Language and Literature

Language and Literature

LEVELS: College Prep, Advanced, IB Standard Level, IB Higher Level

This course promotes an appreciation of literature and knowledge of a student’s own culture and that of other societies. The course is designed to develop students’ powers of expression, both in oral and written communication by emphasizing the skills involved in writing and speaking English in a variety of styles and situations. For the Literature component, students read several texts grouped by themes or genres. The texts are chosen from a broad list of prescribed authors and works representing different literary genres and styles in English, as well as literature from other languages and cultures read in translation. For the Language component, students are given the opportunity to explore how language develops in specific cultural contexts, how it impacts the world, and how language shapes both individual and group identity.  In addition, students will consider the way language is used in the media. Oral and written examinations are used to assess students’ individual language skills, their ability to critically analyze and comment upon familiar and unfamiliar texts, and their ability to express a personal and independent response to literature. This course is completed over a two year period.

LEVEL DISTINCTION:

College Prep
Literature: Required to study two-three literature texts.
Internal Assessments Only: Textual Analysis and Essays

Advanced
Literature: Required to study four literature texts.
Internal Assessments Only: Textual Analysis, Essays and Individual Oral

Standard Level
Literature: Required to study four literature texts.
External Assessments:
Paper 1: Textual Analysis (75 min)
Paper 2 - Comparative Essay (105 minutes)
Internal Assessment: Individual Oral (15 min)

Higher Level
Literature: Required to study six literature texts.
External Assessments:
Paper 1: Textual Analysis (135 min)
Paper 2 - Comparative Essay (105 minutes)
HL Essay 
Internal Assessment: Individual Oral (15 min)

GRADE LEVEL
11, 12

DURATION
Two-Year

CREDITS
2

COURSE TYPE
Advanced, College Prep, Higher Level IB, International Baccalaureate, Language A (English), Standard Level IB

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