GCSE ENGLISH LANGUAGE & ENGLISH LITERATURE
AN INTRODUCTION TO THE COURSE
Students will draw upon a range of texts including Shakespeare as reading stimulus and engage with creative as well as real and relevant contexts. Students will have opportunities to develop higher-order reading and critical thinking skills that encourage genuine enquiry into different topics and themes.
This specification will ensure that students can read fluently and write effectively. Students will be able to demonstrate a confident control of Standard English and write grammatically correct sentences, deploying figurative language and analysing texts.
WHAT THE COURSE INVOLVES
For GCSE English Language/Literature students should:
- read fluently, and with good understanding, a wide range of texts from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, including literature and literary non-fiction as well as other writing such as reviews and journalism
- read and evaluate texts critically and make comparisons between texts
- summarise and synthesise information or ideas from texts
- use knowledge gained from wide reading to inform and improve their own writing
- write effectively and coherently using Standard English appropriately
- use grammar correctly and punctuate and spell accurately
- acquire and apply a wide vocabulary, alongside a knowledge and understanding of grammatical terminology, and linguistic conventions for reading, writing and spoken language
- listen to and understand spoken language and use spoken Standard English effectively.
HOW THE COURSE IS ASSESSED
100% terminal assessment
GCSE English Language
2 Examinations ‘Exploring in Creative Reading/Writing’
– 50% and ‘Writer’s Viewpoints and perspectives – 50%
GCSE English Literature
2 Examinations ‘Shakespeare and the 19th Century novel’
– 40% and ‘Modern Texts and Poetry – 60%