IB English 12 students have been exploring many aspects of language this year. Two of the most popular activities have been Magnetic Poetry and Translating Tweets. Students also produced presentations on graffiti as mass media, and created re-designed corporate logos to reflect truth in advertising. During our study of the works of Emily Dickinson, students experimented with the forms of poetry by creating their own poems in the style of Dickinson. Using random phrases with magnetic backing, students composed free verse poems and displayed them around the class. After the American presidential election, students analyzed the tweets of Donald Trump (pre and post-election), thinking about how foreign translators would be challenged by Trump's use of colloquial language.
Grade 11 students have studied Hamlet and 1984, and are exploring the topics of language and identity, and language and community. They have analyzed national anthems, music lyrics, and are presenting orally on the topic of jargon and argot.