An extended essay (EE) in studies in language and literature gives students an opportunity to undertake independent research into a topic of special interest to them within the subject. It is intended to promote advanced research and writing skills, intellectual discovery and creativity. The essay is open to students who are writing in English.
Students must not submit a Group 1 EE in their Group 2 language (Spanish, French, Chinese). Studies in language and literature EEs are divided into three categories: Category 1 Studies of one or more literary works originally written in the language in which the essay is presented. Category 2 Studies of a literary work or works originally written in the language of the essay compared with one or more literary works originally written in another language. (The work originally written in another language may be studied in translation.) Category 3 Studies in language based on one or more texts originally produced in the language in which the essay is presented. At the point of submission, the category of Language A essay must be identified.
An extended essay (EE) in language acquisition gives students an opportunity to:
develop their awareness and knowledge of the target language they are studying
demonstrate their understanding of the culture associated with their target language.
The essay requires students to carry out research based on:
texts (taken to be any meaningful piece of spoken or written language, eg an article, a book, a play, a poem), or
specific cultural artifacts, eg works of fine art, architecture, films, radio or television programmes, or lyrics from popular music.
The essay is intended for students who are studying a second modern language. It must be written in the language for which it is registered (the target language) and focus on matters related to the target culture. Students may not write a language acquisition EE in a language that they are studying for their Diploma Programme as language A literature, or language A studies in language and literature. Students are assessed on the basis of their skills in research and analysis, not their language proficiency. Language acquisition EEs are divided into three categories:
Category 1 A specific analysis of the language (its use and structure), normally related to its cultural context or a specific text. Category 2 A socio-cultural analysis of the impact of a particular issue on the form or use of the language: (a) based on an examination of language use (b) an essay of a general cultural nature based on specific cultural artifacts. Category 3 An analysis of a literary type, based on a specific work or works of literature exclusively from the target language.