The Six Subject Areas of the DP
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
- 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.
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