This course is a part of Studies in language and literature group of IB subjects. It introduces the critical study and interpretation of written and spoken texts from a vast range of literary and nonliterary genres. The formal analysis of states that meaning is not fixed but can change in respect to contexts of production and consumption. This course encourages students to question the meaning generated by language and texts. The course is available in 17 languages at both the level i.e. Standard Level (SL) and Higher Level (HL).
Key Features of the Curriculum
- Available at both standard and higher levels.
- Higher level and standard level study requires a minimum of 240 and 150 class hours respectively.
- Students must 4 works at standard level and study 6 works at higher level from a representative selection of places, periods and genres.
- Enables the technique among the students needed for the critical analysis of communication and interactions between text, audience and purpose.
- Makes students understand how construction of meaning is determined through language, culture and context determine from the study of different cultures, periods and genres.
The English course has been divided into four parts with each part focusing on the study of literary or non-literary texts. This division is done into two languages and two literatures.
Part 1: Language in cultural context (SL: 40 hours, HL: 60 hours) - This part explores how language develops in a specific culture, how it forms individual and group identity and its impact on the world. Some topics explored in this part are individual identity, communities, gender issues, sexuality, power, history of the language, translation, social relations, beliefs and taboos.
Part 2: Language & mass communication (Standard Level - 40 Hrs, High Level - 60 Hrs) - This section try to find out the use of language in various communication models like Internet, Radio, Mobile Phones etc. Some explored in this part are popular culture, bias, stereotypes, persuasive language, speeches and campaigns, government administration, media institutions, editing, and entertainment.
Part 3: Literature — texts and contexts (SL: 2 texts, 40 hours; HL: 3 texts, 70 hours) – This part explores the ways in which social, cultural and historical contexts influence the creation of literature through close reading and analysis.
Part 4: Literature — critical study (SL: 2 texts, 30 hours; HL: 3 texts, 50 hours) – This part explores literature closely, analyze texts and make use of literary terms.
Students are assessed through a combination of examinations, written coursework and oral activities. The examination comprises of 2 essay papers, where one requires the analysis of unseen literary and non-literary texts, whereas the other is a response to a question based on the literary works studied. Students will also have to submit written tasks in a variety of genres, and perform two oral activities to present their analysis of works read. The assessment is divided into three external and two internal assessment components.
A. Paper 1: Textual analysis (SL- 1 hour 30 minutes)/Comparative textual analysis (HL: 2 hours) (20 marks weighing 25% of the course)
B. Paper 2: Essay (25 marks weighing 25% of the syllabus, 1 hour 30 minutes for SL, 2 hours for HL)
C. Paper 3: Written tasks (20 marks (SL)/40 marks (HL) weighing 20% of the course)
External assessment accounts for 70% of the grade for the course.
A. Individual oral commentary - 30 marks weighing 15% of the course, 20 minutes preparation & 15 minutes delivery
B. Further oral activity - 30 marks weighing 15% of the course
Internal assessment accounts for remaining 30% of the grade of the course.
Note: - Above information has been taken from physics guide for IB teachers.