12th Overview


12th Grade Language and Literature, Class of 2020

Group 1 aims

The aims of language A: literature and language A: language and literature at SL and HL, and of

literature and performance at SL are to:

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


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.

Language A: language and literature aims

In addition, the aims of the language A: language and literature course at SL and at HL are to:

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



There are four assessment objectives at SL and at HL for the language A: language and literature course.

1. Knowledge and understanding

– Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a range of texts

– Demonstrate an understanding of the use of language, structure, technique and style

– Demonstrate a critical understanding of the various ways in which the reader constructs

meaning and of how context influences this constructed meaning

– Demonstrate an understanding of how different perspectives influence the reading of a text

2. Application and analysis

– Demonstrate an ability to choose a text type appropriate to the purpose required

– Demonstrate an ability to use terminology relevant to the various text types studied

– Demonstrate an ability to analyse the effects of language, structure, technique and style on the


– Demonstrate an awareness of the ways in which the production and reception of texts contribute

to their meanings

– Demonstrate an ability to substantiate and justify ideas with relevant examples

3. Synthesis and evaluation

– Demonstrate an ability to compare and contrast the formal elements, content and context of


– Discuss the different ways in which language and image may be used in a range of texts

– Demonstrate an ability to evaluate conflicting viewpoints within and about a text

– At HL only: Produce a critical response evaluating some aspects of text, context and meaning

4. Selection and use of appropriate presentation and language skills

– Demonstrate an ability to express ideas clearly and with fluency in both written and oral


– Demonstrate an ability to use the oral and written forms of the language, in a range of styles,

registers and situations

– Demonstrate an ability to discuss and analyse texts in a focused and logical manner

– At HL only: Demonstrate an ability to write a balanced, comparative analysis

Excerpt from

DP Language A: language and literature guide

First examinations 2013

Major Units

Fall Semester

  • UNIT 1: Science & Environment
  • UNIT 2: Culture & Identity
    • In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
    • Summative: Paper One, Comparative Textual Analysis: In Cold Blood vs. Non-literary Text
  • UNIT 3: Beliefs and Values
    • Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Summative: Paper One, Comparative Textual Analysis: Great Gatsby vs. Non-literary Text
  • UNIT 4: Human Rights in Art

Spring Semester

  • Prepare for Individual Oral Commentary in January
  • UNIT 5: Contradictions & Humor
    • The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde (drama)
    • The Visit by Friedrich Durrenmatt (drama)
  • UNIT 6: Prejudice & Historical Context
    • Master Harold ...and the Boys by Athol Fugard (drama)
    • Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (novel)