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Group 1 ENGLISH A1 Higher and Standard Level                                                          

AIMS
The IB Language A1 course at both higher and standard levels is designed to develop students’ powers of expression and understanding (both oral and written) introduce students to literature of different genres, from a range of periods and cultures, and to instil in them a lifelong interest in writing of quality give students the tools which will enable them to analyse literature and make critical and comparative judgments.
 
COURSE CONTENT
The course offers much variety in the selection of texts for study (fifteen at higher level, eleven at standard level). It focuses on different aspects of literature (world literature, literature in context, detailed study of particular texts and unseen commentary). The methods of assessment are major assignments, a written examination, oral presentations and an oral examination. Throughout the course the emphasis is on personal response.
 
ASSESSMENT
 
Internal
School-based assessment (oral)                                30%
 
Written assignments (externally marked)                     20%
 
External
Written examination                                                 50%
 
REQUIREMENTS
Candidates at the higher level must have a very effective command of English and are specifically required to have ‘native-speaker’ standard of spoken English. Students with weak expressive skills will have difficulty in performing well at standard level.

Group 1 LANGUAGE A1 (self taught) Standard Level             

AIM
This course is the same as any other A1 Standard Level course but is designed for students who wish to study the course in their native language and culture, even though it is not offered in school. The students are supervised by an IB Language A1 teacher in the school. The aim of the course is to improve and develop students’ expression both in written and oral forms. Students are exposed to literature of different types and from various cultures and periods. The literature component will develop students’ critical and analytical skills.
 
COURSE CONTENT
Eleven texts are studied. These focus on world literature and literature in context. Assessment is based on assignments, and oral and written, examinations.
 
ASSESSMENT
Internal
School-based assessment (oral – questions provided by the IBCA)                 30%
Written assignments (externally marked)                                                                                              20%
 
External
Written examination                                                                               50%
 
REQUIREMENTS
Only self-motivated students will be permitted to undertake a self-taught language A1, since they do not have a teacher for the course. They will need to liaise with the IB Team to discuss specific requirements and additional costs.