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:

  • 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.
3. Assignments
Creative and kinaesthetic activities are used to help students acquire a well-rounded and in-depth understanding of literature. These include dramatic enactments, creative writing, debates, visualising literature as artwork, and collaborative cloud-based online activities.

Other than writing literary essays and commentaries, we use oral/performative presentations and interactive group discussions in various formats in order to engage students using different ways of learning.
4. Assessment Outline
Assessment Component
External assessment (3 hours)
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)
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)
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.
Internal Assessment
This component is internally assessed by the teacher and externally moderated by the IB at the end of the course.
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)
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)

5. Career Prospects
This subject enables students to succeed in a wide range of university courses, particularly in literature, as well as law, journalism, education, media studies, linguistics, languages, philosophy, history, and more. 

Some international universities may require Higher Level (HL) rather than SL English A, for English Literature, Law, Business or Philosophy.