These courses arefor students for whom English is an additional language. Itmay also appropriate for those who are bilingual and who may want to study one of their languages in Group 1 and the other in Group 2.
TheEnglishLanguage and Literatureprogramme has been designed to give students a high level of competence in English and aims to broaden their understanding of the cultures where English is the medium of communication as well as to develop the skills involved in speaking and writing in all sorts of situations; it also aims to develop critical and essay-writing skills through the close examination of a wide range of literary and non-literary texts.
During the course you will engage in the discussion of key global issues, looking at the national and international implications they entail. You will explore the impact of the media on societies globally and engage in the detailed study of literary works; these include works written in English from several parts of the anglophone world and will introduce you to the variety of cultures that contribute to the canon of 'English' literature. This is one of the courses where the IB mission statement, with its emphasis on global citizenship, is most clearly illustrated.
English B is for students who require more emphasis on the grammar and vocabulary components of English.
The courses end with a combination of assessments of your progress and achievements. There are two written examinations, externally marked; these test your understanding of the content of the course. You will also be required to complete two written coursework assignments on topics arising from the course; these are also externally assessed. The oral assessment is internal and involves a variety of prescribed spoken tasks, designed to demonstrate your competence in spoken English.
The courses are varied and lively, enabling a very stimulating exchange of ideas and information on such issues as peace and conflict, human rights and global warming, and reflections on many different cultures.
English A Language and LIteratureand English B will equip you to undertake higher educationthrough the mediumEnglish with confidence.
International Baccalaureate subject grades range from 7 (best) to 1 (lowest).
IB Diploma pass ranges from total 45 points (maximum achievable ) to 24 points (minimum pass with 12 points across higher subjects)
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme We require at least seven GCSEs with an average of Grade 5, including English Language and Maths. For subjects you wish to take at higher level you will need at least a grade 6. International Baccalaureate Career Programme We require at least five subjects at GCSE grade 4 or higher, ideally including Mathematics and English and preferably with a grade 5 in your area of specialism. Strong interest in the vocational BTEC subject will need to be in evidence at the guidance meeting.