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A-level English

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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...
English as a Foreign Language (EFL)

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Consonant clusters: the bane of your life

In the time I've spent teaching EFL, a difficulty my students have had time and again is the...
University English

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The Riparian Underworld of Charles Dickens

It is a given that Dickens is pre-eminently a writer of the built environment, not the natural...
Key Stage 2 English

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Reading is the Key

For a child's literacy skills to be improved all round I reccommend reading lots of different...

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  • 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...
  • An individual approach to language learning

    Sue Caporn English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teacher (Bristol) Picture How we learn foreign languages depends on us as individuals.  We're all different, and language learning involves many elements, including the structure of the language (grammar), vocabulary (lexis) and how to make sentences (syntax).  For many years, traditional class-based methods of...


  • Improving Sentences

    David Cummings Key Stage 2 English Tutor (Uxbridge) Picture Improving Sentences These sentences are really boring and need to be made more interesting! Rewrite each one neatly in your homework book. Think about all the ways we have been learning to improve our sentences in class: use adjectives (but not too many!) to describe the noun use powerful...
  • How To Get Your Child To Start Reading Editor's Pick

    Simon Warner Key Stage 3 English Tutor (North West London) Picture How To Get Your Child To Start Reading As an English teacher and tutor I am often told by worried- and sometimes exasperated parents- that despite their best efforts their child just won’t read. I hear this said by parents about their young child and by parents about their teenager; and in the...
  • Why new Grammar Schools are BAD.

    David Beck GCSE English Tutor (Swindon) Picture Why new Grammar Schools are BAD. Or are they?   A recent letter to the Guardian reads: As education organisations representing hundreds of thousands of teachers, support staff, governors and other education professionals, we are united in opposing the government’s plans for expanding...