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English Course Offerings C1. 32)

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English course offerings at ISB

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  • 1. 2008/2009 English Course Offerings for Incoming Grade 11’s
  • 2. Areas to consider while making course selections for Grade 11:
    • Your current Grade 10 teacher’s recommendation.
    • Your academic ability in relation to English Class (ex. level of enjoyment in reading and analyzing literature; competence with reading, writing and listening and speaking skills; your current grade in Grade 10 English).
    • The requirements for enrollment in the Universities you wish to attend after Grade 12.
    • Whether or not you plan to take the full IB Diploma Program
  • 3. IB English A1 Higher Level (Literary Analysis)
    • 15 texts over 2 years (about 3 weeks per text)
    • 6 IB Assessments (written and oral)
    • .5 Weighting
    • IB Group 1 Option
  • 4. Course Overview
    • The ideal IBA1 HL student is one who spends their free time reading and writing. They like books, are interested in recommending them to their friends and discussing plot, themes and character motivations. They may also write their own poetry or prose.
    • This course presumes an excellent level of writing proficiency.
    • The onus for literary analysis and critical thinking fall on the student in A1 HL more than in any other class offered in the English Department. While the teacher is there to facilitate discussion, the foundation of this course lies in the student’s thoughts, reactions and interpretations to the literature they’ve read.
  • 5. Course Overview
    • This course resembles the ITLA course in terms of expectations and academic rigour.
    • You will not do very well in this class if you are not willing to critically analyze what you’ve read, and be eager to share your thoughts aloud with the class.
    • Upon completion of this course, students will be prepared to take the IBHL A1 English Examination and the AP Literature, or Literature and Language, exam (though some flex time may be needed to prepare for AP exams)
  • 6. IB English A1 Standard Level (Literary Analysis)
    • 11 Texts over 2 years (about 5 weeks per text)
    • 5 IB Assessments (both written and oral)
    • .5 weighting
    • IB Group 1 Option
  • 7. Course Overview
    • The IBA1 SL course most closely resembles your Grade 10 English class with the main focus being on the analysis of literature (drama, prose and poetry). It is recommended for many current Grade 10 students.
    • The course presumes a a competent level of writing proficiency.
    • Though the onus for literary analysis and critical thinking still rests squarely on the shoulders of the students, the extra time in SL (11 texts as opposed to 15 in HL) does allow for a more controlled pace with more opportunity for teacher intervention when needed.
  • 8. Course Overview
    • Like HL, SL English requires students to be willing to participate in class discussions with personal interpretations and insights of the literature being studied.
    • Upon completion of this course, students will be prepared to take the IBSL A1 Exam.
  • 9. IB English A2 Standard/Higher Level (Language and Literature )
    • 6 texts and 2 Topics over two years
    • 5 IB Assessments
    • .5 Weighting
    • IB Group 2 Option
  • 10. Course Overview
    • The English A2 course is for students who may be interested in other types of reading beyond the traditional genres of novels, plays and poetry.
    • The course is engaging and unique in that it couples traditional literary analysis (poetry, prose and drama) with the study of how language is used for different effects in a range of situations.
    • The literature component includes 6 texts where students are asked to analyze the literary features of a range of works including poetry, short stories, non-fiction and novels. General themes include gender roles and the individual and society.
  • 11. Course Overview
    • The language component includes the study of:
      • ☆ Media and Culture – the effect language has in media and in advertisement. Subtopics include news and public opinion, propaganda in both advertisements and in news as well as sensationalism and censorship in the media in general.
    • ☆ Global Issues – the issues found in the literary options will be tied to real-world issues such as racism/prejudice, violence, poverty, immigration/migration, tyranny and human rights.
  • 12. Course Overview
    • This course presumes a competent level of writing proficiency across a wide range of writing styles (persuasive, informational, creative, compare and contrast writing).
    • IMPORTANT : Students who register for this course do so with the INTENT of completing all IB Assessments which will be assessed according to IB STANDARDS. Students will be prepared to take the IB A2 HL or SL exam and the course will uphold the IB standards for assessment throughout its 2 years.
  • 13. English 11-12 (Language and Literature)
    • 6 texts and 1 Topic over 2 years
    • No weighting
    • Non-IB course
  • 14. Course Overview
    • ISB’s English 11 course is modeled after the IB A2 HL/SL course in that it looks to study both traditional texts (poetry, prose and drama) as well as looking at the effect language has in a variety of situations and purposes.
    • Students will study the Media and Culture topic offered in the IB A2 course.
    • ☆ Media and Culture – the effect language has in media and in advertisement. Subtopics include news and public opinion, propaganda in both advertisements and in news as well as sensationalism and censorship in the media in general.
  • 15. Course Overview
    • Though this course is based on IBA2, it does not prepare students to sit the IBA2 exam.
    • This course presumes at least a basic level of writing proficiency.
    • Because this course is not externally assessed by the IB, the pace of the course can be reduced to allow for more focus on the development of reading, writing and speaking skills.
    • This course is strongly recommended for non-native English speakers who have competent language ability and who prefer to study nonfiction in addition to literature.