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Differences Between Spoken & Written English

   What are the main differences between spoken English and written English? Are they the...
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The Importance of Languages

Why is it so important to study languages? The English have shown a historic reluctance and...
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The Imaginative Power of McEwan and Murdoch

‘It wasn’t only wickedness and scheming that made people unhappy, it was confusion and...
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Literacy and Democracy

In recent years Britain has tumbled in the international league tables of literacy despite...

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  • Poetry Analysis 101: Forming Associations and Tex

    Oli Delgaram-Nejad A-level English Tutor (Exeter) Picture Poetry Analysis 101: Forming Associations and Textual Evidence The Horses I climbed through woods in the hour-before-dawn dark. Evil air, a frost-making stillness, Not a leaf, not a bird— A world cast in frost. I came out above the wood Where my breath left tortuous statues in the iron light....
  • Useful Online Resources for A-level English Editor's Pick

    Sasha Garwood A-level English Tutor (Sheffield) Picture Most A-level students probably spend more time on the internet than I do, which is no mean feat given that I’m also a Millennial (just). But nevertheless, here are a few useful resources for A-level English that might be helpful. It’s an incomplete and subjective list, but it’s hopefully...
  • Go In Like A Lamb, Go Out Like A Lion

    Jonathan Dagley A-level English Tutor (Canterbury) Picture ‘Go in like a lamb, go out like a lion’ I always remember being given this advice by my teacher when I was at school. After many years as a teacher myself, I find it is still good advice! It applies to a good essay or a story where you save the best till last. It is, of course, easier said...

 

  • Analysing Poetry Editor's Pick

    Alex Deamer A-level English Tutor (Chelmsford) Picture Analysing a poem, particularly under exam conditions, can prove a daunting task. Here I have outlined a basic approach that I find useful. It is not intended to be exhaustive, a poet may utilise additional literary devices; nor is it exclusive, there are numerous ways to read a poem....
  • Listening to Difficulty

    Anna Arbiter A-level English Tutor (North West London) Picture Whether you're a parent or an educator, one of the best ways to help a child succeed is to accept their struggle to learn. As well as working in education, I'm a trainee child psychotherapist, and it’s from both these fields that I’ve learned this: the most powerful agent of progress and change...
  • The Curious Case of A-Level English

    Hannah Knight A-level English Tutor (North London) Picture Thousands of 17-18 year olds will be receiving their A-Level results tomorrow. A good proportion of these will be collecting English Literature grades and amongst them will be two of my students.  Both of them were diligent, conscientious and engaged in our lessons. They both enjoyed exploring...