English

Grade 9 (MYP)

All grade 9 courses are 1 credit.
English Language Acquisition Grade 9

English Language Acquisition (English B) in grades 9 and 10 is designed for students whose first language is not English. The course focuses on the language skills needed for students to become proficient in English.
Students will study a variety of texts from key linguistic genres using a range of reading skills, develop their speaking skills to express their own views on a range of topics, and acquire the necessary writing skills and strategies to produce different text types. In addition, students will continue to strengthen their vocabulary and grammar. Assessment tasks will include listening, speaking, reading and writing.

English Language and Literature Grade 9

The English program in grade 9 focuses on the development of reading, writing, speaking and listening skills. Areas for development will include summary, analysis, evaluation, extraction and synthesis of information. Students will focus on writing and speaking for specific purposes and audiences. The literature studied includes a variety of genres: novels, drama (including Shakespeare), poetry, short stories, media and non-fiction. Assessment tasks include both oral and written assignments.

Grade 10 (MYP)

All grade 10 courses are 1 credit.
English Language Acquisition Grade 10

English Language Acquisition (English B) in grades 9 and 10 is designed for students whose first language is not English. The course focuses on the language skills needed for students to become proficient in English. Students will study a variety of texts from key linguistic genres using a range of reading skills, develop their speaking skills to express their own views on a range of topics, and acquire the necessary writing skills and strategies to produce different text types. In addition, students will continue to strengthen their vocabulary and grammar. Assessment tasks will include listening, speaking, reading and writing.


English Language and Literature Grade 10

The English program in grade 10 continues the development of reading, writing, speaking and listening skills as well as the creative, critical and analytical skills taught in grade 9. Students will expand their experience and knowledge of genres such as novels, drama (including Shakespeare), poetry, short stories, media and non-fiction. Assessment tasks, both oral and written, include creative, analytical, critical and empathetic assignments as well as opportunities to speak and write for different purposes and audiences. The goal is to prepare students for the IBDP English A Literature or English A Language and Literature courses.

Grades 11 & 12 (DP)

DP English courses are two-year courses earning 2 credits.
English A: Literature (HL)

Students taking this course read independently, carry out interpretation and analysis of the author’s style, and express thoughtful personal responses. They write and speak in a well-organized and convincing way, showing an appreciation of the author’s choices. They use formal language and show a mastery of literary terms and a critical awareness of their effects. Assessment tasks are derived from the IBDP externally set course requirements and will include both oral and written assignments. These are assessed against task-specific criteria: knowledge and understanding of the text, appreciation of the writer’s choices, organization and presentation, appreciation of the literary conventions of the genre and formal use of language.


English A: Language and Literature (HL and SL)

Students taking this course read independently, carry out interpretation and analysis of the author’s style, research cultural and social influences, and express thoughtful personal responses to various text types. Students write and speak in a well-organized and convincing way, showing an appreciation of author choices and the possible influences on, and effects of, these choices. The aim of the course is to foster an understanding of how language, culture and context determine the ways in which meaning is constructed in literary and non-literary texts. Assessment tasks are derived from the IBDP externally set course requirements and will include both oral and written assignments. These are assessed against task-specific criteria: knowledge and understanding, response to the question, organization and presentation, understanding of the use of stylistic features and formal use of language.

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