Group 1 (Language A)

 

Courses offered:
English A: Literature (SL, HL)
Turkish A: Literature (SL, HL)
English A: Language and Literature (SL, HL)
Language A: Self-Study (SL)

The aims of Language A: Literature and Language A: Language and Literature at SL and at HL 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.

Language A: Literature aims
In addition, the aims of the Language A: Literature course at SL and at HL are to:
Develop in students an understanding of the techniques involved in literary criticism
Develop the students' ability to form independent literary judgments and to support those ideas.

Language A: Language and Literature aims
In addition, the aims of the Language A: Language and Literature course at SL and at HL are to:
Develop in students an understanding of how language, culture and context determine the ways in which meaning is constructed in texts;
Encourage students to think critically about the different interactions between text, audience and purpose.

A. English/Turkish A1: Literature (SL, HL)

This literature-based course enables students to study their 1st language through novels, short-stories, poems, and through other literary genres. The course's aim is to develop an appreciation of literature; written and oral skills in literary criticism; respect for the literary heritage of the 1st language being studied as well as an international perspective.

The range of texts investigated in the Language A course is broad, and pupils endeavour to appreciate their own language's complexity, richness, and nuances in a variety of contexts. The course specifically aims to cause a lifelong interest in and love of literature. Because of the international scope of the IBO, not only do students study authors who originally wrote in the language being studied but also authors who have been translated into the language studied. This allows students a broadened international perspective on human experience.

HL A1 Courses cover 13 literary works and contain the following 4 components:
A study of three Works in Translation, assessed by one written assignment based on one work that is 1200-1500 words, with a reflective statement that is 300-400 words, which is marked externally
A detailed study of three texts assessed by an internal individual oral commentary that is externally moderated
A thematic study of a group of four works that is evaluated by external written examinations / Paper 1 literary commentary and Paper 2 essay
A study of three texts linked by genre, theme, culture, style or period, which provides the foundation for an internal oral presentation.

SL A1 Courses cover 10 literary works and contain the following 4 components:
A study of three Works in Translation, assessed by one written assignment based on one work of 1200 - 1500 words with a reflective statement that is 300-400 words, which is marked externally
A detailed study of two texts assessed by an internal individual oral commentary that is externally moderated
A thematic study of a group of three works that is evaluated by external written examinations / Paper 1 literary analysis and Paper 2 essay
A study of three texts linked by genre, theme, culture, style or period, which provides the foundation for an internal oral presentation.

External Assessment:
Paper 1: A 2-hour (1½-hour at SL) literary commentary (literary analysis at SL) on a random passage. The student gets a choice of a prose excerpt or poem on which to write.
Paper 2: A 2-hour (1½-hour at SL) essay in which students answer one of a selection of questions based on each literary genre. In response to one question students write an essay based on at least two works studied in part 3.

Written Assignment: At SL and at HL students are required to complete an assignment of 1,200-1,500 words, with a reflective statement of 300 - 400 words, based on one work studied in part 1 of the course and assessed externally. Reflection on an interactive oral is part of the assignment and some of the writing is completed during supervised class time.

Internal Assessment:
Individual Oral Commentary: A commentary on an extract of 30-40 lines from a text studied in class. These commentaries are taped and sent to IB for moderation. Students are rewarded for detailed comprehension and analytical recognition of the literary techniques in the passage used to affect the audience. For SL the commentary is followed by questions asked by the examiner, while for HL the 10 minute commentary is followed by a 10 minute discussion based on one of the other works covered in part 2.

Individual Oral Presentation: Students choose a Part 4 work to present to the class. Students typically present their analyses as 15-minute slideshows, but a wide variety of presentation techniques are available.

B. English Language & Literature A1 (SL, HL)

This is a new course that has been introduced by the IBO, and shares the same aims of the Language A: Literature course, but in addition aims to "develop in students an understanding of how language, culture and context determine the ways in which meaning is constructed in texts", and "encourage students to think critically about the different interactions between text, audience and purpose" (Language A: language and literature guide). The course is designed for students who have experience of using English in an academic context. The course is comprised of four parts, two of which are based around language, and two around literature.

Literature, language and culture are the focal points of this course. During the course, SL students read 4 works of literature, while HL students read 6 works of Literature.

Group 1 - Language A: Language and Literature Assessment Outline
HL SL % of Final Grade
Individual Oral Individual Oral 15
Interactive Oral Interactive Oral 15
Written Tasks Written Tasks 20
Exams Exams 50










C. Language A1: Self-Study - Tutored Mother Tongue (SL)

The A1 Self-Study course is also an A1 course and consequently contains many of the same curricular requirements of other A1 courses. It provides diploma candidates a means of pursuing the study of their 1st languages when their level of English or Turkish is not suitable to meet A1 requirements. Students in the A1 Self-Study course do not attend regular classes; instead, they are given study hall periods to complete the course's requirements.

Self-Study Supervisors: A member of staff from the English Department supervises Self-Study candidates. The teacher typically collaborates with external tutors if the candidate chooses to use an external tutor. Book Lists for various languages are generated by the IBDP Coordinator and the English Department, but it is the student's responsibility to obtain the individual works. The supervisor provides general advice on the techniques required for such tasks as essay writing and commentary and ensures that candidates are familiar with the assessment criteria and corresponding descriptors for all assessed components.

Group 1 - Eng. A1 & Tur. A1: Literature (HL, SL); Language A:
Language & Literature + Self - Study (SL) Assessment Outline
HL SL % of Final Grade
Oral Commentary Oral Commentary 15
Oral Presentation Oral Presentation 15
1 Written Assignment and reflective statement 1 Written Assignment and reflective statement 25
Exams (Papers 1 and 2) Exams (Papers 1 and 2) 45