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IB Summer Projects 2019: English A

This guide is intended for rising grade 11 students entering the IB Diploma Programme.


Below, you will find databases that will help you in your research:


Dear students,  

Welcome to IBDP English Language and Literature. The purpose of this assignment is to provide you with an understanding of foundations of this course and give you a head start. A slightly advanced piece of reading is not meant to scare you in anyway, but will help you to hone your analytical skills. In order to further understand the expectations, pay attention to the rubrics given for each task. 

Task 1 

Research about the evolution of English Language and create a PowerPoint for presentation. Your presentation could be a timeline but does not necessarily need to be in the form a timeline. Focus on just one or two aspects of the evolution. Some of the probable focus points are mentioned below: 

  • How has technology changed the English Language? 

  • Does change in language mean that it is deteriorating? 

  • Emergence of Emojis and SMS language  

  • Different expressions and pronunciations in the Anglo-Phonic world 

  • Disappearance of certain languages 

  • What is the importance of idioms and proverbs in a language? 

You will be expected to present your research in class during the first week of school. Your presentation should not exceed 5 minutes. 


Task 2 

Purchase Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe. This text will be studied in the first semester of Grade 11.  

Research about the socio-economic condition of Africa in the late nineteenth century, with special focus on South East Nigeria. 

Study resources on the arrival of Europeans in Nigeria and the impact on African (Nigerian) culture. 

On the basis of your research write an essay in one thousand words on the following prompt: 

How does the interaction/conflict between two very different cultures, belief systems and socio- economic systems impact the African population, specifically Nigeria? 

It is important that you purchase a copy with this edition/ISBN number: 978-0385474542 


Task 3 

Write a letter to your teacher introducing yourself.  It should be hand written in roughly 500 to 600 words.  

Your letter could include: 

  •  Personal likes and achievements 

  • Reasons for selecting IB English Language and Literature course. 

  • Your academic goals  

  • Certain characteristics about you that you would like your teacher to know