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Other Language A Literature SL (self-taught)


Language A: literature is a literature course that may be studied in as many as eighty languages. Fifty of these have a prescribed list of authors (PLA). The IB has a policy of mother-tongue entitlement that promotes respect for the literary heritage of a student’s home language and provides an opportunity for students to continue to develop oral and written skills in their mother tongue while studying in a different language of instruction. In the Diploma programme the IB addresses mother-tongue entitlement through the language A: literature course. There are over 45 languages that are automatically available, plus special request languages.

There are two procedures available to facilitate mother-tongue entitlement.

  • Where no teacher is available, a student may be allowed to study his or her particular language A as a school-supported self-taught language A: literature student (SL only).
  • Schools may request an examination to be set in languages that are not on the authorized list by special request. In cases where there is little or no printed literature, texts of oral literature may be included, provided the works chosen are of merit and are available in a reliable transcription and/or in another recording.

Languages offered as Language A Literature self-taught SL


The following languages are offered as self-taught Language: literature courses by the IB. Additional languages may be requested by the school for students whose mother tongue is not represented on the list.

Albanian
Amharic
Arabic
Belarusian
Bengali
Bosnian
Bulgarian
Catalan
Chinese
Croatian
Czech
Danish
Dutch
Estonian
Finnish
French
German
Hebrew
Hindi
Hungarian
Icelandic
Indonesian
Swedish
Thai
Turkish
Ukrainian
Urdu
Welsh
Vietnamese
Polish
Portuguese
Romanian
Russian
Serbian
Sesotho
Sinhalese
Slovak
Slovene
Spanish
Swahili

Italian
Japanese
Korean
Latvian
Lithuanian
Macedonian
Malay
Modern Greek
Nepali
Persian
Pilipino


Practical arrangement

Language A: literature self-taught students read all literary works in the language studied and write all assessed components and perform oral examinations in that language. The school will provide self-taught students with a list of literary works according to the requirements of the course.

At Nesbru videregående skole self-taught students are given assistance with the specific aspects of their literary studies by participating in the classes of students following the taught literature courses in either English or Norwegian depending on which language is their best language of the two courses provided. This arrangement is especially useful in equipping self-taught students with the information and skills necessary for carrying out the assessment components of the course.

Self-taught students are be expected to meet the same syllabus requirements as for taught SL students with a few exceptions.

Adapted from the IB Language A: literature guide © International Baccalaureate Organization