IGCSE/GCSE (Reformed) English Language

Dates Available

Week 1: Monday 26 – Friday 30 March
Week 2: Monday 2 – Friday 6 April
Week 3: Monday 9 – Friday 13 April

Boards 

All boards

Length of Course

20 hours

Times

9am to 1pm

This course provides help with skills useful for the various IGCSE/GCSE English Language exams in their current formats. The course will utlise exercises taken from a variety of examination papers with the aim of meeting the needs of all those who enrol. We cater for both GCSE and IGCSE within the same group, though where possible we will stream groups.

The following areas will be covered. The length of time spent on each one may vary slightly from the following outline in order to take into account, the specific needs of students within a particular group.

Different types of exam question

An explanation of the different formats of the papers

Exam technique/Essay skills

Timing and structure

What examiners are looking for

The different assessment objectives will be explained

Non-literary and media comprehensions

Analysing language and arguments

Summarising

Writing from a stimulus

Using specified forms (e.g. diary, letter, talk, leaflet)

Revision tips

Preparing for the exams, advice for the final weeks of revision.

Reading

Reading and understanding texts with insight and engagement

Developing and sustaining interpretations of writers' ideas and perspectives

Understanding and making some evaluation of how writers use linguistic and structural devices to achieve their effects

Writing

Communicating clearly and appropriately, using and adapting forms for different readers and purposes

Organising ideas into sentences, paragraphs and whole texts using a variety of linguistic and structural features

Using a range of sentence structures effectively, with accurate punctuation and spelling