Fees:  IB Exam Fee as appropriate

Learning Rcommendations: There are no formal requirements for students undertaking this course. Students who take this course often have varied language profiles and may be multilingual. While it is recommended that students have had experience writing critical essays about texts, not having done so should not exclude them from taking this course. This course offers the opportunity for continued language development and the acquisition of a range of skills including, for example, textual analysis and the expression of literary appreciation.

General Description: This course is designed to support future academic study by developing a high social, aesthetic and cultural literacy, as well as effective communication skills.  The focus of the IB English: Language and Literature 1 HL course is directed toward developing and understanding the construct nature of meanings generated by language and the function of context in this process.

IB English: Language and Literature 1 HL comprises of four parts - two relate to the study of language and two relate to the study of literature.

The study of the texts produced in a language is central to an active engagement with language and culture and, by extension, to how we see and understand the world in which we live.  A key aim of this course is to encourage students to question the meaning generated by language and texts which, it can be argued, is rarely straightforward and unambiguous.  Helping students to focus closely on the language of the texts they study and to become aware of the role of each text's wider context in shaping its meaning is central to the course.

The IB English: Language and Literature 1 HL course aims to develop in students skills of textual analysis and the understanding that texts, both literary and non-literary, can be seen as autonomous yet simultaneously related to culturally determined reading practices. An understanding of the ways in which formal elements are used to create meaning in a text is combined with an exploration of how that meaning is affected by reading practices that are culturally defined and by the circumstances of production and reception.


  • Part 1: Language in Cultural Context
  • Part 2: Language and Mass Communication
  • Part 3: Literature, Texts and Contexts
  • Part 4: Literature, Critical Study


  1. Introduce students to a range of texts from different periods, styles and genres.
  2. Develop in students the ability to engage in close, detailed analysis of individual texts and make relevant connections.
  3. Develop the students' powers of expression, both in oral and written communication.
  4. Encourage students to recognize the importance of the contexts in which texts are written and received.
  5. Encourage, through the study of texts, an appreciation of the different perspectives of people from other cultures and how these perspectives construct meaning.
  6. Encourage students to appreciate the formal, stylistic and aesthetic qualities of texts.
  7. Promote in students an enjoyment of, and lifelong interest in, language and literature.
  8. Develop in students an understanding of how language, culture and context determine the ways in which meaning is constructed in texts.
  9. Encourage students to think critically about the different interactions between text, audience and purpose.

Equipment to be provided by Student: None