Clelia Isira Bellinzoni
1) Language A: Language and Literature in the IBDP:
All three courses in studies in language and literature are designed for students from a wide variety of linguistic and cultural backgrounds, who have experience of using the language of the course in an educational context. The focus of the study developed in each of the subjects varies depending on their individual characteristics.
The language profile of students taking these courses will vary, but their receptive, productive and interactive skills should be strong and the expectation is that the course will consolidate them further. Students are expected to develop their proficiency, fluency and linguistic range, and in particular to acquire the vocabulary appropriate to the analysis of texts. They will also deepen their understanding of a wide variety of concepts explored through literary and non-literary texts in order to interpret, analyse, evaluate and then communicate this understanding in clear, organised and developed products.
The three studies in language and literature courses each have their own identity and are designed to support future academic study or career related paths by developing social, aesthetic and cultural literacy, as well as improving language competence and communication skills. For each course, the syllabus and assessment requirements are identical for all languages offered. The teaching and assessment of any particular studies in language and literature course will be conducted in that language.
All three studies in language and literature courses explore elements of language, literature and performance. Each also focuses on the relationships between texts, readers and writers; on the range and functions of texts across geographical space and historical time; and on aspects of intertextuality. Within this framework, each course has its own emphases.
Language is crucial to all three courses, but is treated more broadly in the language A: language and literature course. Literary texts are the sole focus of the language A: literature course and the literature and performance course, while the language A: language and literature course examines both literary and non- literary texts. Finally, while performance is an explicit component of the literature and performance course, student production and the performativity of textual creation, analysis and response are elements in all three courses.
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, media studies and critical discourse analysis among others.
Language A: Language and Literature Aims:
The aims of all subjects in 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.
2) Syllabus Outline:
Unit 1: Readers, Writers and Texts
Non-literary texts are chosen from a variety of sources and media to represent as wide a range of text types as possible, and works are chosen from a variety of literary forms. The study of the non-literary texts and works focuses on the nature of language and communication and the nature of literature and its study. This study includes the investigation of how texts themselves operate as well as the contexts and complexities of production and reception. Focus is on the development of personal and critical responses to the particulars of communication.
Unit 2: Time and Space
Non-literary texts and literary works are chosen from a variety of sources, literary forms and media that reflect a range of historical and/or cultural perspectives. Their study focuses on the contexts of language use and the variety of ways literary and non-literary texts might both reflect and shape society at large. The focus is on the consideration of personal and cultural perspectives, the development of broader perspectives, and an awareness of the ways in which context is tied to meaning.
Unit 3: Intertextuality: connecting texts
- Non-literary texts and literary works are chosen from a variety of sources, literary forms and media in a way that allows students an opportunity to extend their study and make fruitful comparisons. Their study focuses on intertextual relationships with possibilities to explore various topics, thematic concerns, generic conventions, modes or literary traditions that have been introduced throughout the course. The focus is on the development of critical response grounded in an understanding of the complex relationships among texts.
Unit 4: Internal Assessment – Indvidual Oral + Essay (HL)
3) Assessment Outline:
- Paper 1: Guided Textual Analysis (75 minutes)
- Paper 2: Comparative Essay (105 minutes)
- Internal Assessment: Individual Oral
- Paper 1: Guided Textual Analysis (135 minutes)
- Paper 2: Comparative Essay (105 minutes)
- Internal Assessment: Individual Oral + HL Essay
For more information check out the: IB Language A: Language and Literature Guide
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