Group 1 is the native language group (the ‘A’ language). The subjects detailed below are
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English A: Language & Literature
Targeted at native or near-native speakers (level C1, C2), this is not a language acquisition course; it presents a useful foundation for students who wish to attain a solid, advanced understanding of the language A studied, which is not limited to artistic forms of communication. Apart from literary texts (novels, drama, poetry), this course exposes students to a wide range of other texts (e.g. political cartoons, advertisements , speeches, posters, news articles).
Students interested in taking the course will sit language and literary analysis tests, and then will be placed in SL (Standard Level) or HL (Higher Level) course. Each course is 6 hours a week, taught to a separate group (SL/ HL), and is based on a different selection of literary texts and non-literary topics. There are 4 to 6 literary works to read in the English A: Language and Literature course (at SL/ HL respectively), but students’ course load is compensated by a wealth of non-literary texts for Parts 1 and 2 and many forms of obligatory assessment.
The course develops advanced reading, speaking, and writing skills, as well as greater understanding of cultural values, offering students the opportunity to learn more about the Anglophone world, with the focus on the U.K. and the U.S.; students will get a strong basis needed for their functioning abroad.
The course consists of four parts:
Part I – language in the cultural context, which gives students the opportunity to look at the way the cultural context of the text affects meaning
Part II – language & mass communication, which gives students the opportunity to look at the way mass media affect the meaning of the texts we receive,
Part III – literature: texts & contexts, which focuses on analysis of literary texts, in particular looking at the way the context of the text – historical, political, social – affects its meaning,
Part IV – literature: critical study, which focuses on practice and development of the skill of formal analysis. The main stress in Part IV is on literary techniques and stylistic devices in literary texts.
All parts can be assessed through the written tasks (3 for SL, 4 for HL); additionally, Parts I & II are assessed through analysis of previously unknown text(s) and in-class presentations, Part III through an essay, and Part IV through an individual oral exam.