Unfortunately in the modern world of computer games and social media, reading books can seem like a chore to many students, especially to teenage boys. It is well known that reading develops cognitive skills, imagination and literacy skills and if the correct text is selected then all of this...
The key to English language and literature is to be comfortable with the language first. Punctuation, grammar and spelling are very important and the basic building blocks. When these are established, then the best way for students to prepare for the language component is to practice their...
Written in the wake of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Centre, on September 11th, ’Caught in the Crossfire’, by Alan Gibbons, is a powerful novel about young people, love, hate, prejudice, racism and bigotry.
Oakfield, a town in northern England, is set in one small corner of a...
There is a great deal to think about at the start of the school term for every student. Panic can set in. Is the work going to be a lot harder than last year? Am I going to keep up with the workload? What books am I going to be using for my studies? Am I going to enjoy them? And for home...
When Ofqual, the body that regulates standards of public examinations, announced last August that speaking and listening would no longer be allowed to add any marks to the overall grade at GCSE, there was a mixed response from students and teachers alike. Some teachers were relieved; it's almost...
If you do nothing else, aim to structure your essays with an introduction, three paragraphs with three ideas in each, and a conclusion. You can always change your mind later, but a 3 x 3 structure, with an introduction and conclusion, is a great way to start to organise your thoughts.
How to reach for the A* in your English Literature exam:1. When given an extract in your Literature exam, it is important to be precise in your analysis- pick 5 of the most important thematic words.2. Make perceptive connections- link these words to relevant words across the novel/play. Can you...
Last week myself and another tutor held a forum with our students to decide which books we would choose to read. This is a difficult decision to make considering that everyone has such different tastes.
Before the forum, I had already thought to the two books that I wanted to read, which were...
For many years I did not watch ‘The Simpsons’. Nevertheless, as my children got older it was initially a relief that they wanted to view because it was something we could all watch together, and I no longer had to endure Cbeebies on loop. Aunty Mabel visiting the sewage farm was a memorable low...
Take the following example:
'He was imprisoned in a room. It was dark. He felt cold, and the ceiling was grey.'
It's clear and it's simple, but it's not very interesting to read.
Isn't there a more interesting story to tell? Saying a room is dark doesn't tell you much about it; it doesn't evoke...
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