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Key Stage 2 English

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Beginning stories: how to create atmosphere

In this article, I’ll show you some simple but effective ways to create atmosphere in your...
Key Stage 1 English

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The Tutor’s role in SATs

SATs are a hot topic of political debate and media speculation at the moment. Everyone has an...
GCSE English

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How to Write an Intro to a Comparative Essay

Often my GCSE students are thrown when they first find themselves confronted by an essay asking...
GCSE English

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Revision: a list of dos and don'ts

DO Plan what you need to revise and decide on when Break each...

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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...
  • The benefit of ESL teacher training

    Fatema Desai IELTS Tutor (East London) Picture How all teachers can benefit from ESL teacher training practice.  ESL practitioners are taught to never assume too much so when a student walks into a class always take the approach that the student is starting from the beginning regardless of how advanced they might be . ESL students tend to...

 

  • 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...
  • Managing Expectations in Language Learning

    Suzanne Oyo English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher (Portsmouth) Picture Directing a learner towards the best course or form of assessment for them is an important task for any tutor. We now have English language learners in a wide variety of circumstances, not just here settling in the UK or on a student’s visa to sit a Cambridge EFL exam before returning home....
  • 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....