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Language and Literature for the IB MYP 2: Everything You Need to Know About the Course, Objectives, Assessment and Texts



If you are a student or a teacher of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP), you might be wondering how to approach the language and literature course in year 2. This course aims to develop your skills in six areas: listening, speaking, reading, writing, viewing and presenting. It also encourages you to explore the significance of language and literature in different contexts, cultures and genres. In this article, I will provide you with a comprehensive guide on how to study and teach language and literature for the IB MYP 2. I will cover the following topics: - The objectives and assessment criteria of the course - The key concepts and global contexts of the course - The units of inquiry and text types of the course - The skills and strategies of the course - The resources and tips for the course By the end of this article, you should have a clear idea of what to expect from the language and literature course in year 2, and how to prepare for it effectively. ## The Objectives and Assessment Criteria of the Course The language and literature course in year 2 has four objectives that align with the four assessment criteria: - Objective A: Analyzing - You will be assessed on your ability to analyze texts and their contexts, audiences, purposes and features. You will also be assessed on your ability to use appropriate terminology and conventions when analyzing texts. - Objective B: Organizing - You will be assessed on your ability to organize your ideas and information effectively, using clear structures, transitions and language. You will also be assessed on your ability to use appropriate formats and referencing when organizing texts. - Objective C: Producing text - You will be assessed on your ability to produce texts that are suitable for different contexts, audiences, purposes and genres. You will also be assessed on your ability to use appropriate linguistic and literary devices when producing texts. - Objective D: Using language - You will be assessed on your ability to use language accurately, fluently and effectively. You will also be assessed on your ability to use a range of vocabulary, grammar, syntax and punctuation when using language. Each objective has a set of descriptors that describe the level of achievement for each criterion. The descriptors range from 0 (not achieved) to 8 (excellent). The total score for each objective is out of 32. The assessment tasks for the course may vary depending on the school, but they usually include: - Analytical essays - You will write essays that analyze one or more texts in relation to a specific topic or question. You will use evidence from the texts to support your arguments and demonstrate your understanding of the key concepts and global contexts of the course. - Creative pieces - You will create texts that are inspired by or based on one or more texts that you have studied. You will use appropriate techniques and devices to convey your ideas and emotions, and demonstrate your creativity and originality. - Oral presentations - You will present your ideas and information orally to an audience, using appropriate language and visuals. You will also respond to questions and feedback from your audience. - Portfolio pieces - You will select some of your best work from the course and reflect on your strengths and areas for improvement. You will also set goals for your future learning. ## The Key Concepts and Global Contexts of the Course The language and literature course in year 2 is based on six key concepts that help you explore the nature and function of language and literature. These concepts are: - Communication - How do we communicate with others through language and literature? How do we express our thoughts, feelings, opinions and values? How do we interpret the messages of others? - Connections - How do we connect with others through language and literature? How do we relate to different cultures, perspectives and experiences? How do we create intertextual links between texts? - Creativity - How do we create with language and literature? How do we use our imagination, innovation and originality? How do we appreciate the aesthetic qualities of texts? - Culture - How do we explore culture through language and literature? How do we understand the beliefs, values, traditions and customs of different groups? How do we recognize the influence of culture on texts? - Perspective - How do we develop perspective through language and literature? How do we recognize our own point of view and those of others? How do we evaluate different arguments and interpretations? - Transformation - How do we transform with language and literature? How do we change ourselves and the world around us? How do we adapt to different situations and challenges? The language and literature course in year 2 is also based on six global contexts that help you connect your learning to real-world issues and situations. These contexts are: - Identities and relationships - How do we define ourselves and our relationships with others? How do we explore personal, social and cultural identities? How do we express our feelings, emotions and values? - Orientation in space and time - How do we locate ourselves in space and time? How do we explore historical, geographical and personal contexts? How do we understand the past, present and future? - Personal and cultural expression - How do we express ourselves and our cultures? How do we explore artistic, literary and creative forms of expression? How do we appreciate the diversity of cultures and perspectives? - Scientific and technical innovation - How do we use science and technology to innovate and solve problems? How do we explore the impact of scientific and technical developments on society and the environment? How do we balance the benefits and risks of innovation? - Globalization and sustainability - How do we live in a globalized and sustainable world? How do we explore the interdependence and interconnectedness of people and places? How do we address the challenges and opportunities of globalization and sustainability? - Fairness and development - How do we achieve fairness and development for all? How do we explore the concepts of justice, equality, human rights and social responsibility? How do we act ethically and responsibly? ## The Units of Inquiry and Text Types of the Course The language and literature course in year 2 consists of four units of inquiry that are based on one or more