Course Aims and Objectives

Below are the chief aims and objectives for the course. Read through these carefully to gain an understanding of the direction and purpose behind the activities and assessments that your will participate in over the span of this course.

Course Aims for Language A: Literature HL

  1. introduce students to a range of texts from different periods, styles and genres

  2. develop in students the ability to engage in close, detailed analysis of individual texts and make relevant connections

  3. develop the student’s powers of expression, both in oral and written communication

  4. encourage students to recognize the importance of the contexts in which texts are written and received

  5. encourage, through the study of texts, an appreciation of the different perspectives of people from other cultures, and how these perspectives construct meaning

  6. encourage students to appreciate the formal stylistic and aesthetic qualities of texts

  7. promote in students an enjoyment of, and lifelong interest in, language and literature

  8. develop in students an understanding of the techniques involved in literary criticism

  9. develop the students’ ability to form independent literary judgments and to support those ideas.

For our first unit, a detailed study on the works of John Keats, you will be required to demonstrate the following:

a.     Knowledge and understanding through an ability to substantiate and justify and justify ideas with relevant examples

b.     an ability to analyse language, structure, technique and style, and evaluate their effects on the reader

c.     an ability to engage in independent literary criticism on both familiar and unfamiliar literary texts

d.     an ability to examine and discuss in depth the effects of literary techniques and the connections between style and meaning

e.     an ability to express ideas clearly and fluently in both written and oral communication, with an effective choice of register and style

f.      a command of terminology and concepts appropriate to the study of literature

g.     an ability to write a sustained and detailed literary commentary