Calling all Diploma Programme (DP) alumni! We are looking for graduates and students, like you, to help the IB create a sample set of essays for an upcoming new Study in language and literature courses: the higher level (HL) essay. We need sample HL essays in the following languages: English, Spanish, French, Chinese, Arabic, German, Japanese and Turkish covering 16 different topics!
Show off your writing and set an example for future IB students. Submit a proposal by 30 June 2018 (extended from May) to write an original 1,200-1,500-word essay on a topic you choose within the categories of language and literature, or just Literature (full details below). If your proposal is selected, completed essays will be awarded a USD 50 Amazon gift card.
What is the HL essay?
The HL essay is a component that requires candidates to write a 1200-1500 word formal essay, following a line of inquiry of their own choice into one of the texts studied. HL Language A: language and literature candidates will have a choice between writing about a non-literary or literary text.
Why was it added to the course?
The development of the HL essay followed the elimination of both written tasks and the written assignment in Studies in language and literature courses. Without those components, there would no longer be written coursework targeting research, editing and citation skills that are of such importance for university courses. The essay also differentiates further between SL and HL, asking HL candidates to demonstrate a deeper understanding of the nature of linguistic or literary study.
What topic should my essay discuss? (choose one from either)
Language and literature
- On a number of columns by one same columnist
- On an advertising campaign
- On the body of work of a photographer
- On a biography
- On a collection of essays
- On a TV series or a film
- On a blog or any other electronic text
- On a series of articles by one same writer
- On a work of poetry
- On a work of fiction
- On a work of non-fiction
- On a work of drama
- On a graphic novel
- On a group of songs by one same author
- On a work of poetry in translation
- On a work in translation
In what language should my essay be written?
We need essays in English, Spanish, French, Chinese, Arabic, German, Japanese and Turkish.
What is the deadline?
Submit your proposal no later than 30 June 2018, though earlier is recommended. We will review proposals on a rolling basis and contact you individually with additional details and a deadline for the final essay.
Why DP graduates?
We need creative and original examples to guide students; we know you have the skills to do this! Show off your writing and set an example for future IB students. Submit a proposal for an original 1,200-1,500-word essay on a topic you choose within either the categories of Language and literature, or just Literature. If your proposal is selected and you submit a completed essay, you may be eligible to receive a USD 50 Amazon gift card.
What concept should I use as a starting point for the essay?
To guide students in their choice of topic, we recommend using the seven central concepts in the course as a starting point for developing a line of inquiry. These concepts are listed here:
The representation of the identity of a particular character or group of characters in the work, or on the way in which the work relates to the identity of the writer
The representation of the culture of a particular place, institution or group of people, or on the way in which the work itself relates to a particular culture.
The representation of the individual or collective creativity, or lack of creativity, within the work, or on the way in which the work represents the creativity of the writer.
The representation of acts of communication, or failures in communication, in the work, or on the way in which the work itself represents an act of communication.
The representation of transformation or transformative acts in the work, or on the way in which the work itself is a transformative act either of other works through intertextual reference to them or of reality by means of a transformative effect on the reader’s identity, relationships, goals, values, and beliefs.
The representation of a particular perspective or perspectives within the work, or on the way in which the work represents the writer’s perspective.
The way in which the work represents different themes, attitudes and concepts, or in the extent to which literature can actually represent reality.
Questions or comments? Write to firstname.lastname@example.org.