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Language A: Literature

  • The IB Diploma Programme language A: literature course develops understanding of the techniques involved in literary criticism and promotes the ability to form independent literary judgments.
  • In language A: literature, the formal analysis of texts and wide coverage of a variety of literature—both in the language of the subject and in translated texts from other cultural domains—is combined with a study of the way literary conventions shape responses to texts.
  • Students completing this course will have a thorough knowledge of a range of texts and an understanding of other cultural perspectives.
  • They will also have developed skills of analysis and the ability to support an argument in clearly expressed writing, sometimes at significant length.
  • Introduce students to a range of texts from different periods, styles and genres
  • Develop in students the ability to engage in close detailed analysis of individual texts and make relevant connections
  • Develop the students’ powers of expression, both in oral and written communication
  • Encourage students to recognize the importance of the contexts in which texts are written and received
  • Encourage an appreciation of the different perspectives of other cultures and how these perspectives construct meaning
  • Encourage students to appreciate the formal, stylistic and aesthetic qualities of texts
  • Promote in student an enjoyment of, an lifelong interest in language and literature
  • Develop in students an uderstanding of how language, culture and context determine the ways in which meaning is constructed in texts
  • Develop in students an understanding of the techniques involved in literary criticism
  • Develop the students’ ability to form independent literary judgments and to support those ideas.

Part 1: Works in translation
Part 2: Detailed study
Part 3: Literary genres
Part 4: Options


    • Is a work of literature enlarged or diminished by interpretation? What makes something a good or bad interpretation?
    • How can a literary work of fiction, which is by definition non-factual, convey knowledge?
    • How important is the study of literature in individual/ethical development? In what ways?
    • What constitutes good evidence within the study of literature?
    • Can literature express truths that cannot be expressed in other ways? If so, what sort of truths are these? How does this form of truth differ from truth in other areas of knowledge?

    Paper 1
    Literary commentary and analysis of one unseen text

    Paper 2
    Essay on works studied

    Written Assignment
    Reflective statement and literary essay on one work studied

    Oral Work
    Formal oral commentary and interview

    Individual oral presentation

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