Language A

IB Language A textbooks

The language groups of the IB Diploma Programme have had something of a shake-up recently, starting with the first exams for the new system in 2013 (first teaching August 2011). Students now have the option of:

  • Language A: Literature (in English, French, or Spanish)
  • Language A: Language and Literature (in English, French, or Spanish)
  • Language B (in English, French, Spanish, or several other languages)

Important note: The terms “Language A1” and “Language A2” are no longer used, so resources referring to these are designed for the previous syllabus / system and should be avoided.

IB Language A: English Literature textbooks

English Literature for the IB Diploma
Author: Dr David James and Nic Amy
Pages: 255
Levels: SL and HL
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Cambridge’s offering for the new English literature syllabus is highly regarded. As well as guidance for the new assessments, the book also contains ideas for integrating the course with TOK and has suggestions for Language A: Literature Extended Essays.

IB English A: Literature: for the IB Diploma
Author: Hannah Tyson and Mark Beverley
Pages: 304
Levels: SL and HL
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Oxford University Press’ textbooks are developed in conjunction with the IB and are typically written by senior examiners. This means they often offer the most comprehensive advice for approaching the IB assessments.

IB English A Literature: Skills and Practice: For the IB diploma
Author: Hannah Tyson and Mark Beverley
Pages: 208
Levels: SL and HL
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Oxford University Press’ Skills and Practice guides are not conventional textbooks. Instead, they contain a large range of activities and assessments tasks for students to practise and hone their skills in preparation for the final IB exams. The guides also typically include sample answers plus examiner comments and feedback.

IB Language A: English Language and Literature textbooks

English Language and Literature for the IB Diploma
Author: Brad Philpot
Pages: 245
Levels: SL and HL
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This book covers the requirements of the new Language A syllabus and includes many practice activities for students. It also includes suggestions for Extended Essays. Like many of Cambridge’s new books, this is also available in e-book format.

IB English Language & Literature: 2nd edition: For the IB diploma
Author: Rob Allison and Brian Chanen
Pages: 328
Levels: SL and HL
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This textbook, like all of Oxford’s books, is produced in conjunction with the IB itself. In addition to the syllabus content it features a wide range of assessment tasks, plus sample answers and comments and remarks from examiners.

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