GCSE English Language

Ashbourne’s English students discover how language can shape our everyday lives. Through lively classroom discussions and by examining contemporary forms of text and spoken word our students learn how to analyse and interpret the constant flow of information around them. They are encouraged to embrace their creativity through writing and explore how to express their ideas fluently and effectively by our passionate, expert teachers.

Why study English Language?

Studying GCSE English Language teaches students how to become ‘language detectives’, looking beyond the obvious, reading between the lines and making inferences. Students learn the tools to theorise and support arguments with evidence, as well as to draw connections to broader ideas. Exploring language will help shape students into critical thinkers who are perceptive and empathetic as well as build their confidence and skills as communicators.

Which syllabus do we follow?

Ashbourne follows the Edexcel specification for GCSE English Language.

What is covered in this course?

This course comprises two externally examined components – Fiction and imaginative writing and Non-fiction and transactional writing – and an internally assessed endorsement for Spoken language.

Fiction and imaginative writingNon-fiction and transactional writingSpoken language
Students explore a range of prose fiction and learn skills to analyse and evaluate the language. The styles and techniques they learn can then be applied and developed in their own creative writing. Students are encouraged to apply their language analysis skills to compliment their GCSE English Literature course.
Students are given a range of 20th and 21st-century non-fiction texts covering different styles including literary non-fiction, articles, reviews, speeches, journals and reference, for example. They are required to analyse, evaluate and compare these texts. They will also develop their own writing skills for a selection of different formats and audiences, correctly using spelling, punctuation and grammar.
Here students get the chance to demonstrate their oral skills to engage, persuade and respond effectively. They will learn how to put forward their ideas fluently and effectively in the form of a presentation, e.g. a talk with questions and answers or a debate or interview-type dialogue, bearing in mind the prospective audience. The final internally assessed presentation will be with the teacher.

Who teaches this course?

Lauren Vanderhurst

MA English: Issues in Modern Culture (University College London); BA (Hons) English Literature (University of California); PGCE (Institute of Education, UCL)

Lauren’s love and enthusiasm for English inspires her students to find their own passion and embrace all that the subject has to offer. She is one of Ashbourne’s most encouraging and effective teachers who has played a full and active role in the college’s academic and cultural life since joining in 2014.
 

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