English A: Literature (SL)
1. Curriculum Outline
This course is built on the assumption that literature is concerned with our conceptions, interpretations and experiences of the world. 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. The study of works in translation is especially important in introducing students, through literature, to other cultural perspectives. The response to the study of literature is through oral and written communication, thus enabling students to develop and refine their command of language.
2. Aims and Objectives
The aims of the Studies in Language and Literature course are:
  • To encourage a personal appreciation of literature and develop an understanding of the techniques involved in literary criticism
  • To develop the students' powers of expression, both in oral and written communication, and provide the opportunity of practising and developing the skills involved in writing and speaking in a variety of styles and situations
  • To introduce students to a range of literary works of different periods, genres, styles and contexts
  • To broaden the students' perspective through the study of works from other cultures and languages
  • To introduce students to ways of approaching and studying literature, leading to the development of an understanding and appreciation of the relationships between different works
  • To develop the ability to engage in close, detailed analysis of written text
  • To promote in students an enjoyment of, and lifelong interest in, literature.
3. Assignments
Students are required to complete a literary essay which is for 1,200 - 1,500 words in length on one work studied in Part 1 (Works in translation) in Year 1.
4. Assessment Outline
Assessment Component
Weighting
External assessment (3 hours)
70%
Paper 1: Guided literary analysis (1 hour 30 minutes)
The paper consists of two passages: one prose and one poetry.
Students choose one and write a guided literary analysis in response to two questions. (20 marks)
20%
Paper 2: Essay (1 hour 30 minutes)
The paper consists of three questions for each literary genre.
In response to one question students write an essay based on at least two works studied in part 3. (25 marks)
25%
Written Assignment
Students submit a reflective statement and literary essay on one work studied in part 1. (25 marks)
The reflective statement must be 300–400 words in length.
The essay must be 1,200–1,500 words in length.
25%
Internal Assessment
This component is internally assessed by the teacher and externally moderated by the IB at the end of the course.
30%
Individual oral commentary (10 minutes)
Students present a formal oral commentary and answer subsequent questions on an extract from a work studied in part 2. (30 marks)
15%
Individual oral presentation (10–15 minutes)
The presentation is based on works studied in part 4. It is internally assessed and externally moderated through the part 2 internal assessment task. (30 marks)
15%
5. Projects
Students’ written assignment which is based on one work in translation class can be regarded as an individual mini-project. Teachers will provide them with a set of questions out of which they can choose their question of interest and do their assignment. And for this students have to do research through different channels on their own to deepen their understanding towards their chosen question as well as make use of their reflective statements they have written after oral presentations done by them and their classmates.
6. Uniqueness of IB English Programme
This literature course encourages students to appreciate the artistry of literature and to develop an ability to reflect critically on their reading. Works are studies in their literary and cultural contexts, through close study of individual texts and passages, and by considering a range of critical approaches. Because of the international nature of the IB and its commitment to intercultural understanding, this literature course also helps in the study of works in translation that introduce students to other cultural perspectives. The response to the study of literature is through oral and written communication, thus enabling students to develop and refine their command of language.
7. Career Prospect
This subject will enable students to succeed in a wide range of university courses, particularly in literature, and in subjects such as philosophy, law, journalism, law and language. Some international universities may accept applications for Business Studies, English Literature, Law and Philosophy only from students with a higher level in English.