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English A Language and Literature HL

In this course, students study texts from 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. English Language and Literature is available as an HL and an SL course, following the same core units and texts.

What is different in taking English Language and Literature online?

Students will have the opportunity to:

  • learn at their own pace and in a location of their choice
  • develop their organisational skills
  • study alongside students from around the world
  • gain experience of using the latest online learning tools

Some things won’t be different though. Standards and expectations will be just as high as in a face to face classroom.

Themes covered through the course

The core themes of the class will allow students to explore different writers, different places, and different types of texts, as well as the relationship between texts.

Activities and assessment

Some activities assess student achievement against formal criteria, such as essays, content production and reflections.

Learning is also supported with discussion forums, journals, email, and weekly live lessons in the online classroom. These are assessed against Pamoja criteria that allow students to monitor the quality of their interaction and engagement with the course.

Advice from our teachers

In order to succeed, it is recommended students set aside seven to ten hours a week for the HL course.

Benefits to students

Taking English Language and Literature HL online will enable students to:

  • be supported by highly experienced IB teachers
  • develop independence in learning and time-management
  • develop their ability to work in a connected world
  • become experienced in a wide range of online learning tools
  • better cope with online learning demands in higher education

Required books

You must obtain copies of these books before starting the course.

Year 1
  • Philip K Dick (2010), Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Gollancz: London, ISBN-13: 978-0-575-09418-5
  • Carol Ann Duffy (2010), The World’s Wife, Picador, ISBN-13: 978-0330372220
  • Bernhard Schlink (2008), The Reader, W&N, ISBN-13: 978-0753823293
Year 2
  • Edmund Rostand (1991), Cyrano de Bergerac (*translation by Antony Burgess), Nick Hern Books, ISBN-13: 978-1854591173
  • William Shakespeare F. H. Mares (Editor) (2003), Much Ado About Nothing, (The New Cambridge Shakespeare), ISBN-13: 978-0521532501
  • F Scott Fitzgerald (1991), The Great Gatsby, NEW LONGMAN LITERATURE 14-18, ISBN-13: 978-0582060234

*Important that it is this translation
*You may wish to use EPUB/Kindle versions of the books, but be aware that not all EPUB/Kindle versions have page numbers. In most cases where page numbers are referenced, your course will specify the chapter and a line of text from a paragraph on the page.

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