IB English Year 2
The course is built on the assumption that literature is concerned with our conceptions, interpretations and experiences of the world. The study of literature can therefore be seen as an exploration of the way it represents the complex pursuits, anxieties, joys and fears to which human beings are exposed in the daily business of living. It enables an exploration of one of the more enduring fields of human creativity, and provides opportunities for encouraging independent, original, critical and clear thinking. It also promotes respect for the imagination and a perceptive approach to the understanding and interpretation of literary works.
Through the study of a wide range of literature, the language A: literature course encourages students to appreciate the artistry of literature and to develop an ability to reflect critically on their reading. Works are studied in their literary and cultural contexts, through close study of individual texts and passages, and by considering a range of critical approaches. In view of the international nature of the IB and its commitment to intercultural understanding, the language A: literature course does not limit the study of works to the products of one culture or the cultures covered by any one language.
The aims of language A: literature are to:
- introduce students to a range of texts from different periods, styles and genres
- develop in students the ability to engage in close, detailed analysis of individual texts and make relevant connections
- develop the students’ powers of expression, both in oral and written communication
- encourage students to recognize the importance of the contexts in which texts are written and received
- encourage, through the study of texts, an appreciation of the different perspectives of people from other cultures, and how these perspectives construct meaning
- encourage students to appreciate the formal, stylistic and aesthetic qualities of texts
- promote in students an enjoyment of, and lifelong interest in, language and literature.
8. develop in students an understanding of the techniques involved in literary criticism
9. develop the students’ ability to form independent literary judgments and to support those ideas.
An Edmodo code will be given to students for access to specific class documents. Parent Codes are also available for Edmodo.
IB English Year 2 Assessments (Updated)
Internal Oral Commentary - Completed January 2016
Paper 1 - Monday, May 2 (a.m.) 2 hours
In Paper One you are given a choice of two passages (texts) to respond to. One is a poem, and the other is prose. It might be fiction or non-fiction.
Paper 2 - Tuesday, May 3 (a.m.) 2 hours
In Paper Two you will be given:" two essay questions on each of the genre categories represented in Part 3 of the PBL forthe Language A1 studied and " four essay questions of a general nature.The nature of the questions may vary slightly according to cultural traditions. For example,some questions may include a quotation.
- Candidates will be required to answer one essay question only.!
- Candidates should refer to at least two works in their essay.
- The major focus of the answer must be the works studied in Part 3; a work of the same genre studied in Part 2 may be included if relevant, but only in addition to the minimum of two Part 3 works required for the answer. All questions will make it possible for candidates to include a relevant discussion oftheir Part 3 World Literature work. Discussion of other works or authors should only be introduced as supporting material.