lunes, 5 de febrero de 2018


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  • EXTERNAL EXAMS ( May 2018)


PAPER 1 ( 25%)
BASED ON CORE
5 TEXTS / 60 QUESTIONS
TIME 1:30


Ø 
IT MEASURES YOUR ENGAGEMENT WITH AND UNDERSTANDING OF A WRITTEN TEXT.

Ø 
READ THE QUESTIONS CAREFULLY BEFORE YOU ATTEMPT TO ANSWER
Ø  DO NOT RELY ON SUBJECT KNOWLEDGE WHEN ANSWERING THE QUESTIONS
Ø  WRITE LEGIBLE
Ø  BE PRECISE AND CONCISE: WHEN ASKED FOR A WORD PROVIDE ONLY ONE WORD

Possible exercises:

·         Choosing which of a number of sentences are true according to the text
·         Gap –filling exercises
·         Identifying clear inference from concepts
·         Identifying precise references of key phrases or structures
·         Identifying whether an explanation is true or false, ad finding the evidence in the text
·         Identifying who says what  in a text
·         Justifying an interpretation by locating evidence or key phrases
Resultado de imagen de exams ib english B  images·         Matching summary sentences with different paragraphs of the text
·         Matching words or phrases from the text with definitions
·         Short-answer questions
·         Multiple-choice questions


PAPER 2 HL ( 25%)
You are asked to respond to a writing prompt. The aim is to assess your ability to communicate accurately and effectively for a variety of purposes.

v  Section A is based on the options:
Cultural diversity
Customs and traditions
Health
Leisure
Science and technology

*      Five tasks, each one requiring to respond using a different type of text. Each task is based on a different option. You must choose one of the five tasks. You are expected to write 250-400 words. You will need to identify the purpose of the task in order to use register and style appropriate to the specified text type and audience. To achieve this you must be able to:
·         Use language accurately and appropriately
·         Develop and organize ideas relevant to the task and produce the features of the required text type correctly.
Text types:
·         Article
·         Blog/diary entry
·         Brochure, leaflet, flyer, pamphlet, advertisement
·         Interview
·         Debate, speech, talk, presentation
·         News report
·         Official report
·         Proposal
·         Review
·         Set of instructions, guidelines
·         Written correspondence (letters and emails)


SKILLS
1.      Generating and organizing ideas
Make sure you understand the topic about which you are writing. Choose the prompt for which you are able to formulate the best answer.
  • Do I know enough about the subject matter?
  • Do I have the necessary vocabulary?
  • Do I understand the purpose of the text?
  • Can I handle the features of the text type?
  • Can I use the appropriate register?

2.      Skills for thinking: writers, audiences and communicative purpose

First of all consider the three elements of the process:
Ø  Your role as the writer of the text
You will often find yourself writing tasks that require you to pretend to be a specific character. For example you could be a journalist, a technical writer, an angry member of the public.

Ø  The audience you are writing to.
Just as you must assume an identity, you must write your text to an imaginary audience., and you need to use the appropriate register to make your written English appropriate for your audience.

Ø  The reasons for writing-the purpose of the text:
          Advise on / Apologise for/  Comment on /Complain about / Describe  /Enquire about / Explain /Instruct /Narrate /Persuade /  Request /  Suggest

          3.  Skills for writing: texts types, features and language
  • What text type are you writing?
  • What are the structural features of that text type?


         4. Skills for communicating: the writing process
            Before you start writing, make sure you know where you and your text are going. Here are  
            three different structures for writing:
-       Narrative-driven texts : tell a story, explain the background and the significance of the events.
-       Problem-driven texts: set out a problem, explain the details and offer a solution
-       Thesis-driven texts: start with an answer to a problem, justify the answer with evidence and make a final point.


v  Section B – The Personal Response

150-200 words

o   You can choose any text type that you have studied.
o   You are asked to write a reasoned argument in which you respond to a written stimulus using any text type of your choice.
o   The response must be
LOGICAL
REASONED
COHERENT
o   You must form a clear idea of how you wish to respond – PLAN

o   You must support your ideas with EVIDENCE

o   Three different approaches for tackling personal response:

1.  One-sided approach

Either support or attack the main idea in the stimulus text.
Give reasons for each point you make
Do not include the other side of the argument
Write a strong conclusion about what should be done

2.  Balanced approach

There is no single answer to a problem. 
Give both sides of the argument
State that both sides have equally valid arguments
Alternatively, show how both sides have weak arguments.
Give reasons for supporting or criticizing each point of view
Conclude by saying that the different sides should recognize that each has valid points and they need further discussion.

3.  Analytical approach
Evaluate the argument/s in the stimulus text. 
Put your argument/s in order of strength.
You can start with the weakest and finish with the strongest or the other way round.
Explain why some points in your analysis are stronger than others
Which arguments are better supported by examples?
Conclude by stating which ideas you would support and which you would not

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