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Maximising Performance in A Level English Literature

Identifying the examiners ‘wish list’ and how to achieve it

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Suitable for: This course is designed for all teachers of A level English literature and/or recently qualified teachers who wish to develop imaginative and effective approaches to teaching the novel and other set texts.

Phases suitable for:

  • Secondary
  • Further Education

Course Reference: 8233WW

For those who are new to teaching English literature at A level, or for those who simply wish to refresh their approach, this course explores ideas for maintaining your students’ enthusiasm for the subject whilst pursuing the relentless drive towards results. Delegates will discuss how to keep English literature engaging, interesting and relevant at key stage 5, as well as examining ways of ensuring that students maximise their potential.

  • Help students engage with synoptic and evaluative techniques required at this level
  • Develop effective schemes of work for teaching novels, plays and poetry
  • Know how to encourage pupils to make connections and comparisons between texts
  • Create teaching and learning activities which engage and stimulate students


Effective strategies for teaching the novel
  • Exploring narrative and the author’s relationship with the reader
  • Critical analysis and developing opinions - the ‘isms'
  • Encouraging independent learning
Active approaches to drama texts
  • Helping students analyse structure, form and language with reference to Shakespeare
  • Practical techniques to explore ‘from page to stage’
  • How to make good use of critics and explore connections and comparisons between texts
Assessment objectives and the expectations of examiners
  • Essay technique to hit the higher grades
  • Connections and comparisons between different literary texts
  • Using wider reading and quotations effectively
Approaches to critical interpretation
  • Significance and influence of the context
  • Comparing various critical readings of a text
  • Helping students to make ‘confident opinions and judgments’
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