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IB Language & Literature Higher Level (HL)

The IB Language A, English Language and Literature HL, course is a two-year course consisting of four parts: Language and Mass Communication, Literature and Critical Study, Language in the Cultural Context and Literature in Context. Students will study and analyze a variety of texts from historical speeches and contemporary mass media to canonical texts with an international focus, such as George Orwell’s 1984 (England), Albert Camus’ The Stranger in translation (French-Algerian), Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale (Canada) and Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart (Nigeria).


The course will prepare students for the oral and written IB exams and serve as excellent preparation for rigorous college study. Students who take IB Language and Literature HL and pass the exam with a score of 5 or higher (on a 7 point scale) can earn college credits at UC, CSU, and many private colleges and universities.


Prerequisite: English 9 and 10; Students must demonstrate proficiency in English 10 or ICAP English 10.



For more information about IB Language & Literature HL, please feel free to contact our IB Educators:


Ms Clare Chatfield


Ms Ariel Dukellis