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Course Concept

This course aims to prepare students from a variety of educational backgrounds to feel confident and well prepared to begin and then thrive in the study of English in the IB Diploma Programme. Our experienced teachers have developed the course to strengthen necessary skills that they have noticed tend to be weaker; thus focusing on the key areas that would give students who attend this course the edge – to have them start the IBDP with confidence in their knowledge base. The course will focus on textual analysis, writing an essay centred on a focused concept, becoming more independent in textual analysis and the use of relevant terminology. The course will support students in preparation for the study of either the IBDP Literature and Language A or Literature A courses.

Ms. Helen Wilkinson is our CourseLeap consultant and instructor for our Pre-IB English Course since the year 2017. She is Director of Studies and Head of English and Drama at Le Regent Crans Montana College in the Bern area in Switzerland and is fully conversant with the new syllabus changes in her areas of expertise.

Mr. Nick Pillow is our second instructor for our Pre-IB English Course since the year 2020 and.has taught English and Drama for almost fifteen years, both in London and, as head of Performing Arts at the Dhirubhai Ambani International School in Mumbai. He is the course instructor at CourseLeap for Pre – IB English and High School Accelerator for Public Speaking and English Written Communication.



Prepare for the critical and independent study of a variety of literary and some non literary genre


Develop knowledge of literary terminology and the ability to apply it in analysis


Develop skills to prepare for writing an IBDP English essay, including creating a central argument and structuring and planning ideas effectively


Prepare for the expectations of oral components (internal assessments) of the Literature and Language courses


Encourage independent exploration of texts, alongside the effective use of textual evidence and convincing literary arguments


Develop discussion skills in relation to the collaborative development of critical and independent responses to texts


Develop approaches towards the interpretation of an unseen text

Course Details

Ideal for

After Grade 10: before Grade 11


5 days

Total hours

30 Hours



  • 22.5 hours of virtual teaching sessions
  • 7.5 hours of continuous assessment – daily feedback, homework, internal assessment tasks, parent orientation, progress report

Date & Time

6th to 10th/11th June* (Monday to Friday)

2:30pm – 7pm

*Based on ACT June Date

Ideal for

After Grade 10: before Grade 11


4 days

Total hours

30 Hours



  • 22.5 hours of virtual teaching sessions
  • 7.5 hours of continuous assessment – daily feedback, homework, internal assessment tasks, parent orientation, progress report.

Date & Time

10th to 14th July (Sunday to Thursday)

3:00pm – 7:30pm


The course is nice to have a head start in English, it is very application based which is really good as it gives me a good base for actual school. There’s a lot of active analysis that I didn’t get to do in the ICSE. Mr. Pillow was really engaging and he made classes a lot of fun. Being online didn’t feel too tedious and I looked forward to class everyday. I loved that we got to have a lot of peer interaction and constructive discussions with each other.

Ambica Kale

Cathedral & John Connon School, Mumbai, ICSE, 2020

IB is completely different from ICSE English. In fact, I believe that the change is so drastic that everyone needs to practice or learn the IB style of writing prior to continuing with the DP. The course allowed me to think in a different way and taught me to present a detailed analysis of literature. Ms. Wilkinson was amazing and allowed me to learn a language in a way that I had never done before. Through her unique style of teaching I learnt a LOT of new terms. All in all she clarified all my doubts and really helped me learn a subject that I despised (earlier) in a short span of 6 days.

Shivang Raisurana

Bombay Scottish School, Mumbai, ICSE student, 2018, now pursuing IB Diploma at Cathedral and John Connon School, Mumbai

IB English Language and Literature requires analytical, original, creative and innovative skills. It encourages voicing out opinions and suggestions and it is a very interesting course to do, very different from ICSE. Surprisingly, in such a short time, I am quite confident about Paper 1 of the course. I think all the practice with the big 5 and PEEPIE have really helped. (Ms. Wilkinson) is great! She really knows what she’s doing, and this course would be absolutely incomplete without her. I’m more creative, more open thinking about texts, and I’m very excited to start IB English!

Varshika Prasanna

Dhirubhai Ambani International School, Mumbai, ICSE student, 2018, now pursuing IB Diploma the same school

How can we help

Please refer to the Contact Us page if you need help deciding courses or have any other inquiries so we can understand your needs. The appropriate team member will get in touch with you shortly.


Although courses like the IGCSE English Language and English Literature courses include content in the analysis of language and literature, the IBDP course is more advanced. Although the IGCSE courses are intended to encourage independent responses, students can still do well through the recycling of responses taught didactically by teachers, especially in the literature course. This becomes more difficult on the IBDP English course, where only 7% of students worldwide gain grade 7s and these necessitate independent engagement with texts and a more refined understanding of genres.

The national diploma English courses are mainly rooted in discussing textual content, rather than identification rather than analysis of literary devices. Students entering the IBDP English courses from national curriculum courses often take a few months to catch up with their peers who have studied on international curriculum courses. This course will give him/her more immediate access to success on the IBDP English courses.

Yes – more emphasis will be placed on comparative skills for those taking HL whilst those taking SL will be expected to focus on single text analysis.

Courseleap offers the opportunity to receive on-line tutorials with highly experienced English teachers who deliver and have examined the IBDP.

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Average Rating: 4.5 out of 5 (2 votes)
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Prisha Agrawal

A fun and informative class that gave me an edge in English

I absolutely loved the course! It was not at all boring, especially considering that it was online.. the time flew by during class! Thank you for the wonderful experience!

7 months ago
Mrudgandh Kumbhar

English course

The class was very explorative and interactive as well as fun. It was very enlightening to me as a student and it is something that I will definitely remember for my IB journey.

6 months ago


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