Course Description

Theory of knowledge (TOK) is central to the Diploma Program, and the relationship between TOK and Group 2 is of great importance. Learning an additional language involves linguistic and metalinguistic, sociolinguistic, pragmatic and intercultural skills and competencies.

Therefore, teachers are challenged to make links between TOK and Group 2 courses that encourage consideration and reflection upon how these skills and competencies are acquired by the language learner and, equally, imparted by the teacher.

TOK asks four essential questions. What is knowledge? How is it produced? How is it acquired and applied in daily life, and it does so for every main area of human knowledge. It operates within a clear  framework for each Area of Knowledge.

"Students (and teachers) new to TOK will often find it unsettling and frustrating, at least initially. This is as it should be. One of the tasks of TOK is to challenge accepted knowledge and the assumptions it is based on. It forces students to look at knowledge issues at the most fundamental level and this can threaten long held beliefs. It is often frustrating as it does not seem to provide clear black and white answers. In fact a successful TOK lesson will be one where the student emerges with more questions and fewer answers than they began with. Having said this, those who embrace TOK find that the way they think has changed and that they have gained a new level of clarity and understanding in many areas. TOK will raise your awareness of the problems with the foundations of knowledge and with their possible solutions. It is difficult and demanding but the rewards are well worth it." PHILIPPE MATHIEU @

Students are assessed in two parts: an externally examined 1,200–1,600 word essay and an internally assessed presentation.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    TOK & German

  • 2

    Who are Edward Sapir and Benjamin Lee Whorf?

    • Definition of the Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis

  • 3

    Darmok and Jalad at Tenagra

    • Darmok Quiz, Questions and Assignments

    • The Star Trek Next Gen Episode

    • Culture Article about this Episode from the Atlantic

  • 4

    More Food For Thought

    • A Book Review of Guy Deutscher's Book: Through the Language Glass

    • Full Text of Through the Language Glass by Guy Deutscher

    • Sources of "Through the Language Glass"

  • 5

    How Else Can a Language Impact a Population?

    • Video: Could Your Language Affect Your Ability To Save Money?

    • Article: German Language and National Identity

    • Article: How the German Language Is Being Transformed By Migration

    • Sources

  • 6

    Sample IB TOK Prescribed Questions

    • TOK Questions 2017

    • TOK Questions 2018

    • TOK Questions 2019 with Structure Worksheets:

    • 2019 PT1 Worksheet

    • 2019 PT2 Worksheet

    • 2019 PT3 Worksheet

    • 2019 PT4 Worksheet

    • 2019 PT5 Worksheet

    • 2019 PT6 Worksheet

State Certified German Teacher For 30 Years

Dr. Bogard

The owner and creator of the Time To Learn German website is Eva Bogard, Ph.D. She was born in Manhattan (NYC) to a German mother and a German-American father. She earned her bachelor's degree in foreign languages at snowy SUNY-Oswego and completed her graduate studies in Second Language Education and Instructional Technology at sunny USF-Tampa, where she earned her Master's and Doctorate degrees. She has spent several colorful summers in France enjoying the language and culture in Paris, St. Malo and Tours, but is usually found during her long summer breaks on the beach in Florida, or in the mountains of southwest Germany. Professionally, she is very interested in online hybrid education, especially using instructional technology in both her classroom and online courses to teach foreign languages. Eva is an International Baccalaureate teacher, and a Montessori education enthusiast. She has taught German, French and Spanish, as well as, Information Technology and Business Management over the last 30 years.

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