IB English Language and Literature

Head of Department: Mrs P Ager (Hons) Middlesex, PGCE (Anglia)

Course Outline

The English Language and Literature course aims to develop in students skills of textual analysis and the understanding that texts, both literary and nonliterary, can be seen as autonomous yet simultaneously related to cultural determined reading practices.
In view of the international nature of the IB and its commitment to intercultural understanding the Language and Literature course does not limit the study of texts to the products of one culture or of the cultures covered by any one language.
The study of literature in translation from other cultures is especially important because it contributes to a global perspective, thereby promoting an insight into and understanding of, the different ways in which cultures influence and shape the experience of life common to all humanity.

Course description

Part 1: Language in a cultural context:
Texts are chosen from a variety of sources, genres and the media – eg cartoons, advertising, blogs, political speeches, obituaries.
Part 2: Language and mass communication:
As above.
Part 3: Literature – texts and contexts:
Two (or three at Higher Level) texts, one of which is in studied translation.
Part 4 Literature – critical study: Two (or three at Higher Level) texts studied, one of which is in translation.


Examination weighting of final grade 70%
Paper 1
Textual analysis
Standard Level – 1 hour 30 minutes: analysis of one of two unseen texts.
Higher Level – 2 hours: comparative analysis of two unseen texts.

Paper 2
Literary essay:
Standard Level -1 hour 30 minutes.
Higher Level – 2 hours.

Written assignment

Standard Level – One creative response, 800–1,000 words.
Higher Level – Two coursework tasks: one creative response and one critical response, each 800–1,000 words.
Coursework weighting of final grade 30%
Oral commentary
15 minutes: literary commentary
Interactive oral
Group or class oral; individually assessed.