A key aim of the Language and Literature course is to encourage students to question the meaning generated by language and texts. Central to the course is helping students to focus closely on the language of the texts they study and to become aware of the role of each text’s wider context in shaping meaning.
Aims and Objectives
The aims of the Language and Literature course is to introduce students at Higher Level and Standard Level to a range of texts from different periods, styles and genres and develop their ability to engage in close, detailed analysis of individual texts and make relevant connections. It aims to develop students‘ powers of expression, both in oral and written communication and encourage, through the study of texts, an appreciation of the different perspectives of people from other cultures and how these perspectives construct meaning. The course works to educate students to think critically about the different interactions between text, audience and purpose and appreciate the formal, stylistic and aesthetic qualities of texts and promote in students an enjoyment of, and lifelong interest in, language and literature.
Part 1: Language in Cultural Context
Investigates the development of English as a global language and the factors that have contributed to language changes in society. Students will also explore how language impacts the world and shapes the identity of groups and individuals.
Part 2: Language and Mass Communication
Students will examine different forms of media and consider ways language is used to inform, persuade and entertain. They will also explore the powerful influence of the media in shaping cultural values and attitudes.