Cracking creative writing, text comparison and pre-20th century reading in GCSE English

Course Information

This half day course is about aspects of the English Language GCSE which are common to all exam boards, focusing in particular on the following sections (which often prove challenging for a number of students, including EAL/ bilingual learners): advanced reading skills, particularly for unseen pre-20th century texts; the creative writing task; and comparing texts.

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This course is for

  • English teachers, heads of department or second-in-charge of departments
  • EAL teachers who work with or support GCSE English Language

What you will gain by attending the course

  • You will be familiar with a range of strategies for making unfamiliar, complex texts easier to access
  • You will consider new ways to approach the creative writing task
  • You will be able to combine advanced reading and writing skills to enhance students’ creative writing abilities
  • You will have additional strategies for comparative writing

The course

  • Uses exam boards’ published materials
  • Draws on new materials developed in secondary schools and tertiary settings
  • Pays particular attention to the needs of advanced EAL/bilingual students

Course leader and co-writer

Ann Elisabeth Jones has extensive experience of consultancy in advanced academic literacy, including GCSE English Language and the iGCSE English Language, in a range of settings. This includes secondary schools and sixth forms. She has worked as a senior Ethnic Minority Achievement consultant in Islington and Croydon, and was Head of Department of EAL in Croydon. She is currently a literacy consultant/coach at an outstanding school and a Pupil Referral Unit.

This course was developed with Grainne McNeill, English teacher at Morpeth School in Tower Hamlets.

Course Details

Date: TBC (submit booking form to be added to waiting list)

Time: 9.30 - 12.30

Price: £120 + VAT

Location: Laycock Professional Development Centre, London, N1 1TH (a 1 min walk from Highbury & Islington tube station)

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