International Baccalaureate Language A1 – English Language and Literature HL
The Language A1 program is a study of literature and non-fiction media based upon the achievements of many cultures and languages. It is important to IB students because of its global perspective. The intent is to create a strong role in promoting a ‘world spirit’ through the unique opportunities it offers for the appreciation of the various ways in which cultures influence and shape the experiences of life common to all humanity. The program is envisioned to have the potential to enrich international awareness of IB students and to develop in them the attitudes of tolerance, empathy and a genuine respect for perspectives different than their own.
The aims of the Language A1 program are to:
-encourage a personal appreciation of literature and develop an understanding of techniques involved in literary criticism
-develop the students’ power 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 studying and approaching literature, leading to the development of an understanding and appreciation of the relationship between different works
-develop the ability to engage in close, detailed analysis of written text
-promote students in and enjoyment of, and lifelong interest, in literature.
The objectives of the Language A1 program are to prepare the student to demonstrate:
-the ability to engage in independent literary criticism in a manner which reveals a personal response to literature
-an ability to express ideas with clarity, coherence, conciseness, precision and fluency in both written and oral communication
-a command of the language appropriate for the study of literature and a discriminating appreciation of the need for an effective choice of register and style in both written and oral communication
-a sound approach to literature through the consideration of the works studied
-a thorough knowledge both of the individual works studied and of the relationship between groups of works
-an appreciation of the similarities and differences between literary works from different ages and cultures
-an ability to engage in independent textual commentary on both familiar and unfamiliar pieces
-a wide-ranging appreciation of structure, technique and style as employed by authors, and of their effects on the reader
-an ability to structure ideas and arguments, both orally and in writing, in a logical, sustained and persuasive way, and to support them with precise and relevant examples.