Studies in Language and Literature

The aims of all subjects in Studies in language and literature (Group 1) are to enable students to:
1. engage with a range of texts, in a variety of media and forms, from different periods, styles, and cultures
2. develop skills in listening, speaking, reading, writing, viewing, presenting and performing
3. develop skills in interpretation, analysis and evaluation
4. develop sensitivity to the formal and aesthetic qualities of texts and an appreciation of how they contribute to diverse responses and open up multiple meanings
5. develop an understanding of relationships between texts and a variety of perspectives, cultural contexts, and local and global issues and an appreciation of how they contribute to diverse responses and open up multiple meanings
6. develop an understanding of the relationships between studies in language and literature and other
7. communicate and collaborate in a confident and creative way
8. foster a lifelong interest in and enjoyment of language and literature.

The six skill areas in the Language and literature subject group—listening, speaking, reading, writing, viewing and presenting—are developed as both independent and interdependent skills.

The assessment objectives are:

Know, understand and interpret:
•    a range of texts, works and/or performances, and their meanings and implications
•    contexts in which texts are written and/or received
•    elements of literary, stylistic, rhetorical, visual and/or performance craft
•    features of particular text types and literary forms.

Analyse and evaluate:
•    ways in which the use of language creates meaning
•    uses and effects of literary, stylistic, rhetorical, visual or theatrical techniques
•    relationships among different texts
•    ways in which texts may offer perspectives on human concerns.

•    ideas in clear, logical and persuasive ways
•    in a range of styles, registers and for a variety of purposes and situations

Those objectives will be assessed with a variety of different assessments.

The model for language A: language and literature is the same at SL and HL but there are significant quantitative and qualitative differences between the levels. That means the assessment criteria are stricter at HL, HL students read 6 books, that is two more than the SL students. And the biggest difference is that HL students have one assessment more than the SL students, which is called the HL essay. This is a 1200-1500 word essay exploring a line of inquiry in connection with a studied text or work.


CAIS can offer the following Group 1 languages: Chinese, English, German, and Korean.