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

Ten Persuasive Writing Techniques to Transform Students’ Responses to GCSE English Language, Paper 2, Question 5

Discover some really effective techniques for persuasive writing that will transform students' planning and allow them to write compelling responses. The writing section of GCSE English Language Paper Two, Section B - persuasive writing or writing to express a viewpoint - is potentially the more challenging of the writing tasks. Perhaps this is because it … Continue reading Ten Persuasive Writing Techniques to Transform Students’ Responses to GCSE English Language, Paper 2, Question 5

Teach your students how to compare poems for GCSE English Literature, Paper 2, Section B

Learn some of these brilliant strategies for teaching really effective poetry comparison for  GCSE English Literature, Paper 2, Section B.One of the elements of our students' exam performance we identified as a weakness in last summer's examination series was comparing poems from the AQA poetry anthology, Poems Past and Present, which forms part of GCSE … Continue reading Teach your students how to compare poems for GCSE English Literature, Paper 2, Section B

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

Some great suggestions for GCSE English Language, Paper 2, Question 2

What would happened if the students were part of a collaborative planning process when attempting to form a successful answer? There are some notable challenges in preparing students to respond to AQA's GCSE English Language, Paper Two, Question Two. The question essentially asks students to synthesise evidence - ideas, information, textual detail - from two … Continue reading Some great suggestions for GCSE English Language, Paper 2, Question 2

How can moving image help us to teach narrative structure for GCSE English Language, Paper 1 Question 3?

Building on students' experiences with moving image makes preparation for GCSE English Language, Paper 1 Question 3 engaging and enjoyable The introduction of structure as a focus of assessment in GCSE in AQA's GCSE English Language Paper 1, Question 3 has been a welcome shift toward thinking about the bigger picture of how stories are … Continue reading How can moving image help us to teach narrative structure for GCSE English Language, Paper 1 Question 3?