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  1. Absurd. Why are u not allowed to write a perfectly correct WA in English B? Two of my classmates taking English B write proficiently in English and produced flawless WA essays ( in grammar and style and yes, "flawless" according to their teacher and tutors) ... Why are u not allowed to? Also, there is no law against you spellchecking your work or having someone look at it if you are unsure of your writing. It's what writers do. I say ignore that advice and go ahead and produce your best work, flawless and all.
  2. Your selection is fine and in keeping with your humanities or political studies.
  3. OK, so it seems you can either continue with what you have started with (the Ich Bin Ein Berliner) or swap it for something else. I had a similar issue as you with speeches (what's to analyse??) but then got really good advice and samples. I cannot remember too many details now (there were a lot of things I covered with the one helping me), but it earned me "7" in the end. It was based on a Mandela speech. What I DO recall is "rhetorical aspects" (e.g. pathos-audience, ethos -speaker) are extremely important to account for in your FOA. You must also describe in detail what the context is (Germany - US, Cold War, Berlin Wall) and how it has shaped and formed the speech given. You must also account for the purpose and motive of the speech. There are a ton of other things (the stylistics) but these I cannot remember in great detail right now (it's been half a year now, since I did my first FOA) and they apply directly to my own speech. I was also told that involving your classmates is important too, so you should make your FOA as "interactive" as possible. There are different ways of doing this, and much depends on your class dynamics and your own preferences. The advice I got from my helper was really GOOD and meant I did not waste time waiting for classmates to answer (our class dynamics is pretty pathetic right now) but the teacher was impressed. It was a "true-false" type questionnaire that classmates filled in as they listened. It was phrased very carefully and was the basis for an interesting 5 minute discussion at the end. Does this help at all? I'll see if I can think of anything else, in the meanwhile, and I'll try to find my notes in the next hour or two with the good advice I got. It should help you a lot. Check again in an hour or two.
  4. Read through the English B guide .. any that is available, so that you know what is required during the two years. You can't really prepare for your classes yet, unless your teacher has given you the syllabus. If she has already given you the syllabus, then just read through your assigned literary works.
  5. Hi Ppboat, Did you figure things out already? All good? If not, just give me a shout. I might be able to help.
  6. Practice, practice -- lots and lots of it. Get your teacher to do this. It's the only way and I am speaking from experience
  7. voh26

    EE crisis!

    Hi Rawan, Get your teacher's advice for this. No one can tell if you have enough material, unless you feel this to be so. I am not sure if this helps, but there is very little to go on here., and I am not sure if telling us more about what you want to explore will help much answer your question.
  8. No one can predict anything, but how horrible could it have gone? What did you do that was so bad? Don't forget that you can still do well in organization and language if some of the other criteria are bad.
  9. You're not alone on this! Most of us worry ourselves to bits about this really intensive oral exam. It's a one-shot deal and it is nerve-wracking! I just completed my mocks (for us it was the IOC) so can say from this little experience -- be super well organised and know your works inside-out. you can never be really enough prepared. If you really have mastered your works, then identify all the key passages and analyse them to death before the IOC. You won't have time to do much thinking on the real thing. Don't hyperventilate in the exam room! Breathe slowly. Two of my classmates blanked out totally. End your IOC really strongly, not with a lame conclusion but a synthesis. Maybe this helps a bit.
  10. Oops, yes S African (I was thinking Luther-King, which is who we always talk about in class). Focusing one thing is OK, as far as I know because then you have all 10-15 minutes to really unpack and analyze in depth. Just make sure not to speculate about audience and effects, you have to have good reasons for thinking x or y is "appealing" to the audience and link this to the histiorical or cultural context. The context should not be simply tacked on either, it has to be an integral part of your presentation -- at least this is what was drummed into me and it took a while for me to fully understand what this really meant in practice. Tell me how it goes with your FOA! Good luck!
  11. I did my FOA in this too (Language and Power) and the cultural aspect kicks in if you discuss for example the biblical allusions (or influences) in his speech or how his contemporary audience (American, obviously) .. and mention the importance of the time/era, what was going on at the time, attitudes of Whites-Blacks and how his speech was indirectly (or directly) addressing these issues. That is all culture. Lang and Power can be discussed in terms of the rhetorical effect (power) of his words to influence. HOw did he seek to exert power through his speeches? Power = influence, the power to move people to action.... Does this help?
  12. I got a lot of advice for starting my EE (started 3 months ago!) not from my teacher either. But here is what I learnt and these were invaluable points -- make sure that your topic allows you to say something fresh and original. That's really important for the EE. The choice of work takes care of that partly, and yours seems relatively recent and not overdone; but from what I was told by my tutor some novels are not considered by the complicated or literary enough for an IB English EE, and I think I remember that one example of this was the Percy Jackson series. So watch out! Another very important point that I got is this: so that you don't get bogged down make sure your research topic is as simple and straightforward as possible so that you can rely mostly on the work itself (without having to do tons of research) and that you can easily and quickly find the details from the work without having to search and think so hard. You will then be able to get ahead immediately and relatively easily, with all the pertinent details presenting themselves to you immediately. You can then concentrate on working on a really great argument.. To my mind #2 and #4 in your list are the most promising and will allow you to accomplish all this. But you should really double-check the Percy Jackson LF is suitable. My guess is that it is not.
  13. Always start *early* -- and study every day for 30-40 minutes with a particular aim. Without an aim and no time-limit (I find for me, anyway) means that I find that after one hour, I can't recall anything. Then I realize too that I've been day-dreaming and not studying. Short, intensive bursts, just like working out or sitting in front of the computer (computer: get up, move around every 30 minutes, shake a leg) keeps you focused, concentrated. Make all your study moments purposeful - it makes a huge difference. Try it. You'll see.
  14. You'll do just fine! All your subjects are well chosen for what you have in mind and Yara hits the nail on the head when advising about putting effort into what you do. Take what you are interested in -- interest carries you far and makes it easier to dedicate time and effort to what you like doing. So do that Psychology. IB is about learning, not just cramming and thinking of exams and med school later. You have to choose what suits your desires, interests and aims. Good luck!
  15. It's hard to say without knowing the articles. Do you find them too easy? There is tons of general advice here, but not sure if it will help you know what to do with the simple-looking articles.

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