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Spotlight: Elizabeth Bishop

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Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979) worked as a painter as well as a poet, and her verse, like visual art, is known for its ability to capture significant scenes. Though she was independently wealthy and enjoyed a life of privilege, much of her poetry celebrates working-class settings: busy factories, farms, and fishing villages.

She is a popular choice for English A syllabi and a rich source for further research for your next project.

Our Spotlight series offers viable ideas for English A and B major assignments: WA, WT IOP and FOA as well as the Extended Essay and TOK. For help formulating your own project contact us.

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From the Horse’s Mouth

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Examiner advice for IOC Eng A: Literature (HL)

Every year, the IBO releases examiner reports which offer valuable insights for teachers and students for each type of assessment.

The reports typically offer detailed observations on  student performance, illuminating the pitfalls and strengths of candidates in each criterion. These can be turned into a useful guide what to do and NOT do on the IOC exam.

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A snapshot of Language B (IB)

Language B syllabus outline

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Language B is a language acquisition course developed at two levels—standard level (SL) and higher level (HL)—for students with some background in the target language. While acquiring the language, you will also be exploring aspects of the culture(s) connected to it. The main focus of your course is language acquisition and intercultural understanding. Continue Reading →

Part 4: Outcomes

images (25)Below are the three learning outcomes that one should aim to meet while studying Part 4 of the English Language and Literature course. For each outcome, a brief explanation is offered. The learning outcomes in bold are taken from the IB guide for Language A: Language and Literature.

  • Explore literary works in detail.

In Part 4, students engage in the close reading of literary texts. In order to meet this outcome, you will need to focus on extracts from a larger literary texts.

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