Introduction to IB English and IB English tutor

Updated: Sep 23, 2019

IB English offers a wide variety of courses to cater with students with different needs. HKExcel, on the other hand, offers IB English tutor services to help in all courses. In this blog post, we will explore the various IB english courses offered and the ways that we can help.

Language A: Literature (HL/SL)

This course is for students that uses English as a first language and involves the analysis of literary texts.

The course can be broken down into 4 parts, with each part focusing on a different kind of literary work. These 4 parts would allow students to explore literature for a wide wage of genres, cultures and time periods. Through the course, students can learn to appreciate literature and to critically analyse their writing and reading.

Key features of the course:

  • Both higher level and standard levels are offered

  • 240 hours are recommended for higher level study and 150 hours for standard level study

  • 13 literary works are studied in the higher level course and 10 works will be studied in the standard level course in depth

  • The course aims to develop students’ ability to critically analyse literature works

  • Assessments include formal examinations, written tasks and oral examinations

  • For the formal examinations, one involves a unseen literary text, while one involves literary texts studied in depth during class

More details about the higher level literature course

The HL literature course can be broken down in the following parts in terms of the hours of instruction

  • Translated works: in this part, students need to study 3 pieces of literary texts that are translated

  • Detailed studies: Students need to study 3 works of different genres that are written by English authors.

  • Literary genres: Students will study 4 works from the same genre

  • Options: Students can study 3 works in any genre and in any combinations

Here are a detailed break down of the assessments:

  • Paper 1: Written commentary on an unseen text , counts for 20% of the final grade

  • Paper 2: A written essay to answer a question comparing 2 texts studied, 25% of the final grade

  • Written assessment: A literary essay on 1 of the works studied, 25% of the final grade

  • Formal oral commentary: 20 minute presentation, counts for 15% of the final grade

  • Individual oral presentation: 15 minute presentation, counts for 15% of the final grade

More details about the standard level literature course

The SL course is similar to the HL Course, but with less difficulty and depth

In terms of hours of introduction

  • Translated works: Only 2 pieces of translated texts studied

  • Detailed studies: Only 2 pieces of English texts studied

  • Literary genres: Only 3 works studied from the same genre

  • Options: 3 works studied

Here are a detailed break down of the assessments:

  • Paper 1: Same as the HL paper, but texts are easier

  • Paper 2: Same as the HL paper

  • Formal oral commentary: Same as the HL course

  • Individual oral presentation: Same as the HL course

Language A: Language and literature (HL/SL)

The Language and literature course relates both to the study of language and the study of literature.

Contemporary texts are also studied in the Language and literature course. The course is designed to help students understand how the context of the text helps to shape its text. Through active analysis with language, the Cours can help students to gain a further understanding in the world that we live in. The course is designed to develop analysis skills for both literary and non-literary texts.

The course allows students critically study and interpret written and oral texts from a range of different genres. Different types of texts ,from newspaper articles and advertisements to prose and poems would be studied.

The entire course is broken down into 4 parts, focused on different types of text. These 4 parts are designed to give students a wide exposure to different text types. Students can gain the ability to analyse texts critically and to present their ideas effectively.

Important features of the course:

  • Both HL and SL are offered

  • HL course involves 240 hours in class and the SL course involves 150 hours in class

  • At the HL course, students study 6 works, and in the SL course, students study 4 works

  • Through the course, students will develop the ability to critically analyse communication, becoming more aware of the relationship between texts, audience, purpose and various stylistic features

  • Works of different text types, from different time periods and from different cultural backgrounds will be studied. Ultimately, students can get a greater understand of how the context of a text can affect its meaning

  • Assessments include formal examinations, written tasks and oral examinations

More details about the higher level language and literature course

The course can be broken into 4 main parts:

  • Language in a cultural context: In this part, student will learn about audience and purpose of texts. Teachers are suggested to 60 hours to teach this part of the course

  • Language and mass communication: Student will study different forms of communication within the media landscape. Moreover, students will learn about the ideological influence of the media and how the media uses various stylistic features to achieve its purpose. Teachers are suggested to 60 hours to teach this part of the course

  • Literature (texts and contexts): in this part of the course, literature texts will be studied. In particular, students will learn about the context and stylistic devices in various texts. Teachers should use 70 hours on this part of the course

  • Literature (critical study): detailed study of literary texts will be conducted in this part of the course. Students should take 50 hours to learn this part of the course

Regarding the assessments of the course:

  • Paper 1: Accounts for 25% o the to a score. Students are required to write a comparative essay of 2 unseen texts