Planning Guide for the Individual Oral
There’s no reason to fear this assessment! Once you understand what’s required, the rest can actually be quite enjoyable. As long-time IB teachers, we’ve identified key aspects each student should include in their IO. Let us guide you!
Part of our IBDP English A Student Toolkit, The Individual Oral Complete Planning Guide includes:
- 100+ pages of updated material
- The best of our website videos and documents
- NEW content not available in Teacher Resource Packs
- 4 samples with examiner notes
- Highlighted transcripts of all recordings
- Full assortment of graphic organizers
- Sentence stems and other guidance for analysis
Individual Oral “Start to Finish” Video Course
This assessment doesn’t have to be difficult…we can help you! Use our 15-video course and let us guide you step-by-step through the entire process. We’ll show you how to craft a strong Global Issue statement, discuss the extracts, discuss the works as a whole, and how to get ready for the Q and A. Our students use these methods and achieve their goals. Join them!
Part of our IBDP English A Student Toolkit, the Individual Oral Start to Finish Guide includes:
- step-by-step approach to building the IO
- 15 lessons and 2 hours of new videos
- side-by-side highlighted IO transcripts
- “Start to Finish” graphic organizers
- 3 NEW sample recordings, outlines, and more!
- Guidance on outlines and the Q/A
Let's Meet the Assessment:
So what is the Individual Oral anyway? How much is it worth? What if I’m taking IB Literature and not IB Language and Literature. What is my objective in this thing? No worries! Dave and Andrew answer all your questions here. You can’t defeat the beast until you learn what you’re up against.
The Individual Oral
This assessment doesn’t have to be stressful! Trust us, if you follow the advice on this page, we’ll guide you through the entire process. Our students crush this assessment, and so can you. Take a deep breath. Relax. You’ve got this!
2024 IO Update!
It’s hard to believe that our first IO videos were released more than two years ago. Since then, we’ve examined more recordings and added some more insights to our videos. Be sure to watch the new series!
Remember: The Global Issue is the "Backbone"
We’ve said it a thousand times. You’ve got to keep the Global Issue as the focal point of your entire presentation. And, if indeed it’s the backbone, it better be strong.
The Individual Oral - The Complete Course
Now you understand the nuts and bolts of the IO, so it’s time to move on to our “Complete Course” for the Individual Oral. Working through each video sequentially will lead to a strong IO that you can be proud of. Our students use this series, and so should you!
Skill Practice and Support for the IO
Nice! You’ve finished “Individual Oral – The Complete Course.” But, are you sure you have command of all the skills? Remember to make sure your structure, discussion of the extracts, discussion of the literary work as a whole (or BoW as a whole) are fully explored in a balanced way. Make sure you have a clear introduction, a clear conclusion, and you speak in an engaging and passionate way. No robotic or speed racer deliveries!
The ability to read images is crucial for Language and Literature success. As you know, many of the texts we explore are multimodal, meaning they have both text and image. So, we need to understand how to read photographs, analyze them, and make meaning. There are some basic terms and approaches to close reading that will open up some important analytical doors. Watch these videos and improve your visual analysis!
Films, Documentaries, and Series
You're using a film or documentary for your IO? Nice choice - watch this video or you will miss important IO requirements!