Prerequisite: approval from English faculty
SL Language and Literature is a two year course with a dynamic literary syllabus that introduces the interconnected nature of language and literature. Students will explore a range of non-fiction text types alongside literary texts from different time periods and cultures. Throughout the course, students will examine literary themes, genres, contexts, and interpretations. The non-fiction texts are intentionally thought-provoking, leading to group discussions and student-led presentations which are marked as part of the course’s oral component. This course is stimulating and will suit intellectually curious people who wish to extend their understanding of great literature and controversial themes. The texts to be studied are grouped together into the following components: literature in contexts, close textual analysis, language in cultural contexts, and language in mass communication. Students who take this class should like reading and writing and be interested in finding out what great writers have to say about the ‘big issues’ of life: love, death, the individual and society, the struggle for personal significance and the power of the imagination. Students should be motivated, enthusiastic and willing to become well organized in their work habits.