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Extended Essay Examples French

Hello fellow IB Students

I am currently attempting to choose an EE topic, and have decided that I am going to do it in French B.

To get to the point, I am part of the first graduating class at my school, and all of my teachers are new to the IB, but are nevertheless very good teachers. Regardless, I cannot get much advice from them about how to approach the EE and the constraints of the criteria for each section (i.e. making sure my topic fits into the subject criteria so I don't get docked points and stuff like that).

I'm planning on doing it on either language or culture/society, but am not really sure what the limits for this are. I don't really want to do a study of literature though, since I'm not particularly interested in literature.

So far I've thought of an investigaton of Formal Parisian French and Québec French phonology and research on the causes of the difference, but I'm not sure if this would be researchable.

I would really like to do something related to the composition of the language itself, particularly something with phonology or grammar, but I just don't know how to fit this in.

I've also thought of doing a comparison between English and French phonology as an explanation for why English speakers have problems with the French accent with suggestions of fixing the phenomenon.

If anyone has any suggestions, thanks for sharing them.

Also, is it true that a Bilingual Diploma is awarded for writing the extended essay in langauge B?

to start at the end you no longer get a bilingual diploma for doing an extended essay in a subject other than your A language, and you never got one for doing it in your B language.
If this is the first year your school has done the IB all your teachers will have recently been on the IB courses and should be able to help you. Also you can get examples of EE's online, and then you must read the rubric for the EE. Stick to the rubric, follow the rules and you will pass. For example points are available for writing the right amount of words in both your essays and abstract, they are available for the correct format, these alone will get you almost to a pass, and that is without writing a single sensible word.

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) online curriculum centre (OCC), a key resource for educators at IB World Schools, includes several examples of extended essay titles.

These highlight the diverse range of topics covered by International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) students during their extended essays.

Some examples are:

  • “An analysis of costume as a source for understanding the inner life of the character”
  • “A study of malnourished children in Indonesia and the extent of their recovery after a period of supervised improved nutrition.”
  • “Doing versus being: language and reality in the Mimamsa school of Indian philosophy.” 
  • “The effects of sugar-free chewing gum on the pH of saliva in the mouth after a meal.”
  • “To what extent has the fall in the exchange rate of the US dollar affected the tourist industry in Carmel, California?”
  •  “What level of data compression in music files is acceptable to the human ear?”

Also available in the OCC, the Handbook of Procedures for the Diploma Programme has guidance on choosing a subject for the extended essay.

The OCC is only available to existing IB World Schools.

You can also purchase examples of essays in the IB Store. These essays fulfil the requirements for an ‘A’ grade in the extended essay.

If your school is not one already, learn how to become an IB World School in order to implement the DP.

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