USING THIS SITE (teachers)
The InThinking English B website is intended to provide a rich bank of resources to support English B teachers in all aspects of their teaching.
These resources fall into four main categories:
... principally sections about IB documents which define and explore what is expected in an English B course. See particularly...
Subject Guide overview ... covering all of the major features of the current Language B Subect Guide
Framework documents ... analysing and discussing various IB documents about general educational principles
Assessment ... a section covering the main components of Language B assessment
... a wide range of ideas and suggestions about how to teach language well, both in terms of aims (what we should be teaching) and means (how we should be teaching). See particularly...
Techniques, Activities & Tasks ... a toolkit of transferable practical techniques, to be adapted and applied as necessary
ATLs - core & ATLs - applications ... pages which introduce the important IB document 'Approaches to teaching and learning' - the many subordinate pages provide detailed activities which put the principles of this document into practice.
... concrete stimulus materials, along with ways to use them, ready to be presented to students. Such materials occur in many places in the site, but see particularly ...
Themes, 2018 onwards ... the largest body of teaching materials are related to the Themes required for study by the Subject Guide, including texts for reading, comprehension exercises (both on-paper and online), video and audio recordings, and so on.
TOK, language & communication ... this section provides masses of material to cover the Theory of Knowledge (TOK) element of the Language B programme - which overlaps, naturally enough, with issues raised in the whole field of media and communications.
... many 'Teaching materials' pages can be made directly available to students who are registered under the Student Access system (see STUDENT ACCESS ). Such pages fall into two main types
Reference ... certain sections are designed to provide basic information and instruction which students can access on their own, in order to check and revise their understanding. See particularly ...
Key Language Issues ... most pages in this section are designed to provide clear explanations of important aspects of grammar; and many have supporting quizzes to practise and embed the knowledge
Text type expectations ... this comprehensive and detailed analysis of what is required in writing the text types is open for reference purposes to both teachers and students
'TASKS' ... many pages providing in-class teaching materials also have a version headed 'TASKS' - these contain the same materials presented in a form so that students can carry out the tasks online, on their own, in their own time. The tasks typically include (i) a Reading activity (with stimulus text, with comprehension exercises), and (ii) a Writing activity (drawing on the stimulus text, and practising a required text type). To illustrate, look at this pair of pages ...
Combining the resources
The key principle underlying the selection of all these resources is that everything in this site should be adapted to the actual needs and interests of the students. This follows from fundamental IB documents: (i) the Language B Subject Guide does not contain any detailed syllabus of mandatory knowledge; and (ii) the document Approaches to teaching and learning emphasises such adaptation of teaching to each student's individual development.
Accordingly, you will not find any standardised 'course' which can be downloaded in its entirety and simply programmed into the class room.
I invite you to rummage around the site, particularly in the areas containing teaching materials ... find texts which appeal to you, and which you think will stimulate your students ... then draw up a running order, based on linkages between the various pages, and on the way you wish to cover the Themes.
And to help you to make connections...
Links & extensions
... look for boxes like this, which appear in most of the pages with teaching materials.
Each box contains links to other pages in the site, which are connected by subject matter, or by techniques of language or communication. This will enable you to build up a sequence of lessons, leading the students through an interesting pattern of related ideas.
This site is a net, in which everything can be related to everything else. So - ramble and browse and create!