IB DP Language A Language and Literature – sample text analysis – report on gender equality in Sweden

Before you read the “spoiler” bullet points below take a careful look at the text. Imagine it is a text you are using for one of 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).

The following text may be a bit longer and more complex than a Paper 1. Paper 1 texts are sometimes adapted from the original and that adaptation can involve the remove of some elements of a text to simply it and reduce it to a manageable size / length. The full report linked below is four pages long which is far too long for a Paper 1. Only the first two pages are discussed below. The text is published by the Swedish institute which “promotes interest and confidence in Sweden around the world”

Full text: https://sweden.se/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Gender-equality-low-resolution.pdf


Some elements of the text to consider:

  • How this particular report differs from a strictly neutral factual / neutral reports
  • How the content and style of the report promotes particular viewpoints of Sweden
  • The focus on positive aspects of gender equality in Sweden and the few instances where the text refers to negative aspects of Swedish gender equality
  • The audience and purpose of the text given that is written in English by the Swedish institute that “that promotes interest and confidence in Sweden around the world”
  • The types of people that are included in the photos in texts that fit stereotypes of Sweden
  • The specific use of language in the report and how this language is used to depict gender equality in Sweden
  • The report’s use of data
  • Links to other websites within the report
  • The portrait of Sweden’s Minister for Gender Equality on page 2
  • The use of yellow in the text box on page 2 to differentiate it from the rest of the text

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