DP Language A Year 2 (12th)

Language A HL: Literature  is a two-year study of literature through the in-depth analysis of thirteen literary works in cultural contexts—works either in translation or written in English—as well as the study of the technical qualities of both language and literature.  The student response is through both oral and written communication, allowing opportunities for original, critical and clear thinking.

GROUP 1 aims:

The aims of language A: literature and language A: language and literature at SL and at HL and of literature and performance at SL are to:

1. introduce students to a range of texts from different periods, styles and genres

2. develop in students the ability to engage in close, detailed analysis of individual texts and make relevant connections

3. develop the students’ powers of expression, both in oral and written communication

4. encourage students to recognize the importance of the contexts in which texts are written and received

5. encourage, through the study of texts, an appreciation of the different perspectives of people from other cultures, and how these perspectives construct meaning

6. encourage students to appreciate the formal, stylistic and aesthetic qualities of texts

7. promote in students an enjoyment of, and lifelong interest in, language and literature.

Language A: literature aims                                                                                                   

In addition, the aims of the language A: literature course at SL and at HL are to:                                                                     8. develop in students an understanding of the techniques involved in literary criticism

9. develop the students’ ability to form independent literary judgments and to support those ideas.

Assessment component weighting

External assessment (4 hours) 70%

Paper 1: Literary commentary (2 hours)

The paper consists of two passages: one prose and one poetry.

Students choose one and write a literary commentary. (20 marks)


Paper 2: Essay (2 hours)  20%

The paper consists of three questions for each literary genre.

In response to one question students write an essay based on at least two works studied in part 3. (25 marks)

Written assignment 25%

Students submit a reflective statement and literary essay on one work studied in part 1.  

(25 marks)

The reflective statement must be 300–400 words in length.

The essay must be 1,200–1,500 words in length.

Internal assessment  25%                                                                                                                                                    

This component is internally assessed by the teacher and externally moderated by the IB 

at the end of the course.


Individual oral commentary and discussion (20 minutes)  30%

Formal oral commentary on poetry studied in part 2 with subsequent questions

(10 minutes) followed by a discussion based on one of the other part 2 works (10 minutes). (30 marks)

Individual oral presentation (10–15 minutes)  15%

The presentation is based on works studied in part 4. It is internally assessed and 

externally moderated through the part 2 internal assessment task. (30 marks)
Marissa Sarabando,
Sep 2, 2017, 8:17 PM