Language A Literature
This is a pure literature course where students develop understanding of the techniques involved in literary criticism and it promotes the ability to form independent literary judgement. It covers a wide variety of texts such as poetry, short stories, graphic novels, drama and prose. This course will enable students to succeed in a wide range of university courses, particularly in literature but also in subjects such as philosophy, law and language.
Language A Language and Literature:
In this course, students study a broad range of literary and non-literary texts. Students investigate the nature of language and the ways in which it shapes identity and culture. Language and Literature is available as an HL and an SL course, following the same core units and texts. The core themes explore different writers, different places, and different types of texts, as well as the relationship between texts.
Language B courses are designed for students with previous experience of the language. The focus of the course is on improving language acquisition and skills through authentic materials such as magazine articles, films and podcasts as well as some literature. There are five prescribed themes: identities, experiences, human ingenuity, social organization and sharing the planet. Both SL and HL students learn to communicate in the target language in familiar and unfamiliar contexts.
School Supported Self-taught Language A Literature:
This course is similar to the Literature A course but is designed for students whose native/best language is not offered as a taught subject in their school. Students should be motivated, independent learners. The school will provide guidance from an experienced IB Literature teacher and the tutor should find a language tutor to help with the particular study of their language. IB offers this only as an SL option.