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IB English A; Language and Literature Course

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Transcript of IB English A; Language and Literature Course

IB English A; Language and Literature Course
Introduction
Available in a number of languages
Provides global perspective; how cultures influence and shape experiences of life
Main Purpose: question the meaning of language and texts to become aware of the wider context
Develop skills of textual analysis and understanding the texts
Overview
Divided into 4 parts; each further subdivides into 'Standard Level' (SL) or 'Higher Level' (HL)
Part 1: Language in cultural context
Part 2: Language and mass communication
Part 3: Literature—texts and contexts
Part 4: Literature—critical study
Part 1: Language in Cultural Context
Focus:
How does language develop in specific cultures?
How does it impact the world?
How it shapes both individuals and groups?
Learning Outcomes:
Analyze the affect of audience/ purpose on the structure/content
Analyze the impact of language changes
How are language & meaning shaped by culture/context
Part 1: SL / HL
SL
Fewer topics covered
HL
More topics covered
Part 2: Language and Mass Communication
Focus
How is language used in the media?
How are the production and reception of the text influenced by the medium?
Learning Outcomes
Examine different forms of communication within the media
What is the potential for educational, political, or ideological influence of the media
Part 2: SL / HL
SL
Fewer topics covered
HL
More topics covered
Part 3: Literature—Text and Contents
Focus
Relationship between literature & issuse at large
How texts make up and transform inherited literary & cultural traditions
Allows students to reflect on their own cultural assumptions
Learning Outcomes
How does the changing historical, cultural, social contexts influence how texts are written/percieved
How can the formal elements, genre, structure be influenced by context
Understand the attitudes & values expressed, and its impact on the readers
Part 3: SL / HL
SL: Study two literary texts
One must be from PLT list
One can be chosen freely (written in the language A studied)
HL: Study three literary texts
One must be from PLT list
One must be from PLA for the language A studied
One can be chosen freely (may be in translation)
Part 4: Literature—Critical Study
Focus
learn to close read for better understanding and interpretation of literature
Understand the complexities and intricacies of the context
Learning Outcomes
Examine literary works in detail
Analyze elements of literary texts (theme, moral values, etc.)
Understand and utilize literary terms
Part 4: SL / HL
SL
Study two literary texts
Both from PLA for the language A studied
HL
Study three literary texts
All of which from PLA for the language A studied
Assessment Intro
Integral part of teaching and learning
support curricular goals and encourage appropriate student learning
External assessment- marked by IB examiners
Internal assessment- marked by teachers
2 types of assessment
Formative- feedback to students; develop understanding and capabilities;
Summative- overview of previous learning; achievement
SL: External Assessment Outline
Paper 1: Textual Analysis
write an analysis on one of the two unseen texts
Paper 2: Essay
respond to one of the six questions; write an essay based on the literary texts studied in part 2 of the course
Written Tasks
write at least three written tasks; submit one of which for external assessment
SL: Internal Assessment Outline
Individual Oral Commentary
comment on an extract from a literary text; given two guiding questions
Further Oral Activity
finish at least further two oral activities (one based on part 1, another based on part 2 of the course)
the mark for one of which is submitted for final assessment
HL: External Assessment Outline
Paper 1: Comparative Textual Analysis
write a comparative analysis on one of the two pairs of unseen texts given
Paper 2: Essay
respond to one of the six questions; write an essay based on at least two of the literary texts studied in part 3 of the course
Written Tasks
write at least four written tasks; submit two of which for external assessment
Individual Oral Commentary
comment on an extract from a literary text; given two guiding questions
Further Oral Activity
finish at least further two oral activities (one based on part 1, another based on part 2 of the course)
the mark for one of which is submitted for final assessment
HL: Internal Assessment Outline
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