Extended Essay English B Topics To Write

  1. Hi guys, so I was thinking about writing my EE in English B, and I was hoping that you'd be able to provide me with tips about what I should write about.

    I could first start of by telling you which subjects that I'm the most passionate about:

    US Imperialism


    Muslim Oppression in society



    (They're kind of interlinked, but I read like 5-6 articles everyday about this so I'm very interested in this field)

    So one idea would be:

    "The role of the media of portraying islamic extremism, and the effect this has had upon the muslim community in Britain"

    Of course this research question is too broad, and I would have to take one part of islamic extremism, or one radical islamist, perhaps Anjem Choudary. Maybe Britain is too broad and maybe I could focus on the moderates of the population in Luton in Britain where there are many muslims/ or London in general?
    Maybe I could do a survey to ask the Londoners on "The Student Room" for their opinion on the media and the effect upon the muslims that this has had. The questions will be directed to both muslims and non-muslims.
    I am also hugely interested in the second gulf invasion (the war on Iraq in 2003), and maybe I could discuss the role of the media and/or the Bush Administration in pushing for the war. Maybe I could specifically focus on the language used to persuade people to side along the administration and their predetermined incentive to go to war.

    Maybe a research question could look like this:

    "To what extent do you believe that the use of emotive language by the Bush Administration contributed to the vast popular support for the Second Gulf Invasion"

    Once again I could make a survey asking people this same question. Although it'd be quite hard to find people whom were 18+ at the time because really only they were old enough to understand what the country was getting itself into.

    Another interesting idea would be to explore the effects that wars have upon language.

    A Research question could be:

    "The impact of the "Second Gulf Invasion" upon the English Language"... Something along those lines.
    This seems interesting but maybe you could help me refine the Research question because it sounds very plain and boring, right?
    Maybe the Second Gulf Invasion is to specific and I should discuss many wars instead?

    I would also be interested in discussing the reasons for the increased popularity that right-wing extremist parties have been gaining lately. In Sweden for example, the Swedish Democrats have been experienced a huge surge in popularity in the past 7-8 years. The equivalent of that would be UKIP in the UK right? (Since the essay has to be focused on an english-speaking country.)
    What role does language and culture, extremism play in this?
    In such a case I would discuss how differing cultures and languages cause segregation, isolation and exclusion from society. How this in turn leads to unrest amidst the immigrant population which results in protest and rallies.This further increases the preexisting alienation between the immigrants and the British ====> UKIP gain more votes.

    As I mentioned earlier I'm also interested in the idea of multiculturism and would be interested in discussing it.
    Maybe I should just analyse a piece of literature and discuss multiculturalism in that book.
    Could there be a novel about this maybe? I heard about one called Alibrandi, but I don't know if it's good.

    What do you think about my ideas?

    Of course I am aiming for an A, and therefore when answering I want you to give me your honest opinion on whether you could see such an EE get an A, i.e. that it has potential to get an A.
    If you've also researched something similar or are generally well-informed about the areas discussed above, it would be greatly appreciated and I would be eternally grateful if you could provide me with some sources which I could use for my EE, or at least tell me which topic you think I would find the most information about to produce a quality 4000 word research essay

    Please help IBers! (or other people!)


    Last edited by Ali-Iraq94; 22-07-2013 at 05:07.
  2. Well your english seems better than mine so you've got the language aspect covered.

    Yo could always look at one event of terrorism, for example the July 7th bombings in London, and look at the impacts all across the UK for Muslims?

    A question could be: What effect did [insert terrorist incident] affect attitudes towards Muslims in [insert country]?

    Hope this helps a bit.

  3. (Original post by gravesy)
    Well your english seems better than mine so you've got the language aspect covered.

  • Edit pagePermanently growing collection of materials to explore stimulating topics relevant to our students
  • The majority of the materials are drawn from the internet, for contemporary relevance and accessibility, and also in order to ...
  • ... develop and teach techniques for the methodical use of the internet
  • There is a main emphasis on theCore topics required by the new Language B Subject Guide ...
  • Communications & Media: particular emphasis on political, cultural and moral issues raised by the development of the internet
  • Global Issues: in-depth research and discussion of aspects of global development
  • Social relationships: novel approaches to commonly-discussed topics, from human rights to gender issues
  • The section on the Option topics is principally designed to provide introductory material, to aid teachers & students in the initial exploration of each topic
  • Printable versions of  materials for  use without internet connection in the classroom
  • Emphasis on combining the internet with many other forms of classroom activity

Using language to explore

As pointed out elsewhere (see About topics ), language is necessarily about something - and if we want our students to be concerned to handle English well, we would be well-advised to find material which is about the world in which they live, changing as it is more rapidly than at any previous point in history.

The Language B Subject Guide specifies what the English learned in an English B course should be about - through the concepts of Core topics and Option topics. The Core and Options are listed as follows :-


- three topics that have to be studied at both HL & SL :

Communication and media

Global issues

Social relationships


- at both SL and HL, two of the following five alternatives have to be studied :

Cultural diversity

Customs and traditions



Science and technology

The headline page for each of the topics listed above contains a discussion of how the subject area may be approached in general. This involves debating what is involved in the definition of each term, thus leading to a listing of possible specific aspects which may be studied.

Design factors

It is worth noting the following -

  • from the section on Topics, under Syllabus Content (Subject Guide p.17) :

"At least two aspects must be covered in each of the five topics that make up the course."  ... no definition is provided of the size, complexity or depth of an 'aspect', so make up your own mind, based on what is convenient, and suitable for your students.

  • from the introduction to the Syllabus Outline (Subject Guide p.13) :

"While acquiring a language, students will explore the culture(s) connected to it. The focus of these courses is language acquisition and intercultural understanding."

  • ... and from the section on Topics, under Syllabus Content (Subject Guide p.17) :

"The core and the options at both levels, as well as literature at HL, must be studied within the context of the culture(s) of the target language."

Evidently then, material used as the basis of teaching the various topics should be strongly related to Anglophone culture.

Internet-based research

Most material presented here will be based on research on the internet. This is deliberate, because the internet ...

  • provides a vast range of material, so topics can be viewed from many different angles
  • makes available up-to-date material on issues of contemporary relevance
  • encourages active student research, thus developing essential skills of enquiry, discrimination and selection
  • should provide clues to developing systems of internet-based teaching 
  • ... and makes for a more vivid, varied, interactive website !

I am using my researches on the internet to develop procedures of research that can be used to guide students when they do the same kind of thing - certain pages explain and emphasise these techniques. 

So, consult  Computer Verbs ; and also the page Internet tasks , for an overview of procedures for using the internet in the classroom.

Selected Pages

Sci & Tech, evaluated1 November 2017

To be perfectly honest ... we language teachers, actually, are mostly rather ignorant about science and technology, aren't...

Science & technology28 July 2017

Unlike the 'Health' and 'Leisure' Options, the Subject Guide explicitly states that this topic should be concerned with...

Leisure28 July 2017

As with the 'Health' Option topic, the Subject Guide does not link the study of this subject area explicitly to "impact...

Health28 July 2017

It is noticeable that the Subject Guide's brief summary of the 'Health' Option topic (p.20) does not include the instruction...

Customs & traditions28 July 2017

This Option topic can be seen as overlapping significantly with the topic Cultural diversity, but of course it has a different...

Option topics2 June 2017

The Option topics stipulated by the Subject Guide are, like the Core topics, pretty standard areas for the language teacher...


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