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  1. Isabela

    FOA Topics Help

    Hey Guys! We are doing our FOA's in part 2 about mass communications, and i can't think of anything good to do. Do you guys have any ideas on what I should do? Or what did you guys do? I would really appreciate your help!!
  2. After much thought, I have decided I'm going to try and write an English A language-based essay. Here's hoping it'll be fun! This is my Extended Essay diary- maybe it'll be helpful to someone! If anyone else is writing an English A essay, please do let me know- maybe we can help each other! Creating a Topic I actually came up with a possible idea quite a while ago, but I forgot about it in favour of a tie between a history essay and an English essay. I wanted to write it about music, but after reading the EE guidelines for a Language A essay, my idea sailed right out the window. Oh well- I managed to come up with a new idea after discussing some of the ideas with my friends. For now, I have permission to go ahead with my topic from my supervisor, so I'm working on finding a research question and finding some more sources. Research Question As of now, I have a pretty firm research question, and I've already started researching! I'm reading some background information about the topic so I can better analyse my sources, and I've got to say it's really interesting!
  3. Hello, I was wondering if there are any restrictions on the uses of fonts and graphology in general in written tasks for English A (Language and Literature). I'm writing a diary entry for my written task and I wanted to use a handwritten font for it. Thanks.
  4. Hey guys! My class recently did a few in-class Paper 1 samples, and I did absolutely horribly in them! I seem to always get the wrong main idea and impression of the poem that we get, and the teacher told me they were not convinced by the examples I used to back-up my main idea. So I was wondering! Does anyone have any tips for analyzing poems you have never seen before? I already am aware of the "Read the poem at least 3 times before analyzing" rule! What can I do to be as close as possible to the real main idea? Are there any works that you guys can recommend me to read to gain a better insight of poem analysis in English A Literature and Language? (I'm HL, btw!)
  5. Hi my fellow IB classmates I am a Y11 student currently taking my first year of IB (it's been 2 months already as of this post) at an international school in Hong Kong. However, there's a special case for me. Originally, I am leaving for Canada or the United States to continue IB or IB/AP due to the limited subject choices offered here in HK. Due to certain events, I broke my forearm and in the process also severely damaged my ulnar nerves, preventing me to leave as constant medication is required. On the up side, my parents allow me to leave next year to continue IB in Canada or the states but there's some concerns raised from me at this point. Can you only take 1 language&literature subject? Or do you have to do at least 2 from group one? Here are my current choices in HK HL: English Lang&Lit, Geography, Physics SL: Chinese/Cantonese Lang&Lit, Business Management, Math Here is the subject list I wish to alter once I'm there: HL: English Lang&Lit, Geography, Physics SL: Music SL, Business Management, Math Is it possible? Furthermore, what will happen to my Music IA scores and what can I do with the predicted grades I got for Chinese Lang&Lit? Any help/response will do Thanks (sorry for the long passage)
  6. Can somebody please tell me some compare and contrast points between 'A Passage to India' by E.M Foster and 'A Doll's House' by Henrik Ibsen. I have exams coming up and I keep asking my teacher for notes and she doesn't give anything, I am completely lost and could use a little help please
  7. I've decided to base my EE on Language and literature. The two books I've picked is The Catcher in the Rye and The Perks of Being a Wallflower. However, I am having a difficult time forming and EE question. My EE advisor suggested basing my EE on how The perks of being a Wallflower is a modern version of The catcher in the Rye, but we are afraid that the EE will go off the Lang and lit area and.focus more on culture. Please do give your thoughts on this idea and/or suggest a better question. Your help is very much appreciated, Thanks
  8. I moved countries in the middle of my IBDP and I can't find proper experienced IB teachers anywhere to teach me English literature. I have done 2 units and have a predicted 7 grade in both my IOP and WA. Should I switch to language and literature and do a two year course in under 8 months?
  9. Hey!! I am doing my EE in English language and literature and it's a category 1 and it is on The Perks of Being a Wallflower. My research question is "To what Extent were the books that were mentioned in "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" had an impact on the mentality of the protagonist?" the thing is, I am starting to work on my EE but I do not know where to start. And I do not know if I have enough content for my EE!! Could I get some Guidance??
  10. Hey guys! First time here on ibsurvival, hope all of you are doing well It's time for me to chose my subjects for IBDP, so I was going through the choices and I stumbled upon English A: Language and English A: Language and Literature. I was just wondering the difference between the two of them, the advantages and disadvantages, and the features of HL and SL in both Language, and Language + Literature respectively! Thank you in advance! ali.asif
  11. So I decided to write a letter from the perspective of a Jewish refugee who moved to England during WWII. My teacher said I might have to reconsider the perspective because I'm pretending to be Jewish and writing a letter in English, when I would most likely be writing in German. If I state in my rationale that I have intended for the text to have originally been written in German and my text is a translation, would this solve my problem? I don't know if this would work since it might be not authentic enough or something.
  12. Vicky Palami

    Is this an acceptable EE question?

