Guided Choices 2017 - Year 8 - page 11

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From September 2015, all pupils will study English Language and English
Literature. We will be following the AQA syllabus for both these courses. The
course the pupils achieve most highly in - either Language OR Literature - will be
double weighted, meaning that it will count twice in the pupils’ progress
measures. Both courses are 100% examination.
GCSE English Language
Overview
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Paper 1: Explorations in creative reading and writing
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Paper 2: Writer’s viewpoints and perspectives
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Spoken Language
In preparation for Paper 1, pupils engage with, and analyse, a range of literature
texts to consider how writers use narrative and descriptive techniques. They also
write their own creative texts inspired by their study of literature. For Paper 2, pu-
pils study non-fiction texts and develop insights into the ways writers express
viewpoints and perspectives on themes and issues that are important to the way
we live our lives. They also write their own texts in which they give their own per-
spectives on relevant themes and issues.
In addition, the pupils are also regularly assessed in their use of spoken language
in a range of contexts. Every pupil will have to give a formal presentation and
question and answer session as part of the course. This is a separate endorse-
ment and does not count towards their final GCSE Language grade.
English Literature
Overview

Shakespeare and the 19
th
Century novel

Modern texts and poetry
Pupils will study one Shakespeare play and one 19
th
Century novel. In the exam
they will be required to write about an extract from the play/novel and then to write
about the play/novel as a whole. Pupils will also study one modern drama text
and a range of poetry from an anthology produced by the exam board. In the
exam, the pupils will also have to answer a question on an unseen poem.
Core curriculum - New GCSE English
Language and English Literature
Dream, Believe, Achieve
GUIDED CHOICES 2017—2020
Dream, Believe, Achieve
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