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Language & Literature - English in the DP

English in the DP & AIS Program


DP1 & DP2 English Language A: Language and Literature SL/HL 

The Language A: Language and Literature course covers both grade 11 and 12, and is a two-year study of the use of language in society for either Full Diploma students or Diploma Courses students. Through the study of media and literature, the course aims to develop student’s analytical skills. Although this course is equal in difficulty and value to the Literature course described above, it focuses on real-world texts, such as advertisements and websites for example, to develop an understanding of how language is used and to strengthen the written and oral communication skills of students. Additionally, there is less focus on literary analysis and fewer texts studied than the Literature course. 

Students must select either Standard Level or Higher Level for this course. Higher Level students are required to read 2 additional texts during the two year course, to submit 1 additional external assessment to the IB, are assessed according to different rubrics for written assessments, and have longer exams than Standard Level students. 

Credit: 1 per year in grades 11 and 12 
Length of Course: 2 years 
Prerequisite: A minimum score of a low 5 (80%) in MYP5 for Standard Level or a minimum score of a high 5 (87%) for Higher Level. 


English 11 (English Language A: Language and Literature) 

Note: This course follows the DP English Language A: Language and Literature (Standard Level) curriculum. This means students registering in this course are required to complete the internal assessments. 

The English 11 (English Language A: Language and Literature) course is designed for those students who do NOT wish to do the Full Diploma or be a Diploma Courses student as it does not require the completion of IB external assessments. However, students will be required to complete all internal assessments. Through the study of media and literature, the course aims to develop student’s analytical skills of both fiction and non-fiction texts. The first half of the year will focus on language in society, studying the interaction of language with power and gender. The second half of the year will be devoted to a close study of two literary works, focusing on the literary elements within these works. The English 11 course will help students develop the skills needed to think, write, and speak critically about texts they interact with on a daily basis. 

This course is designed for those students NOT seeking an IB Diploma or IB Certificate in English Language A: Language and Literature as IB World Exam preparation will NOT be given. 

Credit: 1 

Length of Course: 1 year 

Prerequisite: Grade 10 English

English 12 (English Language A: Language and Literature)  

This course follows the DP2 English Language A: Language and Literature (Standard Level) curriculum. This means students registering in this course are required to complete the internal assessments. 

This course is the second year of the non-diploma course, which was designed for those students who did NOT wish to do the Full Diploma or be a Diploma Courses student as it does not complete all the external assessments necessary for the IBO; it does, however, require completion of all the internal assessments. The English 12 course will continue the work started in year 11. The first half of the year will be an intensive study of mass communication and the media. The second half of the year will be devoted to the study of two literary works, focusing on the environment in which the texts were written. Similar to Grade 11, the English 12 course will continue to guide students in developing the skills needed to think, write, and speak critically about texts they interact with on a daily basis. 

This course is designed for those students NOT seeking an IB Diploma or IB Certificate in English Language A: Language and Literature as IB World Exam preparation will NOT be given. 

Credit: 1 

Length of Course: 1 year 

Prerequisite: Grade 11 English  

Scope of Program 

  • The school is modeled on the three divisions typical of American schooling: Elementary, Middle, and High School. It is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
  • It is an International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) World School that is fully authorized for the IB Diploma (IBD), Middle Years (MYP) and Primary Years (PYP) programmes.