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PLEASE HELP! Advice needed re English Literature GCSE.

Discussion in 'English' started by christinaharris, Sep 20, 2015.

  1. I teach in a school for students with challenging behaviours.

    I am currently coordinating English GCSE but that is not my subject specialism. It is extremely hard to keep the students engaged for long periods of time and many are not keen on writing for extended periods.

    I have been advised to follow Cambridge IGCSE for English Literature, using 'An Inspector Calls' and 'The Merchant of Venice.' Both the Shakespeare and poetry look fairly daunting to me, let alone the students I am working with!

    Which is the most appropriate English Literature GCSE for this type of student, given that we now have less than a year to cover the syllabus?

    Any advice will be gratefully received.

  2. gingerella

    gingerella New commenter

    I would consider the AQA IGCSE (certificate). They could study Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night time for their set novel and there is also the unseen poetry question. They could do coursework rather than the Shakespeare paper and it does not have to be pre 19th century. For example you could compare Lord of the Flies with DNA or Pigeon English. As it is coursework they can do it in short bursts and you can mark and return.

    We have used it and it is a very enjoyable course.

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