    I decided to change my extended essay topic yesterday and I wanted to know if you guys think my new topic and research question are alright. I'm doing it on language and literature. The books I picked are A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin and I'm planning on talking about symbolism in Sansa's storyline but I'm not sure if my RQ is alright or if I have to modify it because I don't want it to sound too simple or overdone, so if you guys could give me your opinion I'd appreciate it a lot. The question is: What is the importance of symbolism in Sansa Stark's storyline in A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin?
  13. Hello guys, I have a written task coming up on part 1 and part 2 and i have no idea what to do. It has to be based on a few videos that we have watched and texts we've read (george orwell shooting an elephant or i want a wife by judy stiffer) This is due in a week and as usual i have no real idea what i'm doing. Any ideas from IB students of the past. I wanna try to make it interesting. Thanks in advanced to anyone who can help me!!!!
  14. Is anyone taking Language and Literature in English? If yes, how are you preparing for it? :3
  15. Language and Literature Guide (2015~) Mandarin Version View File The official guide for Language A - Language and Literature, Mandarin Version. Submitter pppraz58 Submitted 02/26/2016 Category Language A2 Pre-2013
  16. The official guide for Language A - Language and Literature, Mandarin Version.
  17. Hello, so basically I read a post about EEs on English A1 and it said that you mustn't choose a novel that you've studied in class. I just wanted to make sure if this is true or not as I've been looking around for a while and I haven't found anything that would support this. Thank you!
  18. Hey! I would like to know which books did you read for Spanish A Language and Literature. My teacher told us that it is important to have the same theme in each book and we should choose carefully. She recommends books that we already read and we don´t like. Can you put your lists here? Thanks!
  19. Language and Literature Assessments HL: The Written Task Written Tasks 1 and 2 Students produce at least four written tasks based on material studied in the course. Students submit two of these tasks for external assessment. (20 marks for each task) Each task must be 800–1,000 words in length plus a rationale of 200–300 words. The written tasks form 20% of your grade. A written task demonstrates the student’s ability to choose an imaginative way of exploring an aspect of the material studied in the course. It must show a critical engagement with an aspect of a text or a topic. Written Task 1 on Part Four: Literature and Part Two: Language and Mass Communication Written Task 1 is an opportunity for you to demonstrate understanding and explore issues in language and literature in an imaginative way. “Imaginative” does not necessarily mean creative writing—as with all reading and writing in the Language and Literature course you are expected to demonstrate an intellectual engagement and understanding of the texts studied. The written task offers a more open opportunity to consider different methods for conveying that engagement and understanding. In addition, the written task is a chance to mimic and show your understanding of a form. This may range from a more familiar kind of writing such as an editorial, a blog or a pamphlet to a more creative text such as a pastiche, a poem, or a dramatic script. First and foremost, the written task 1 is not an essay. Beyond this, you will be looking to find an appropriate text type to use as a model. Written task 1 must be between 800 and 1000 words only. Written task 1 must include a rationale. The rationale should be between 200 and 300 words which do not count toward the written task word count. The rationale should explain the nature of the chosen written task including purpose, formal conventions, relationships to aspects of the course and any other pertinent information as to the aims and objectives of the task. There are four criteria used to assess written task 1: Rationale: Does the rationale adequately explain your work for the written task and how it is linked to the course topic? Task and Content: Does the written task convey more substantially developed understanding of the work; is the content appropriate to the task chosen and are the conventions of the text type understood? Organization and argument: Is the structure and organization coherent and sustained? Has the word count been met (two marks will be deducted from tasks that exceed the word count)? Language and style: Is the use of language and style effective and appropriate to the task chosen? As with any assessment task, examiners are looking for a strong understanding of the work or topic and a thoughtful critical engagement. Organized and polished writing is an asset but remember that this is most realized with careful thinking and preparation as well as consciously writing within your own abilities (use your own voice; do not try to sound sophisticated, but be open and honest in your engagement with the text). It is important to consider the most appropriate language for the task chosen (in terms of formality and accessibility), as well as the structure and details as reference points. In regards to the content, remember that the rationale, and by implication the task itself, should make clear the audience and purpose for your written task. For Pre-IB Writing, you will be writing two Written Tasks, one based on our study of advertising, and the other on Literature. Your choice of a task appropriate to the content will be taken into consideration. Possible Written task text types for Language and Mass Communication (Part 2): · An email exchange · An interview · A public health brochure · An opinion column · A letter to the editor · A screenplay for a documentary Possible Written task text types for Literature (Part 4): · An exchange of letters between characters in a literary work articulating their beliefs about and approach to a central problem in the work. · A multimodal digital project that traces and highlights complex narrative trajectories. · An imaginary interview with the author of a literary work regarding its adaptation as a movie. · A critical review of a performance of a text. · An editorial letter objecting to critiques of a work and arguing for its artistic or aesthetic merits. · An additional scene, chapter, or stanza drawing more particular attention to an important aspect of a larger literary work. · A short story exploring a minor character’s view of the main action of a literary text · A diary entry in which a character from a work of fiction reveals their true feelings about another character or any aspects of the action of a literary text · An episode from a literary text rewritten to place the action in another setting As you will be practicing the written tasks of newspaper articles (hard news and feature) and business letters in your English class, for this class you should select two written tasks other than these. Your Language written task should be based on one or more advertisements and your Literature written task should be based on either Of Mice and Men or The Absolute True Diary of a Part-time Indian. Alternatively, for the Literature written task, you could select a text you have read for independent reading and, subject to approval by your teacher, base your written task on that. -- By Elincoln ISM Language and Literature Literature Unit Literature Written Task-Major Assessment This task is potentially one that could be sent to the IB to be externally moderated. There are plenty of important elements to understand to succeed, but it is crucial to know that the choices you make to show your knowledge and understanding will have a big impact on your grade. You are given a great deal of scope to decide how and what to write. Your rationale will explain these decisions and why they demonstrate understanding of the learning outcomes. Task You are to write a written task (800-1000 words) based on a work of literature we studied and provide a rationale (200-300 words). You should also include a cover page with your name, the date, the title of the piece, the text type and the word count for the text type. Getting Started 1. You first need to decide which literary text your written task will be based on. Keep in mind that if you chose to focus on 1984 in a previous written task (even if it was for mass communication and news and media) you may not focus on 1984 for this one. 2. Next you need to identify the following – target audience, theme, purpose and the text type (again, you cannot choose a text type you have already used on a previous written task). 