Caliope Tutoring (English and Handwriting Specialist) Help With ‘A’ Level English
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The step up from GCSE to A Level English The difference in intensity between GCSE and ‘A’ level English Literature/Language presents students with a very real challenge. This will not present a problem. I have taught a wide variety of texts across the genres of: Prose Poetry Drama and what has not been read before will be read by tomorrow (or at least next week!) Students may be entered for a range of syllabii from differing Examination Boards. Examinations are now only at the end of the course. If students need help during their course, I like to work alongside their English teachers in schools. My last students gained Grade As with this approach . I am also happy to help students who are re-taking exams to improve grades.  My last such students improved from:  Grade U to Grade B Grade D to Grade B Grade C to Grade A*
(See ‘Kind Words’ page) The Approach Studying English is about developing a life-long pleasure in the use of language.  However, there is: An exam to pass High grades to be gained so I would work with any student to further Develop their strengths Remedy any weaknesses Literature Studies: Identifying the Problem of AOs: The most significant elements in teaching ‘A ‘level are the Assessment Objectives (AOs). These are tight and prescriptive. They deal with how well students know the text and: Know the historical, political, cultural and social context in which it was written Can frame a response to a question Can use the language of textual analysis eg critical terminology Are able to develop their own voice Are able to refer to the opinions of others
Language Studies: Identifying the Problem of AOs: A’ Level English Language has a very different focus than Literature. I have achieved similar success in teaching both.  This exam concentrates on: The wide variety of the use of Language in both the spoken and written word The Assessment Objectives (AOs) here deal with the need to show understanding of: Various linguistic methods How these are applied to different forms of communication Good expertise in their own writing  How their writing has been modelled on or informed by other texts and an ability to: Critically analyse how meaning is constructed in language Recognise how historical, political, cultural and social context affects the reception of the spoken and written word Experiment in different genres These all sound daunting, but are quite easy to unpick once we get going!