IB DP Language A Language and Literature – sample text analysis – interview transcript

Article: Full transcript of BBC interview with President Barack Obama


Before you read the “spoiler” bullet points below take a careful look at the text. Imagine it is a text you are using for your DP Language A Language and Literature assessments: the individual oral, the HL essay, or Paper 1 and analyze it accordingly. (This text would not be appropriate for Paper 2).

Some elements of the text to consider:

  • The accompanying video link and image at the top of the text
  • The breadth and length of the interview (this whole transcript is likely to long to be used for a Paper 1 but texts on the exam are often extracts of longer texts)
  • The use of headings to distinguish between different sections of the interview
  • The tone of the interview – some interviews are contentious, fawning, curt, etc. In this the tone is what one expect given the two participants

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