3. Determine what specific kinds of appeals (logos, pathos, ethos) should be used and how they will achieve your purposes for the written task. 4. Think about the response/reaction you expect from your target audience as a result of your written task and how you need to use language to bring about the desired reaction or response. 5. Your 800-1000 words will either use the literary techniques and language style of the literary work it is based on, or it will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of those techniques, so you should identify these literary techniques and devices ahead of time and set out to imitate or explicate them. 6. Your 200-300 word rationale will explain how your written task fits with the audience, context, purpose, genre (text type), and literary text on which it is based. It will also specifically link your written task to the relevant learning outcomes of the language and literature course (listed at the end of this document). Suggested Approaches to the Written Task · An additional episode/scene that takes place before the beginning of a novel/play and provides context for the opening sequence. · An additional episode/scene that takes place after the end of a novel/play and provides some further sense of outcomes for the characters. · Additional scene episode to be added within a novel or play. · A letter from one fictional character to another which reveals a change in the relationship between the two characters. · Diary of a character. · Parody of the original text. · Some text type which would exist in the reality of the play, novel, story, and that is a reflection of the themes and reality of the text. · A series of poems in imitation and faithful to themes, symbols, forms, structure of the original poet. · Using off-stage action or implied action as the basis for additional scenes and episodes. · Rewriting some portion of a play or novel, but altered so as to be faithful to the perspective of one character. · Other ideas as long as you get teacher approval. Additional Text Types You Might Consider Poetic communication Poetic communication involves simulating, inspiring, moving, shocking, entertaining or capturing the imagination of the audience. It is often characterized by literary features such as imagery, rhyme and narrative structure, and has a finer relationship between form and meaning than many other types of communication. In this context, “poetic” should be understood in its broadest sense and refers to literary features rather than the poetic genre. autobiography biography cartoon diary drama essay novel novella parody pastiche poetry short story song lyric series of poems travel writing monologue vignette Mass communication (be sure you do not choose a type you have used for a written task in your Mass communication unit). Mass communication involves informing, persuading or entertaining the audience. It is often meant to be quickly understood and may be characterized by brevity, precision or stereotyped language. It is intended to appeal to a wide audience. advertisement appeal brochure//leaflet editorial interview journalistic review letter to the editor magazine article manifesto news report opinion column speech Professional communication Professional communication involves presenting, analyzing or conveying factual information for a specific target audience. It is often characterized by formality of register, logic, detail and specific terminology. guide letter letter of application police statement medical report report set of instructions/guidelines IB A Language and Literature Assessment Objectives There are four assessment objectives at SL and at HL for the language A: language and literature course. 1. Knowledge and understanding - Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a range of texts - Demonstrate an understanding of the use of language, structure, technique and style - Demonstrate a critical understanding of the various ways in which the reader constructs meaning and of how context influences this constructed meaning - Demonstrate an understanding of how different perspectives influence the reading of a text 2. Application and analysis - Demonstrate an ability to choose a text type appropriate to the purpose required - Demonstrate an ability to use terminology relevant to the various text types studied - Demonstrate an ability to analyze the effects of language, structure, technique and style on the reader - Demonstrate an awareness of the ways in which the production and reception of texts contribute to their meanings - Demonstrate an ability to substantiate and justify ideas with relevant examples 3. Synthesis and evaluation - Demonstrate an ability to compare and contrast the formal elements, content and context of texts - Discuss the different ways in which language and image may be used in a range of texts - Demonstrate an ability to evaluate conflicting viewpoints within and about a text - At HL only: Produce a critical response evaluating some aspects of text, context and meaning 4. Selection and use of appropriate presentation and language skills - Demonstrate an ability to express ideas clearly and with fluency in both written and oral communication - Demonstrate an ability to use the oral and written forms of the language, in a range of styles, registers and situations - Demonstrate an ability to discuss and analyze texts in a focused and logical manner - At HL only: Demonstrate an ability to write a balanced, comparative analysis The above assessment objectives are from page 9 of the IB Language A: language and literature guide published February 2011 By Butcherr I just felt like posting since it was somehow deleted from my previous post.
  20. How did everyone find the Lit HL exams? Poetry or prose? Was paper 2 to your liking? Personally I loveeed the prose (teen angst and romanticism really speaks to me on a spiritual level) so I wrote about that but it was a departure from my usual safe "tried and true" method - usually I write 3 body paragraphs grouped thematically, this time I went chronologically and wrote eight pages :/ so yeah I'm a little bit nervous about how I went there. I did NOT like the Paper 2 drama topics!! They all felt quite general/vague and didn't really lend themselves to detailed thematic analysis, which sucks because I was dying to talk about the duality of sex and death in A Streetcar Named Desire. I know some people really liked the drama topics though. How did everyone else find it?
  21. Hi everyone, So I've been doing some Paper 1 practices in class (I'm in Year 11) and one thing I can't seem to get around is the conclusion for the Comparative Textual Analysis! I start out okay at the introduction, I get the content alright, but I never know what to put in the conclusion. I'd love some help! Any other tips regarding Paper 1 would be highly appreciated!
  22. Anyone know any good LangLit resources or websites??
  23. sharonparn

