A1 Higher and Standard Level (Examination Session May 2012)
This is a rigorous pre-university course in the study of literary texts in the candidate’s first or best language. The course develops analytical and critical thinking skills as well as an understanding of historical, social and political contexts of a variety of cultures over time viewed through the lens of literature and examined through theoretical frameworks such as Marxist/ post-colonial, feminist, psychological, formalist/structuralist and reader-response critiques.
At BIS Jakarta the majority of students study English as their first language but other options such as Indonesian and Korean are also available. A significant number of BIS students are able to take a second A1 thereby earning a bilingual diploma.
Group 1 Options for Examination Session May 2013
There are new options available in August/September 2011 for candidates taking the final examination in May 2013. These are:
Literature (Higher and Standard Level)
Language and Literature (Higher and Standard Level)
The A1 course has been revised and is now called Literature. Fewer texts are studied and the options available have been updated to reflect contemporary concerns and new literary genres. With the change in assessment external and internal coursework now account for 55% of the total grade. This places greater emphasis on ongoing, continuous engagement with the course.
Literature students at Higher Level will study 13 texts that are assessed internally through 2 oral assignments (30%) and externally through 1 written essay (25%) and a final examination comprising 2 papers of 2 hours duration each (45%). Standard Level students will study 9 texts and the assessment is through 2 orals (30%), 1 written essay (25%) and a final examination of 2 papers of 1 ½ hours each.
Language and Literature is a new course that values literary texts and non-literary genres equally. This is an ideal course for students who want to retain an engagement with literature as well as extend their analytical and critical thinking skills to a wider range of oral, written and visual texts and providing a greater engagement with and understanding of media texts, the use of language in a variety of cultural contexts, the way language shapes our identity and perceptions and is in turn impacted upon by our experience.
Language and Literature Higher Level students will take 2 papers of 2 hours each in the year-end final examination comprising 50% of the grade awarded. Students will also submit 2 out of a possible 4 written tasks for 20% external assessment. The 2 oral assessments will account for the remaining 30% of the assessment.
Students taking Language and Literature at Standard Level will be assessed through two papers in the final examination of 1 ½ hours duration each and weighted at 25% each thereby comprising 50% of the total grade. Additional coursework will include 3 written tasks of which 1 will be submitted for external assessment. Internal assessment will be through 2 orals accounting for the remaining 30% of the grade awarded.
There is no change in teaching hours for both courses – 150 hours for Standard Level and 240 hours for Higher Level over the two year Diploma Programme.