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G12_English(SL and HL)_Curriculum_Mock Examination

G12_English(SL and HL)_Curriculum_Mock Examination

Dear Students and Parents,
The following are details about Mock Exams for English.

Standard Level:
Paper 1 – Textual Analysis
The paper consists of two unseen texts. Students analyse one of the two texts.
Time: 1 hr 30 mins
Marks: 20
Weighting: 25%

Paper 2 – Essay
In response to one of the six questions asked students write an essay on both literary texts studied in Part 3 works.
Time: 1 hr 30 mins
Marks: 25
Weighting: 25%

Higher Level:
Paper 1 – Textual Analysis
The paper consists of two sets of unseen texts. Students analyse one of the two sets.
Time: 2 hr
Marks: 20
Weighting: 25%

Paper 2 – Essay
In response to one of the six questions asked students write an essay on both literary texts studied in Part 3 works.
Time: 2 hr
Marks: 25
Weighting: 25%

Common Components for Standard and Higher level students:
Written Tasks – These have already been submitted.
Marks: 20 marks (SL); 40 marks (HL)
Weighting: 20%

Internal Oral Assessments – One of these is already submitted
Marks: 30 marks (FOA); 30 marks (IOC)
Weighting: 30%

Revision for the Written papers as well as IOC has begun.

Regards,
IBDP Language Team

G10_ESL Curriculum_Mock Examination

G10_ESL Curriculum_Mock Examination

Dear Parents and Students,
Here are the details regarding the curriculum of English as Second Language (ESL) for the Mock Examination.

Paper 2 (Extended)- Reading and writing
Duration: 2 hours
Weightage: 70%
Maximum marks: 80
Six exercises testing a range of reading and writing skills

Paper 4 (Extended) – Listening
Duration: 45 mins
Weightage: 30%
Maximum marks: 40
Candidates listen to several short extracts and longer texts and complete a range of task types, including short-answer questions, gap filling, matching, multiple choice, and note taking.

Component 5 – Speaking
Duration: Approximately 10–15 minutes
Weightage: None (Separately endorsed)
Maximum marks: 30

Students have begun revision by way of solving worksheets and past papers which will continue.

Regards,
Language team

An Open Writing Competition for grades 7 to 12

An Open Writing Competition for grades 7 to 12

The Rotaract Club of H.R. College, Mumbai invites participation in Handwritten Voices which is an open writing competition. This is a free for all competition in which the participants are expected to write on a common topic. Students get a chance to show off their writing skills on a global platform and compete with over 7 countries from all over the world. The best entries from each school will be published in various bulletins and publications to be showcased to varied audiences. The winners from each category will be published in local newspapers and be eligible for various prizes.

Please find below the guidelines for the same if you are interested in participating.

Topic- The Meaning of Peace

Guidelines:

1. Any student above class 5 can participate in the writing competition.

2. There is no limit to participation for students.

3. No registration fee is applicable to the institution or the students.

4. All applications must be sent to school before the 9th of October, 2018

5. All participating schools will receive a certificate of participation.

6. All applications will be judged strictly on Creativity, Content, Language and Relevance to the Subject.

7. Applicants must mention their name and school name along with their email address and phone number on the application.

8. Each writeup must be between 500 and 2000 words.

9. All students participating will be receiving E-Certificates on behalf of the Rotaract Club of H.R. College.

Link to the Folder in which to add your write up.

Alternately, you may also send it to me by mail on subhalaxmi.iyer@fountainheadschools.org
Best regards,
(on behalf of) Senior School Language team

G11_Term 1_English Language and Literature_Curriculum and Paper Pattern

G11_Term 1_English Language and Literature_Curriculum and Paper Pattern

Dear Students and Parents.

Following are the details for term-1 examination (Oct’18)-

For SL

Paper 1: Textual analysis – (1 hour 30 minutes) – (20 marks)

The paper consists of two unseen texts.
Students write an analysis of one of these texts.

For HL

Paper 1: Comparative textual analysis (2 hours) – (20 marks)

The paper consists of two pairs of unseen texts.
Students write a comparative analysis of one pair of texts.

Possible text types-

Different non-literary text types are included, for example:

advertisement

opinion column

extract from an essay

electronic text (such as social networking sites, blogs)

brochure (such as a public information leaflet)

extract from a memoir, diary or other autobiographical text.

For HL students literary texts are also possible options.

Regards,
English Language Team

G11_English A:Language and Literature_Term 2_Syllabus and Exam pattern

G11_English A:Language and Literature_Term 2_Syllabus and Exam pattern

Dear students and parents,
The following is the list of topics covered for Term 2 for English A: Language and Literature:

Part 1: Language in cultural context:
Learning outcome – Analyse how audience and purpose affect the structure and content of texts; Analyse the impact of language changes; Demonstrate an awareness of how language and meaning are shaped by culture and context

Topics studied – Gender, Sexuality and Language and Taboo for SL/HL + History and Evolution of Language (for HL).

Part 2: Language and mass communication
Learning outcome – Examine different forms of communication within the media; Show an awareness of the potential for educational, political or ideological influence of the media; Show the way mass media use language and image to inform, persuade or entertain

Topics studied – Popular culture, Use of persuasive language and Textual Bias for SL/HL + Stereotypes (for HL).