    English Extended Essay help?

    Hi everyone! To begin with, sorry if I'm not following the proper code of posting within the forum, it's my first time I have to submit my extended essay proposal in a while and I had a few questions. I take language and literature in school and I wanted to know, can the extended essay for language and literature be of the same format as that of literature? Can I base my essay around a book or write a comparison piece like they would do in literature? In addition, I could also use some advice for my book choices! I've narrowed it down to Dune by Frank Herbert, Catch-22 or Farenheit 451. Do any of you have any advice or input as to which book would be the best? Also, do you think it would be feasible to do a new book like Go Set a Watchman maybe for a comparative study? I've seen this question asked quite a bit in the forums but the answer always varies. Thank you so much for any input any of you have, it would be greatly appreciated!
  24. watsonswaltz

    Written Task 2

    I have a question about Written Task 2, regarding the question "How and Why is a Social Group Represented in a Certain Way?". My teacher says we could talk about more than one social group and that this will show a larger scope of understanding, but would it really give a better grade (writing skills aside), or is it wiser to stick to one social group? Any other input regarding WT2 and the selected question would be much appreciated. Thanks!
  25. Hi there fellow IB students, For those doing english language and literature Higher Level, my main weakness is indeed the introduction for my paper 1! is there anyone out there who could offer me tips and tricks to a more structured introduction? Much appreciated!

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