IB SL Subject: English Literature

IB SL Subject: English Literature

IB English Literature involves the study of literary texts – looking at characters, themes, writer’s language and structure, and the context of the times the texts were produced. You will have the opportunity to study plays, novels, poetry and non-fiction.

What texts will I read?

• ‘Othello’ by William Shakespeare
• ‘The Great Gatsby’ by F.Scott Fitzgerald
• ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ by Tennessee Williams
• The poetry of Carol Ann Duffy
• The speeches of Martin Luther King Jr.
• And many more!

Is there a mix of coursework and exams?

Coursework is mostly done in Year 12 and is worth 55% of the IB. You will write a 1200-1500 word essay, deliver a 15 minute oral presentation to the class and also sit an oral exam (10 mins). Year 13 prepares you for your two exams at the end of Year 13 – Paper 1 is a written analysis of a poem or prose passage, Paper 2 is an essay analysing an aspect of two plays that you would have studied in class.


Students study 10 texts, the exams are 1hr 30m and the oral exam is 10 mins.

In order to be successful at this subject, you must:

• Be prepared to do wider reading
• Enjoy discussing plot, characters and themes of texts and be able to analyse language, structure and form • Provide alternative readings and make perceptive comments
• Be prepared to write extended essays and deliver oral presentations