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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.

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 and journals in the online classroom.

Advice from our teachers

In order to succeed, it is recommended students set aside seven to ten hours a week for the HL course. How much of the course material is covered in the classroom and how much via independent learning is flexible and to be decided by the school teacher.

Benefits to students

Taking English Language and Literature HL will enable students to:

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

Course availability

This course will be available for use by schools with enrolments from:

  • August 2019 for May exam sessions
  • January 2020 for November exam sessions

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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