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Group 1 - Studies in Language and Literature

IB Chinese A - Literature


Year 10 Chinese First Language.

Course Description and Aims

The IB Diploma Programme Language A: Literature course develops understanding of the techniques involved in literary criticism and promotes the ability to form independent literary judgments. In Language A: Literature, the formal analysis of texts and wide coverage of a variety of literature—both in the language of the subject and in translated texts from other cultural domains—is combined with a study of the way literary conventions shape responses to texts.

Students completing this course will have a thorough knowledge of a range of texts and an understanding of other cultural perspectives. They will also have effectively developed skills of analysis and the ability to support of an argument in clearly expressed writing, sometimes at significant length. The aims of the language A: literature course at both higher and standard levels are to:

• encourage a personal appreciation of literature and develop an understanding of the techniques involved in literary criticism

• develop the students’ powers of expression, both in oral and written communication, and provide the opportunity of practising and developing the skills involved in writing and speaking in a variety of styles and situations

• introduce students to a range of literary works of different periods, genres, styles and contexts

• broaden the students’ perspective through the study of works from other cultures and languages

• introduce students to ways of approaching and studying literature, leading to the development of an understanding and appreciation of the relationships between different works

• develop the ability to engage in close, detailed analysis of written text

• promote in students an enjoyment of, and lifelong interest in, literature.

Assessment Outline - Standard Level

Assessment Outline - Standard Weighting
External assessment (3 hours) 70%

Paper 1: Guided literary analysis (1 hour 15 minutes)


Paper 2: Comparative essay (1 hour 45 minutes)


Internal assessment

Individual oral (15 minutes)  

Assessment at a Glance - Higher Level

Assessment Outline - Higher Level Weighting
External assessment (4 hours) 80%

Paper 1: Guided literary analysis (2 hours 15 minutes)


Paper 2: Comparative essay (1 hour 45 minutes)


Higher Level essay


Internal assessment 

Individual Oral (15 minutes)