Part 3: Literature—texts and contexts
Learning outcome -Consider the changing historical, cultural and social contexts in which particular texts are written and received; Demonstrate how the formal elements of the text, genre and structure can not only be seen to influence meaning but can also be influenced by context; Understand the attitudes and values expressed by literary texts and their impact on readers

Texts studied –

SL and HL – A Doll’s House;The Dark Room
HL only – Persepolis

Exam Pattern:
Final IB FOA1:
Can be based on either Part 1 or Part 2 work. It has to be a combination of creative and analytical. Presentations will be given a maximum of 15 minutes. FOA is marked out of 30.

Paper 1:
Will be based on any of the topics and learning outcomes of Parts 1 or two. Students will attempt an analysis on one of the two unseen texts (SL) or one out of two unseen pairs of texts (HL). SL students will get 1.30 hours to complete the paper while HL students will get 2 hours to complete the paper.

Paper 2:
Will be based on the texts taught for part 3. Students will have to attempt any one our of the 6 questions asked. The response must be in the form of an essay/commentary in response to the questions with the texts to validate the responses.
SL students will get 1.30 hours to complete the paper while HL students will get 2 hours to complete the paper.

Regards,
Vagisha Shrivastava and Subhalaxmi Iyer

IIM Lucknow invites budding/experienced student writers at FS

IIM Lucknow invites budding/experienced student writers at FS

‘Writing to me is simply thinking through my fingers’ – Issac Asimov.

Dear Students,
Here is another opportunity to express yourself at a larger platform. IIM Lucknow, in association with EduGorilla, invites you to participate in Notepad – India’s Largest article writing competition.

Notepad provides a National platform for students to test and improve their writing skills. They offer certificates for the Top 25 entries from IIM Lucknow and cash prizes of Rs. 50,000 for the Top 3.

1st prize – Rs. 30,000
2nd prize- Rs. 15,000
3rd prize- Rs. 5,000

Although the participation date is close to your exams, the topics are very interesting and we feel people who love writing should give it a try.
Attached is a link that gives you topic details as well as details on how to register and where to send your work. Please keep us in the loop when you send your work across so that we can speak to the organisers about results etc.

Notepad

Regards,
Subhalaxmi Iyer

G11_English_Term2_Syllabus_and_Paper_pattern

G11_English_Term2_Syllabus_and_Paper_pattern

Dear Parents,
The following in the Exam Syllabus for Grade 11:
Standard Level:
Paper 1: Textual analysis (1 hour 30 minutes) The paper consists of two unseen texts. Students write an analysis of one of these texts. (20 marks)
25%
Paper 2: Essay (1 hour 30 minutes) In response to one of six questions students write an essay based on both the literary texts studied in part 3. The questions are the same at HL but the assessment criteria are different. (25 marks)

Unseen texts could include a range of Non-Literary texts (for SL), such as:
advertisement • opinion column • extract from an essay • electronic text (such as social networking sites, blogs) • brochure (such as a public information leaflet) • extract from a memoir, diary or other autobiographical text • satirical cartoon.

Unseen texts could include different text types (for HL), such as:
advertisement • opinion column • extract from an essay • electronic text (such as social networking sites, blogs) • brochure (such as a public information leaflet) • extract from a memoir, diary or other autobiographical text • poem • extract from a screenplay • extract from a novel or short story • press photograph • satirical cartoon.

Higher Level:
Paper 1: Comparative textual analysis (2 hours) The paper consists of two pairs of unseen texts. Students write a comparative analysis of one pair of texts. (20 marks)
25%
Paper 2: Essay (2 hours) In response to one of six questions students write an essay based on at least two of the literary texts studied in part 3. The questions are the same at SL but the assessment criteria are different. (25 marks)

Texts for Paper 2:
A Thousand Splendid Suns and Tamas (both HL and SL)
Things Fall Apart (HL only)

For further details, students must refer to the English A Language and Literature guide which has been shared with them in soft copy on their Google Classrooms.

Regards,
Smruti Chaudhari, Vagisha Srivastava and Subhalaxmi Iyer

Grade 12_English Language and Literature_Highlights of the week

Grade 12_English Language and Literature_Highlights of the week

Dear Parents,
Students are gearing up for their Final IB Internal assessment component – Individual Oral Commentary (IOC). They have been given excerpts and are working on Mock commentaries in class, and some are also sending teachers their recorded commentaries from home. These are marked and sent across to students to inform them about what they need to improve and what they are doing well.

In addition, HL students are also reading and discussing Chapter 8 of ‘Animal Farm’ from the point of view of an IOC.

Regards,
Smruti Chaudhari, Subhalaxmi Iyer

Grade 11_English Language and Literature_Highlights of the week

Grade 11_English Language and Literature_Highlights of the week

Dear Parents,
This week Grade 11 had a packed schedule in their English Lang. Lit class. While all students were required to work on their draft submissions for the Creative written task (submission date 22nd Jan. ’17), HL discussed ‘Things Fall Apart’ by Chinua Achebe, practice paper 2 and has a book club lesson; SL students read and discussed Tamas.

In the coming week, students will pick one of the two Creative written tasks they have written and look at improving it so as to send it to the IB as a final submission. Discussion on their next IA – Further Oral Activity will begin and discussions on the texts will continue.

Regards,
Smruti Chaudhari, Vagisha Srivastava and Subhalaxmi Iyer

Grade 12 English_Highlights of the week

Grade 12 English_Highlights of the week

Dear Parents,
This week HL students of G12 studied half of chapter 6 of Animal Farm and had a mock IOC for those who were present.

SL students completed their syllabus for the IB exam. They were given excerpts to analyse and practice for their IOC.

Their training and practice for the Final IBDP IOC will begin in earnest from next week.

Regards,
Smruti Chaudhari, Subhalaxmi Iyer