A Level English Literature vs IB English Literature HL

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I was wondering what the difference is between the two courses,in terms of the contents,texts studied and syllabus.
For example:What do you learn in the A Level course,that you don't in the IB?
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Sorry you've not had any responses about this. Are you sure you’ve posted in the right place? Posting in the specific Study Help forum should help get responses.

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I'm studying IB english lit, where my tutor teaches both A level and IB litterateur, she hates the A level system compared to the IB lit, as in IB we have more freedom of choice in authors, we study the author in detail to help contextualise poems, you have freedom in your coursework and in your IOC which is a 10 minute presentation, where as A level you are taught to pass the exam, and no emphasis is put on developing a passion for the subject, at GCSE i hated litterature, now i love it because of the way it is taught on the IB, I would also rate the IB higher than A levels in general also, due to the freedom we get, whilst also developing in depth knolege
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The major difference is that IB lB Eng lit is heavily world literature oriented, while A-level English literature is much more "literature in English". So in IB you'll necessarily do several texts that are in translation from the original language. We also did a lot more texts from a wider range, but maybe a bit less detail.

Additionally as noted the teachers have a huge range of authors and texts to choose from, so there is a great deal of variety. The A-level texts are much more narrowly prescribed, which is why you often see the same kinds of texts coming up from A-level students asking questions about them on here etc. Of course the other side of this is that for A-level there is a lot of existing material and discussions of the text by A-level students, whereas for IB texts you might find fewer dedicated materials at the 6th form level depending on the texts you're doing.

edit: just realised this thread is a 4 year old one that got bumped...IBevan please don't bump old threads. The OP of this thread has probably done their 6th form studies and may well be part way through a degree by now...
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