DP French A

Statement of Department Philosophy

The Diploma Language A Literature Programme aims to develop the students’ powers of expression in both oral and written formats. A wide range of activities are provided to enhance and develop the highly sophisticated skills required in the critical study of literature. The programme of study demands a personal appreciation of literature and developing a solid understanding of the techniques involved in literary study and criticism. The course introduces students to literary classics and a range of modern writing in different literary genres, styles and contexts.It also promotes an international perspective through the comparative study of works from the students’ own culture and other cultures. This course promotes in students an enjoyment of and a lifelong interest in literature

Please browse this site for content and resources related to this subject area. Across the top are links to the different syllabus parts, with sub-links to specific works.


Assessment tasks

It is important to understand and know the assessment criteria for each task type, as students will be assessed according to these criteria twice a year.

Part 1 – written assignment task : a literary essay of 1200-1500 words based on one work studied, and a reflective statement of 300-400 words. (25 marks)

Part 2 – section 1 of the oral assessment (10 minutes) : a formal commentary that is based on one of the two works studied. (30 marks)

Part 3 – written examination Paper 2 (1 hour 30 minutes): an essay based on at least two works studied in response to one question. (25 marks)

Part 4 – section 2 of the oral assessment (10-15 minutes) : an oral presentation that is based on two of the three works studied. (30 marks)

Paper 1 – guided literary analysis (1 hour 30 minutes). The paper consists of two passages: one prose and one poetry. Students choose one and write a guided literary analysis in response to two or three questions. (20 marks)


updated July 2015

IB resources to be consulted

NIS resources to be consulted


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