Contents for the Exam, July 2nd


Paper 1 IB adapted (3 texts)

Topic 1:Communication and media
Topic 2: Global Issues


Reading comprehension: Identify general and specific information and details, draw conclusions, infer, discriminate and justify information, provide references, speed reading.

Vocabulary in context.



Sample texts: English B Course Companion: p. 344-345; 347-349; 134-135; 138-140.



Photocopies provided in class.

Welcome and assessment dates


This year, your teachers will be Ms. Vera Callejas ( and Mr. Julio Uribe ( Mr. Uribe will continue with the same group as last year, whereas Ms. Callejas will work with Mr. Carey’s group from last year.

Your assessment dates this period are:

  • March 20th: Paper 1 test adapted (3 texts) / Time: 1,5 hours (30 minutes each text [original timing is 22,5 minutes each text with a total of 4 texts])
  • April 10th: Production and recording of a TV commercial based on the unit “Communication and Media”.
  • April 28th: Written assignment IB OFFICIAL: Composed of two texts, a Task (300-400 words, excluding bibliography) and a Rationale (150-200 words).

The Task: Students produce a piece of writing that can be a “Diary entry”, ” Interview”, “News report”, “Set of instructions” , “guideline”, “Written correspondence”, “Blog entry”, among others.

Rationale: Students produce a piece of writing that must include 1.- “The subject investigated”, 2.- “A brief description of each of the sources”, 3.- “The student’s intended aim(s) and 4.- “Explanation of how the student intends to achieve his aim-choice of text types, audience, register, style and so on. We used this link with IB students in 2014. Take a look at it, as it may be useful for your own preparation as well:

Explanation on the IB program

Dear students,

As you know last year you started with your two-year course on English B and understanding what comes next is a MUST.


The course is composed by three Core Topics:  SOCIAL RELATIONSHIPSGLOBAL ISSUES and COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA. We started studying these three core topics last year and we must review them this year as well.

The course is also composed by Five Options: Cultural diversity, Customs and traditions, Health, Leisure and Science and Technology. Only two options from this group are compulsory and the ones we have chosen are “Health” (studied in 2014 and reviewed in 2015) and “Cultural diversity”, to be covered in the 2nd period 2015.

In total your IB program will be composed of 3 Core Topics + 2 Options = 5 units


The Assessments of the IB are divided into INTERNAL and EXTERNAL, but there are in total 5 evaluations that you need to sit.

The EXTERNAL ASSESSMENTS are 3: Paper 1, Paper 2 and the Written Assignment.  The WA is a piece of written work based on the Core Topics will be done during this year and it will be the 3rd grade in this period. Paper 1 and 2 will be taken during May 2016.

The INTERNAL ASSESSMENTS are 2: Individual Oral and Interactive Oral. The Individual Oral is a photo description  based on the Options and will be recorded during the 3rd period 2015. The Interactive Oral Activities are based on the Core Topics: you need to take three of these tests and the best grade out of those three will be sent out to the IBO. You already did two (Interactive Oral based on Global issues: “Prezi” and Interactive Oral based on Social Relationships: “Debate”) which means this year, you will do the final one during the 4th period.

In the following image, the percentages of each evaluation are stated. It is important that you understand that you need to do all of them. Otherwise, you will be towards failing your IB and NOBODY wants that! We wish you success in this final stage of your IB preparation.


IB Option: Health – Dialogue Task

The purpose of this task is to demonstrate what you have learned, inquired and reflected about during the IB unit on health. In pairs, you will create, practice and act out a dialogue related to one of the topics we have discussed in class such as:

– Body image (Anorexia, Manorexia, Bigorexia, etc.)

– Substance abuse (Binge drinking, steroid use, etc.)

The dialogue must have between 7 – 10 lines for each person.  The context will be that you are basically yourselves (teenaged males) having a conversation in a relaxed setting about one of the topics. You will be assessed, and given the chance to earn a bonus 0.5 that you can add to your worst grade of the semester.

FINAL BLOG TASK: Diary entry – Your opinion about steroid abuse in sports.


Throughout the history of sport – the modern Olympiad, professional sports leagues, cycling and other individual distance sports, bodybuilding, just to name a few – athletes have been looking for ways to improve their performances, to gain an edge over the competition, even if that means taking a banned (and potentially dangerous) substance.

How many times have we been so proud of an athlete for outperforming the rest and displaying a ¨best ever¨ performance, only to be later informed that the athlete had been using performance enhancing substances?  Mark McGwire, Barry Bonds, Ben Johnson, Lance Armstrong, Arnold Schwarzenegger, the list goes on and on…

What do you think about this?  Do you agree or disagree with using performance enhancing substances in athletic competition?  If you had the chance to win it all by using a performance enhancing substance, and you would never get caught, would you do it?

Write a reflective piece of writing in the form of a Diary Entry answering these questions and explaining your opinion on performance enhancing substances in sports.  Write in the first person (ex. ¨I think…¨).  You may have a one-sided opinion, either agreeing or disagreeing, or you may be ¨on-the-fence¨ contrasting arguments on both sides of the issue.

Article: Youth Steroid Use

Synonyms – Read the following text and find the words that best correspond to their following synonyms below (WORDS ARE IN THE SAME ORDER THEY APPEAR IN THE TEXT). 1.  Backing 2.  Admiring 3.  Eager 4.  Raise 5.  Inclined 6.  Wrongdoing 7.  Absence 8.  Implicit 9.  Mentality 10.  Procedures 11.  Approved 12.  Reduce

Watch the following video and respond to the accompanying listening text.

The video below is rather comical point of view on some of the ¨not so nice¨ side-effects of steroid use.

Manorexia p.43

I.- Watch the following video and answer the questions below:


1.- What makes men feel insecure?
2.- What does Gary Grahl mean by the “American boy”?
3.- What are some reasons why men suffer from eating disorders?

II.- Read the text “Manorexia: Men with eating disorders on the rise (p. 43). Use the following link for vocabulary: