Studies in Language and Literature

English Language and Literature (SL and HL)


The L & L course is for students who are at native, or near native, competency in English. It is a rigorous course that focuses on literature from around the English speaking world, as well as cultural and linguistic elements of language that help students understand the part of the world that the literature comes from.

Aims/Goals (rewritten from the Language and Literature course guide, pg. 9):

  • Use a range of texts from different periods, styles and genres
  • Close, detailed analysis of individual texts, making relevant connections
  • Oral and Written communication and expression improvement
  • Appreciate the importance of context
  • Appreciate different perspectives of people from other cultures and how perspective construct meaning
  • Appreciate formal, stylistic, and aesthetic qualities of texts
  • Promote enjoyment and lifelong interest in language and literature
  • Understanding of how language, culture and context determine how meaning si constructed in texts
  • Think critically about interactions between text audience and purpose

Course outline:
There are four parts to the Language and Literature course.  The parts are listed here together, but will be taught in a different order over the two years, to allow for a gradual improvement in skills, and a grouping of texts and topics by theme.

Part 1 Language in a Cultural Context
This part of the syllabus allows students to explore language and its development within culture.  Issues such as how language impacts the world, and how it shapes identity are studied.  This section’s assessment links to the Further Oral Activities, and the Written Tasks, as well al allowing for essay and analysis practice.

Topics covered in this part:

  • Language and Power
  • Language and the individual
  • Gender
  • Translation

Part 2 Language and Mass Communication
This part of the syllabus has students look at how the media is using language to communicate. It also looks at how the production and reception of text is influenced by the way the message is delivered. This section’s assessment links to the Further Oral Activities, and the Written Tasks, as well as allowing for essay and analysis practice.

Topics covered in this part:

  • Stereotypes
  • Persuasive Language
  • Arts and Entertainment
  • Media Institutions

Part 3 Literature Texts and Contexts
This syllabus part has students study how meaning in longer work is shaped by the context and circumstances of tis production, as well as what readers bring to it.  Students practice close reading skills, and look at the relationship of a text to larger themes and cultural assumptions.  One work is studied in translation in this part.  This section’s assessment links to the Essay, a Written task, and provides opportunity to practice analysis and oral skills.

Texts studied in this part:

  • Wake – Sawyer
  • A Doll’s House – Ibsen
  • Death of a Salesman (HL Only)

Part 4 Critical Study
In this section students embark on a very close reading of texts. They look at how a text creates its meaning through use of words and phrases. Students develop the ability to understand and interpret literature, and the complexity of its construction. This section’s assessment links to the Text Analysis, the Individual Oral, a Written Task, and provides opportunity to practice essay skills.

Texts studied in this part:

  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Angelou
  • The Pickup – Gordimer
  • Alice Munro’s selected Short stories (HL Only)


  Exam paper 1 – Text Analysis   Externally Assessed – 25%
  Exam paper 2 – Essay   Externally Assessed – 25%
  Individual Oral – Completed in year 2   Externally Moderated – 15%
  Further Oral Activities – Done over 2 years   Internally Assessed – 15%
  Written Tasks – A selection of writing done over 2 years   Externally Assessed – 20%
  • Exams are written in May of the second year.
  • Individual Orals are done near the end of year 2, based on a work from part 4 of the Syllabus.
  • Further Oral Activities are done based on parts 1 and 2 of the syllabus.  These are completed in-class.
  • Students are required to write several written tasks, from which they choose which one(s) will get sent to IB to be formally assessed. HL Students submit 1 essay based on an IB set question in response to a part 3 or 4 work, as well as 1 more creative piece based on a part 1 or 2 work. SL Students submit 1 written task based on any part of the syllabus. Their writing can be of any text type.
    Check Managebac for all major assessment deadlines.

Language Acquisition

Individuals and Societies

Danish Literature

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Self Taught Literature (Mother Tongue)

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