key concepts and one or more global contexts. Each unit has a statement of inquiry that summarizes the main focus of the unit, a set of inquiry questions that guide the exploration of the unit, and a range of texts that are relevant to the unit. The units of inquiry for the course may vary depending on the school, but they usually include: - Unit 1: Stories We Tell - This unit explores how stories shape our identities, relationships, cultures and perspectives. It focuses on the key concepts of communication, creativity, culture and perspective, and the global context of personal and cultural expression. The inquiry questions for this unit are: What makes a story? Why do we tell stories? How do stories reflect our identities, relationships, cultures and perspectives? The text types for this unit are: short stories, novels, graphic novels, memoirs, biographies, autobiographies, oral histories, podcasts, films, documentaries. - Unit 2: Voices We Hear - This unit explores how voices influence our communication, connections, perspectives and transformations. It focuses on the key concepts of communication, connections, perspective and transformation, and the global context of identities and relationships. The inquiry questions for this unit are: What is a voice? Whose voices do we hear? How do voices influence our communication, connections, perspectives and transformations? The text types for this unit are: speeches, interviews, debates, podcasts, blogs, vlogs, articles, essays, reviews. - Unit 3: Issues We Face - This unit explores how issues affect our culture, orientation in space and time, globalization and sustainability. It focuses on the key concepts of culture, orientation in space and time, globalization and sustainability, and the global context of globalization and sustainability. The inquiry questions for this unit are: What are some of the issues that we face in the world today? How do these issues affect our culture, orientation in space and time, globalization and sustainability? How can we address these issues effectively? The text types for this unit are: articles, essays, reports, infographics, charts, graphs, tables, maps, diagrams. - Unit 4: Solutions We Create - This unit explores how solutions impact our creativity, scientific and technical innovation, fairness and development. It focuses on the key concepts of creativity, scientific and technical innovation, fairness and development, and the global context of scientific and technical innovation. The inquiry questions for this unit are: What are some of the solutions that we create to solve problems? How do these solutions impact our creativity, scientific and technical innovation, fairness and development? How can we evaluate the effectiveness and ethics of these solutions? The text types for this unit are: creative pieces, such as poems, stories, scripts, songs, comics; technical pieces, such as manuals, instructions, procedures, recipes; innovative pieces, such as proposals, designs, models, prototypes. ## The Skills and Strategies of the Course The language and literature course in year 2 aims to develop your skills in six areas: listening, speaking, reading, writing, viewing and presenting. These skills are essential for understanding and producing texts in different forms and genres. You will also learn various strategies to help you improve your skills and achieve your objectives. Some of the skills and strategies that you will learn and practice in the course are: - Listening skills - You will learn how to listen actively and attentively to different types of texts, such as speeches, podcasts, interviews, debates and documentaries. You will also learn how to identify the main ideas, details, opinions and arguments of the speakers, and how to evaluate their credibility and effectiveness. Some of the strategies that you will use to improve your listening skills are: predicting, questioning, summarizing, paraphrasing, clarifying, inferring and reflecting. - Speaking skills - You will learn how to speak clearly and confidently to different audiences and purposes, such as presenting information, expressing opinions, persuading others and participating in discussions. You will also learn how to use appropriate language, tone, pace, volume and body language when speaking, and how to respond to feedback and questions from your listeners. Some of the strategies that you will use to improve your speaking skills are: planning, rehearsing, structuring, signposting, supporting, engaging and reviewing. - Reading skills - You will learn how to read critically and analytically a variety of texts, such as novels, short stories, graphic novels, articles, essays and reports. You will also learn how to identify the context, audience, purpose and genre of the texts, and how to analyze their features, structures, language and devices. Some of the strategies that you will use to improve your reading skills are: skimming, scanning, predicting, questioning, summarizing, paraphrasing, annotating, inferring and evaluating. - Writing skills - You will learn how to write effectively and creatively for different contexts, audiences, purposes and genres, such as analytical essays, creative pieces, oral presentations and portfolio pieces. You will also learn how to use appropriate formats, structures, transitions and referencing when writing, and how to use effective linguistic and literary devices to convey your ideas and emotions. Some of the strategies that you will use to improve your writing skills are: brainstorming, outlining, drafting, revising, editing, proofreading and publishing. - Viewing skills - You will learn how to view critically and analytically a range of visual texts, such as films, documentaries, graphic novels, comics, advertisements and infographics. You will also learn how to identify the context, audience, purpose and genre of the texts, and how to analyze their features, structures, language and devices. Some of the strategies that you will use to improve your viewing skills are: predicting, questioning, summarizing, paraphrasing, annotating, inferring and evaluating. - Presenting skills - You will learn how to present effectively and creatively your ideas and information using different modes and media, such as slideshows, posters, videos and podcasts. You will also learn how to use appropriate formats, structures, transitions and language when presenting, and how to use effective visual and audio elements to enhance your presentation. Some of the strategies that you will use to improve your presenting skills are: planning, rehearsing, structuring, signposting, supporting, engaging