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IB: Group 1

German A and Italian A: Language & literature

What could this course lead to?

A bilingual IB Diploma if the student chooses both German/Italian and English in Group 1.

The course is designed for native German/Italian or near native speakers who will also take English in Group 1.

What will I be studying?

The course structure consists of two literary and two thematic options. Students will enrich their linguistic skills through the detailed study of language in the context of politics, gender, sport, history and the media of Italy/Germany. You will also prepare six literary texts (four at Standard Level) which will be studied in depth. Short literary texts and films are sometimes studied to complement a topic.

Are there any trips or extracurricular activities linked to this course?

There are a variety of trips and activities associated with this subject please see the course tutor for more information.

What benefits does this subject have for university entrance?

The bilingual diploma is a requirement for all native German/Italian speakers wishing to study at a German/Italian university. It is a highly prestigious qualification, valued by universities and employers alike.

What skills or learning approach do I need for this subject?

You will need to be able to speak and understand German/Italian fluently and as for any language and literature based course, you will need to appreciate and enjoy exploring texts. You will need an inquiring and open mind to investigate literature and other texts further and have the confidence to explore, develop and express your own ideas. General reading of German/Italian texts, newspapers and journals is encouraged. An understanding of writing in different styles – formal letters, fiction, newspaper editorials, diary entries and speeches is also useful.

How does the Higher Level differ to the Standard Level?

Although the content is similar and you will develop the same skills, the depth in which you study each topic is less for the standard Level compared to the Higher Level.

How is it examined?

Further details are available through the Modern Languages Department, but in brief:

  • Two examination papers – a text comparison exercise and an essay paper
  • Two oral examinations – a one to one discussion with your teacher about a literary topic of your choice and group activities based on the core topics
  • Two written assignments in German/Italian totalling 1400-1600 words

Coursework: Yes

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