The Six Subject Areas of the DP 


Group 1 Language A

Literature (HL) - Tested at end of senior year 


Language A is the study of literature in a student’s first language, including the study of selections of world literature

English III 

  • Rationale - This is a core course in Language Arts and is a graduation requirement.
  • Course Description - The aims of the Language A: Literature course at Higher Level are to: 


  • encourage a personal appreciation of literature and develop an understanding of the techniques involved in literary criticism
  • develop the students’ powers of expression, both in oral and written communication, and provide the opportunity of practicing and developing the skills involved in writing and speaking in a variety of styles and situations
  • introduce students to a range of literary works of different periods, genres, styles and contexts
  • broaden the students’ perspective through the study of works from other cultures and languages
  • introduce students to ways of approaching and studying literature, leading to the development of an understanding and appreciation of the relationships between different works
  • develop the ability to engage in close, detailed analysis of written text
  • promote in students an enjoyment of, and lifelong interest in, literature.


After successfully completing this course, the student will: 

  • apply critical standards independently to specific works, orally and in writing
  • write with clarity for a variety of purposes and in a variety of modes and styles
  • recognize relationships between the literary works in the context of their historical and cultural production.


English IV 

Rationale:  This is a core course in Language Arts and is a graduation requirement.   

Course Description:  The purpose of this course is to develop independent critical competency in the study of literature and to foster a high level of achievement in writing, reading, and speaking.

The content should include, but not be limited to the following:

  • In-depth analysis of literary works, the cultural context of those works, and the intended audience selected from the International Baccalaureate list of prescribed texts for Language A1.
  • Written and oral analyses of literature in both essay and commentary form
  • Literary research / critical readings
  • Individually guided coursework
  • Completion of IB Individual Oral Commentary(IOC) - first semester
  • Completion of IB Paper 1/Paper 2 final examinations - second semester