and reviewing. ## The Resources and Tips for the Course The language and literature course in year 2 requires you to use various resources and tools to enhance your learning and performance. Some of the resources and tools that you will use in the course are: - Textbooks - You will use textbooks that provide you with an overview of the course content, objectives, assessment criteria, key concepts, global contexts and units of inquiry. You will also use textbooks that provide you with model texts, exercises, activities and tips for developing your skills and strategies. Some of the textbooks that you may use in the course are: Language and Literature for the IB MYP 2 by Ana de Castro and Zara Kaiserimam; MYP by Concept 2: Language and Literature by Gillian Ashworth; MYP English Language Acquisition Phase 2 by Kevin Morley and Alexei Gafan. - Online platforms - You will use online platforms that provide you with access to a variety of texts, resources, tools and feedback. You will also use online platforms that allow you to collaborate with your classmates and teachers, submit your work and track your progress. Some of the online platforms that you may use in the course are: ManageBac, Google Classroom, Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Slides, Google Forms, Turnitin, Padlet, Kahoot. - Library - You will use the library that provides you with access to a range of books, magazines, newspapers, journals and other sources of information. You will also use the library that provides you with access to computers, printers, scanners and other equipment. You will also use the library that provides you with guidance and support from librarians and other staff. - Media - You will use media that provide you with access to a variety of texts, such as films, documentaries, podcasts, blogs, vlogs, articles and essays. You will also use media that provide you with current and relevant information on different topics and issues. Some of the media that you may use in the course are: Netflix, YouTube, Spotify, BBC, CNN, The Guardian, The New York Times. To succeed in the language and literature course in year 2, you will also need to use some tips and best practices that will help you improve your performance and achieve your goals. Some of the tips and best practices that you will use in the course are: - Plan ahead - You will plan ahead for your assignments and tasks by setting deadlines, breaking down the work into manageable steps, and allocating enough time for each step. You will also plan ahead for your presentations by preparing your materials, rehearsing your speech, and anticipating possible questions and challenges. - Research thoroughly - You will research thoroughly for your assignments and tasks by using a variety of sources, such as books, articles, websites, podcasts and videos. You will also research thoroughly for your presentations by using relevant and reliable information, such as facts, statistics, examples and quotations. - Analyze critically - You will analyze critically the texts that you read, view and listen to by identifying their context, audience, purpose and genre. You will also analyze critically the texts that you write and present by evaluating their strengths and weaknesses, and by seeking feedback from others. - Create original - You will create original texts that are suitable for different contexts, audiences, purposes and genres that reflect your creativity and originality. You will also create original texts that are free from plagiarism and that acknowledge the sources of your information and ideas. Some of the strategies that you will use to create original texts are: brainstorming, outlining, drafting, revising, editing, proofreading and publishing. ## Conclusion The language and literature course in year 2 is a challenging and rewarding course that will help you develop your skills and knowledge in six areas: listening, speaking, reading, writing, viewing and presenting. It will also help you explore the significance of language and literature in different contexts, cultures and genres. To succeed in this course, you will need to use various resources and tools, such as textbooks, online platforms, library, media and tips and best practices. By the end of this course, you should be able to analyze, organize, produce and use language effectively and creatively. ## FAQs Here are some frequently asked questions about the language and literature course in year 2: - Q: How is the language and literature course in year 2 different from the language acquisition course in year 2? - A: The language and literature course in year 2 is for students who have a high level of proficiency in the language of instruction of the school. The language acquisition course in year 2 is for students who are learning a new language or improving their skills in a language that is not their mother tongue. - Q: How is the language and literature course in year 2 assessed? - A: The language and literature course in year 2 is assessed internally by the teacher using four criteria: analyzing, organizing, producing text and using language. Each criterion has a set of descriptors that describe the level of achievement for each objective. The total score for each criterion is out of 32. - Q: What are some of the texts that I will read, view and listen to in the language and literature course in year 2? - A: The texts that you will read, view and listen to in the language and literature course in year 2 will vary depending on the school, but they will include a range of texts from different contexts, cultures and genres that are relevant to the key concepts and global contexts of the course. Some of the texts that you may read, view and listen to in the course are: The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Black Panther by Ryan Coogler, TED Talks by various speakers, The New Yorker by various writers. - Q: How can I get a free PDF of Language and Literature for the IB MYP 2? - A: Language and Literature for the IB MYP 2 is a textbook written by Ana de Castro and Zara Kaiserimam that provides an overview of the course content, objectives, assessment criteria, key concepts, global contexts and units of inquiry. It also provides model texts, exercises, activities and tips for developing your skills and strategies. To get a free PDF of this textbook, you may try to search online for a download link or a torrent file. However, be aware that downloading copyrighted material without permission may be illegal and unethical. A better option may be to borrow the textbo


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