October 8, 2012

Language A – English


The aims of the teaching and study of English language A are to encourage and enable students to:

  • Use language as a vehicle for thought, creativity, reflection, learning, self-expression and social interaction
  • Develop the skills involved in listening, speaking, reading writing, viewing and presenting in a variety of contexts
  • Develop critical, creative, and personal approaches to studying and analysing literary and non-literary works
  • Engage in literature from a variety of cultures and representing different historical periods
  • Explore and analyse aspects of personal, host and other cultures through literary and non-literary works
  • Develop a lifelong interest in reading widely
  • Apply language A skills and knowledge in a variety of real-life contexts



The objectives of English language A deal with language and literature. The various language skills – listening, speaking, reading, writing, viewing and presenting – are all covered by these objectives.


Content (receptive and productive)

At the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • Understand and analyse the language, content, structure, meaning and significance of both familiar and previously unseen oral, written and visual texts
  • Understand and apply language A terminology in context
  • Analyse the effects of the author’s choices on an audience
  • Compose pieces that apply appropriate literary and/or non-literary features to serve the context and intention
  • Compare and contrast works, and connect themes across and within genres
  • Express an informed and independent response to literary and non-literary texts



At the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • Create work that employs organizational structures and language-specific conventions throughout a variety of text types
  • Organize ideas and arguments in a sustained, coherent and logical manner
  • Employ appropriate critical apparatus


Style and language mechanics

At the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • Use language to narrate, describe, explain, argue, persuade, inform, entertain and express feelings
  • Use language accurately
  • Use appropriate and varied register, vocabulary and idiom
  • Use correct grammar and syntax
  • Use appropriate and varied sentence structure
  • Use correct spelling

From: Middle Years Programme Language A Guide, International Baccalaureate Organization, 2009