Teach your students to ace AQA’s GCSE English Language P1, Q2

Essential advice that draws on examiners' reports, past papers and students' responses, with some great downloadable extracts and helpful resources. 1. Encourage your students to explore deeper layers of meaning. 'Some [students] offered a basic, generic comment, for example, ‘it creates a picture in our heads’, which could apply to any example of language in … Continue reading Teach your students to ace AQA’s GCSE English Language P1, Q2

Help your students feel much more confident with GCSE English Language, Paper 2, Question 4

When they're tackling Paper 2, it's crucial our students know exactly what each question  is demanding of them. Here's how. In my Year Eleven class, Josh is a Great Dane, on account of his height, which is somewhere in the region of a pro basketball player. Marcus is an Irish wolf-hound. He's got long legs … Continue reading Help your students feel much more confident with GCSE English Language, Paper 2, Question 4

Two very creepy but highly effective extracts for teaching AQA’s GCSE English Language, Paper 1, Question 4

This question offers some really great opportunities for students to productively engage with the idea of thinking and writing analytically. Teaching AQA's GCSE English Language Paper 1 is a brilliant way to explore the craft of fiction. As well as the specimen material and past papers available online, it's always fun to choose texts for … Continue reading Two very creepy but highly effective extracts for teaching AQA’s GCSE English Language, Paper 1, Question 4