Improving Grades 4-5 in AQA GCSE English Literature
ABOUT THIS COURSE
This NEW AQA English Literature course focuses keenly on the students who are aiming to improve their grade from 4 to 5 in GCSE English Literature. The course will provide teachers with the skills they require to successfully boost students’ answers in the questions on Shakespeare, the 19th-century novel, Modern texts, Poetry and Unseen poetry. The day is fully interactive, with a range of activities, tasks and challenges for throughout the day. Teachers will examine papers and responses to help them maximise the full potential of their students in the summer exams.
BENEFITS OF ATTENDING
Utilise techniques to quickly identify underperformance and implement effective support strategies for success in the 2023 GCSE AQA English Literature Exams
Increased understanding of how to motivate underachieving AQA English Literature learners and improve exam performance
How to teach challenging topics and themes
Develop effective teaching and learning techniques to help lower ability learners to retain knowledge and better understand language features
Gain first-hand guidance, advice and examples for maximising your grade 4-5 students in AQA GCSE English Literature.
Transforming students’ answers: Focusing on the writer not the characters or plot
10.00 – 10.30am
Analysing questions – what does ‘How does..’ mean?
Know your texts – key characters and themes
Talking about language and meaning
What is the right way to talk about context?
Writing about the writer’s skills/methods not just the text
Building students’ skills so that they can approach every question with confidence
10.30 – 10.45am
Paper 1: Analysis not description in Shakespeare
10.45 – 11.30pm
Investigating past papers – what are the focus areas – themes/characters?
Analysing: Going beyond just reading the extract
Establishing why a theme/character important- scaffolding techniques to ensure students can tackle the question
Linking to relevant contexts, and having a valid, relevant, logical opinion
Selecting and exploring language in the 19th Century Novel
11.30 – 12.15pm
Analysing the extract carefully and identifying key quotations
Linking key quotes to produce a more persuasive answer
Using quotations effectively to get a grade 5 answer
Investigating language used in a past paper question
How much quotation should be used?
How much focus should there be on the wider novel?
Looking at a grade 5 answer and sharing good work
Analysing Key events in Paper 2 Modern Texts
12.15 – 1.00pm
Investigating past papers: what are the focus areas – themes/characters?
Analysing the extract carefully and deciding why the author might focus on a theme/character?
Quotation versus key moments/events in the text
How much should students write?
Having a view and supplying the evidence – a look at a level 5 answer
1.00 – 2.00pm
Developing comparative skills for Paper 2 Poetry Anthology
2.00 – 2.30pm
Tips and techniques for comparing and contrasting
Knowing the poems – how well do students need to know them?
Making comparisons – similarities and differences
Comparing poetic techniques and meanings
Planning an answer
Using planning grids to matching authors’ techniques/meanings in poems
2.30 – 2.45pm
Paper 2: Unseen Poetry – giving students the skills to unlock an unseen text
2.45 – 3.15pm
Reading and understanding the poem/s
Planning your answer using grids
How much to write. How many quotations to use
Developing students’ skills to explore
Sharing key ideas from Lead Examiner reports
Final Top Tips from the Experts
3.15pm – 3.45pm
Top Ten Examiner Tips for success in English Literature
Key points: how to improve students final grade
What you can do after today to boost students exam chances
Liz Calcott is an experienced senior examiner, moderator, advocate and trainer for AQA English at GCSE and A Level. This became an even more significant role in January 2016 and she now also creates and delivers CPD courses in English Language and English Literature for teachers. She also has significant teaching experience in a range of schools in English at both GCSE and A level.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
Heads of English
Those with responsibilities for leading in English
All teachers of AQA GCSE English Language
Teachers of GCSE English
THIS COURSE INCLUDES
A specially prepared folder of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course