Current 2nde All Students are entered to sit the EDEXCEL English Language andEnglish Literature GCSEs in June 2012
Why ?● The EDEXCEL English GCSE focuses on reading analysis, speaking and listening skills and writing skills.● All of these skills are examined for the OIB so it is excellent preparation for the qualification we offer at the end of Terminale.● The EDEXCEL English Literature GCSE focuses on analysing poetry, prose and plays from the English Literary Heritage.● The OIB focuses on the same.
What should the students have already completed ?● Eight hours of Controlled Assessments representing 20% of the English Language GCSEs final award and 25% of the English Literature final award.● The study of a selection of poetry that will prepare them for their English Literature Unseen Poem exam.● An initial reading of To Kill A Mockingbird, a text that will be examined in both English Language and English Literature.
What if my son / daughter is new to the section this year ?● They will be completing the Controlled Assessments, that their classmates completed in 3eme, in addition to the work they will all be completing this year.● The Literature Controlled Assessments are / were on two plays : The Crucible by Arthur Miller and The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare.● The Language Controlled Assessments are / were based around a theme of Talent Television, one was an analytical task looking at non-fiction texts, the other a writing task, creating a non-fiction text.
What will the students be doing this year ?● Four more hours of Controlled Assessments in English Language (20% of the award). The first two hours will be analysing spoken language. The second two hour slot will be to write a text that is related to spoken language – a persuasive speech, for example.● Three Speaking and Listening tasks – one individual presentation, one group interaction and one drama focused activity (20% of the award).
What about exams ?● The rest of the course, in both English Literature and English Language, will be focused on preparing the students to sit exams.● There is one paper to sit for the English Language GCSE (40% of the award).● There are two papers to sit for the English Literature exam (75% of the award).
What does my son / daughter gain from getting good grades (C – A*)?● A feeling of pride in their achievements, boosting their self-esteem and confidence.● They have had the experience of sitting a rigorous exam in English – excellent preparation for the OIB.● English Universities require students to have a C grade or above at GCSE, irrespective of the course they wish to study.● American Universities look very closely at anything on applications that demonstrates extra effort on the part of the students.
Where can I find out more?● For the English Language specification, exemplar materials and past papers click this link:● http://www.edexcel.com/quals/gcse/gcse10/english/lang uage/Pages/default.aspx● For the English Literature specification, exemplar materials and past papers click this link:● http://www.edexcel.com/quals/gcse/gcse10/english/litera ture/Pages/default.aspx
● Some of the books you might see your child working from this year...