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Analysing Poetry

Analysing a poem, particularly under exam conditions, can prove a daunting task. Here I have...
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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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Literature, Wisdom and Emotional Intelligence

English literature is such a wonderful subject to study because it teaches so much; important...
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Useful Online Resources for A-level English

Most A-level students probably spend more time on the internet than I do, which is no mean feat...

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  • Narrative Writing for GCSE English Editor's Pick

    John E. Robinson A-level English Tutor (Portsmouth) Picture Approaching the narrative writing question for GCSE English Language Write the opening part of a story about a place that is severely affected by the weather. You’re sitting in a school hall, behind a desk which is probably too small for you, alongside, in front of, and behind several hundred...
  • Language and the Power of Ideas

    Aisling K. A-level English Tutor (East London) Picture ‘La parole s'enfuit, et l'écriture demeure.’ - The spoken word is fleeting while the written word endures. The French have an excellently neat way of putting things. It helps that they have far fewer words than we do in English. The consequence of this economy of vocabulary is an enforced...
  • Which English A Level Should You Choose? Editor's Pick

    Karen Pitts A-level English Tutor (Oxford) Picture This is the time of year when year 11 students begin to think about the next stage of their education. It’s an exciting time when teachers at your school or at open events in FE colleges try to entice you onto their courses. Many courses sound great; they are presented as being incredibly...

 

  • 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...