English A: Literature HL

"The language A: literature course introduces students to the analysis of literary texts. It is the course through which the IB’s policy of mother-tongue entitlement is delivered, and may be studied in any language with a sufficiently developed written literature.

The course is organized into four parts, each focussed on a group of literary works. Together, the four parts of the course add up to a comprehensive exploration of literature from a variety of cultures, genres and periods. Students learn to appreciate the artistry of literature, and develop the ability to reflect critically on their reading, presenting literary analysis powerfully through both oral and written communication.

 Key features of the curriculum and assessment models

-Students study 13 works from a representative selection of genres, periods and places

-Students develop the ability to engage in close, detailed analysis of literary works, building understanding of the techniques involved in literary criticism

-The study of literary works in context is emphasised, and through the study of literature in translation the student is challenged to reflect on the role of cultural assumptions in interpretation

-Students are assessed through a combination of formal examinations, written coursework and oral activities

-The formal examination comprises two essay papers, one requiring the analysis of a passage of unseen literary text, and the other a response to a question based on the works studied

-Students also produce a written assignment based on the works studied in translation, and perform two oral activities presenting their analysis of works read "

-IB Language A Subject Guide