sample 69 December 2016

This sample was written under Mock exam conditions, and is based on questions taken from a real IB paper.The handout Sample 6 gives the original script, clean and without annotations.The handout Sample... 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

PR sample (B)19 April 2015

.This is an example of a Personal Response which is just about competent, but at a minimal level. The student's approach is reasonably sensible in addressing the stimulus, and the outline of relevant... more

Orals Criterion A10 March 2013

HL Orals Criterion A Keyterm Diagram SL Orals Criterion A Keyterm Diagram These Notes draw on the Notes for Criterion A Language in the written Paper 2 - inevitably, since command of language... 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

Orals: what's expected?8 February 2019

What exactly will be involved in the new Oral Interviews, for first examination in 2020? Many teachers are wondering about this, particularly because of deciding how exactly they should be preparing their... 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

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

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

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

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

Oral IA Criteria, unpacked6 February 2018

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

Section B design22 December 2016

The Section B task is based on what appear to be pretty simple stimulus statements. However, within that apparent simplicity, there are factors which may lead students to perform better or worse - that... more

PR & text types22 September 2016

Students should not waste time and words worrying about the text type while writing the Section B personal response.Yes, yes, I know the rubric says ... "Choose any text type that you have studied in... 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

Print versus internet10 January 2018

.Arguably, the last 30 years or so have seen a fundamental change in the whole structure of our literate culture - easy access to computers, and to the services of the internet, have changed the entire... more

Expanded Criteria10 February 2013

The writing of Criteria, as I've commented elsewhere, is a tricky job of finding a compromise between 'too big to use' and 'too short to mean anything'. The old, out-gone Criteria tended a little towards... more

The blood of strangers3 November 2013

'The blood of strangers' is a fascinating collection of short stories written by Frank Huyler, described on the cover as "a poet and emergency physician in Albuquerque, New Mexico". It is sub-titled... 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

Model instructions17 May 2011

Giving instructions is not actually as simple as it might appear. The subject matter might appear banal, everyday - but the mental approach has to be disciplined and methodical. Perhaps it is more difficult... 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

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

Social organisation unit: access to educationfree9 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

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

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

PRs compared #423 May 2018

.These three samples concentrate on marking around the tricky 8/9 border, or to put it another way, on the distinctions between 'very good' and 'excellent'. This in turn leads into trying to identify... 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

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

Paper 2 Criterion A10 February 2013

HL2 Section A Criterion A Keyterm Diagram SL2 Criterion A Keyterm Diagram 'Command' is a very wide and complex term, but here it is taken to mean 'control of the language system'. Assessing such... 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

Parkinson's22 November 2015

In dealing with the Option of Health, it is easy to spend most of the time discussing facts and information: about what constitutes health and ill-health, about how the body works and about how it can... 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

Section A design27 September 2017

The basic ingredients of Section A tasks, the basic rules of the game, were laid out in the page Section A . However, those ingredients may be selected and combined in different ways by the paper-setters.... 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

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

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

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

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 lit.text, analysed27 September 2015

A standard part of the design of Paper 1 is that one text is chosen to be more challenging than the others, in that it will require more sophisticated reading through the use of subtle inference skills.... more