English Language and Literature

Languages, Literature and Culture

Languages, Literature and Culture
Languages, Literature and Culture
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What will you be working towards?

Alternative Title Studies in Language and Literature
Code PA/B4
Qualification Type International Baccalaureate Diploma
Qualification Level Higher Level
Course type Full Time


In this course, students study a wide range of literary and non-literary texts in a variety of media. By examining communicative acts across literary form and textual type alongside appropriate secondary readings, students will investigate the nature of language itself and the ways in which it shapes and is influenced by identity and culture. Approaches to study in the course are meant to be wide ranging and can include literary theory, sociolinguistics,  It is recommended that students have had experience of writing critical essays about texts and some prior knowledge of media texts will help. The course offers the opportunity for continued language development and the acquisition of a range of skills including, for example, textual analysis and the expression of literary appreciation. In the Language A: language and literature course students will learn about the complex and dynamic nature of language and explore both its practical and aesthetic dimensions. They will explore the crucial role language plays in communication, reflecting experience and shaping the world. Students will also learn about their own roles as producers of language and develop their productive skills. Throughout the course, students will explore the various ways in which language choices, text types, literary forms and contextual elements all effect meaning. Through close analysis of various text types and literary forms, students will consider their own interpretations, as well as the critical perspectives of others, to explore how such positions are shaped by cultural belief systems and to negotiate meanings for texts. Students will engage in activities that involve them in the process of production and help shape their critical awareness of how texts and their associated visual and audio elements work together to influence the audience/reader and how audiences/readers open up the possibilities of texts. With its focus on a wide variety of communicative acts, the course is meant to develop sensitivity to the foundational nature, and pervasive influence, of language in the world at large. Taking a course in language and literature will develop linguistic, analytical and creative skills through a variety of written and oral tasks, which will prepare them for further study and for their future careers. This course provide opportunities for students to collaborate and be better prepared for an effective participation in an ever-changing world of work. Through approaches to learning skills, students are encouraged to become reflective, creative and critical thinkers and confident communicators. Through the study of a wide range of texts, students are encouraged to think about the needs, perspectives, values and attitudes of other people. The nature of the course encourages them to be independent learners and global citizens through the study of a variety of texts and perspectives.  


Studies in language and literature are to enable students to: 


• engage with a range of texts, in a variety of media and forms, from different periods, styles, and cultures 


• develop skills in listening, speaking, reading, writing, viewing, presenting and performing 


• develop skills in interpretation, analysis and evaluation 


• develop sensitivity to the formal and aesthetic qualities of texts and an appreciation of how they contribute to diverse responses and open up multiple meanings 


• develop an understanding of relationships between texts and a variety of perspectives, cultural contexts, and local and global issues and an appreciation of how they contribute to diverse responses and open up multiple meanings 

• develop an understanding of the relationships between studies in language and literature and other disciplines 


• communicate and collaborate in a confident and creative way 


• foster a lifelong interest in and enjoyment of language and literature.  


How will it be delivered?

Know, understand and interpret: 


• a range of texts, works and/or performances, and their meanings and implications 


• contexts in which texts are written and/or received 


• elements of literary, stylistic, rhetorical, visual and/or performance craft 


• features of particular text types and literary forms. 



Analyse and evaluate: 


• ways in which the use of language creates meaning 


• uses and effects of literary, stylistic, rhetorical, visual or theatrical techniques 


• relationships among different texts 


• ways in which texts may offer perspectives on human concerns. 


 External assessment (4 hours)                                                                                     80% 


Paper 1: Guided textual analysis (2 hours 15 minutes)                                              35%  

The paper consists of two non-literary passages, from two different text types, 

each accompanied by a question. Students write an analysis of each of the  

passages. (40 marks) 


Paper 2: Comparative essay (1 hour 45 minutes)                                                       25% 

The paper consists of four general questions. In response to one question. 

Students write a comparative essay based on two works Studied in the course.  

(30 marks)  


HL Essay 

Students submit an essay on one non- literary text or a collection of non-literary           20% 

Texts by one same author, or a literary text or work studied during the course. 

(20 marks) The essay must be 1200-1500 words in length. 


Internal assessment                                                                                                      20% 

This component consists of an individual oral which is internally assessed by 

The teacher and externally moderated by the IB at the end of the course. 


Individual Oral 

Supported by an extract from both one non-literary text and one from a literary  

Work, students will offer a prepared response of 10 minutes, followed by 5 minutes  

of questions by the teacher, to the following prompt: 

Examine the ways in which the global issue of your choice is presented through 

the content and form of two of the texts that you have studied. (40 marks) 



Entry requirements

Grade 5 in GCSE in English Language or Literature and GCSE grades to meet Thamesviews 6th fomr entry criteria

Your next steps...

Students can progress from this qualification to: ● higher education courses, such as degrees in English or in related subjects such as politics, law, media. ● other higher education courses in unrelated subjects ● vocational qualifications such as the BTEC Level 4 HNC Diplomas and BTEC Level 5 HND Diplomas ● a wide range of careers in areas such as journalism and media, education, libraries, national and local government and the civil service