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How to Revise for English
ENGLISH AND ENGLISH LANGUAGE GCSES
Our Focus
To understand the skills that the Unit 1 exam is
assessing
To have a range of revision strategies to help prepare
students for the exam
This session is about the English or English
Language exam, not Literature.
GCSE Changes
Speaking and Listening no longer contributes
towards final grade.
Controlled assessment folder = 40%
Unit 1 Summer exam = 60%
English language – CA folder complete
English – CA has one more task
Unit 1 Exam
Same for English and English Language GCSEs.
Two tiers: Foundation and Higher
Foundation (C-G grades)
Higher (A*-D grades)
Importance of mock exams
Unit 1 Exam
Unit 1: Understanding and Producing Written Texts
2 hours 15 mins (15 mins reading time)
2 Sections: Reading and Writing
Focus on non-fiction texts
Section A: Reading
A variety of questions on a number of unseen nonfiction texts (newspaper articles, autobiographies,
advertisements, internet documents...)
At higher tier – 4 questions on 3 texts
At foundation tier – 5 shorter questions on 3 shorter
texts.
The Skills
To retrieve important information
To support ideas through references and quotations
To interpret and read between the lines
Each question assesses a different skill and so it
becomes a question of demonstrating those skills in
the right place.
Questions: Higher
1) What do you learn about... from Source 1? (8
marks)
2) Comment on how the headline and the picture in
Source 2 are used for effect and how they link to
the text. (8 marks)
3) What thoughts and feelings does ... demonstrate in
Source 3? (8 marks)
4) Compare the ways in which language is used for
effect in Source 3 and Source 1 or 2. (16 marks)
Revision
Practise! Practise! Practise!
www.aqa.org.uk
www.bbc.co.uk/news
Timed responses
Flash cards with skills needed in each question
Quick 5 minute plans for question 4
Create a revision guides
Create a scrap book of non-fiction texts
Practise looking for hidden meaning in pictures and texts
Practise summarising information for other people
Mark other students’ work – work with others to produce
answers
Section B: Writing
Two tasks:
1) Writing to inform, explain or describe (16 marks)
Blogs, informative articles, letters, short stories,
reviews, interviews...
1) Writing to argue or persuade (24 marks)
Speeches, articles, letters, reviews...
The Skills
Writing to suit purpose and audience
Writing to suit genre
Appropriate and well chosen vocabulary
Accurate paragraphing
Varied sentence structure
Accurate spelling
Accurate punctuation
Revision
Practise! Practise! Practise!
Spelling tests/competitions
Punctuation tests
Mnemonics for different purposes (e.g. AFOREST for
persuade and argue)
Reproducing the same text into different styles
Synonym flash cards
5 minute plans
Proof reading exercises
Maintaining formal expression
Practise constructing arguments and giving a variety of
reasons
Paragraphing exercises
Guides/key rules to producing articles, letters, blogs...
Useful Websites
www.englishbiz.co.uk
www.s-cool.co.uk/gcse
www.geoffbarton.co.uk/student-resources.php
www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize
http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/words/oxforddictionaries-spelling-challenge
www.grammar-monster.com
Revision guides
What you can do to help...
Force them to practise – they hate it because it’s so
repetitive!
Push for complex answers – don’t settle for vague or
generic explanations: �to make it stand out’ or �for
effect’.
Don’t over-focus on spelling – yes it’s important, but
vocabulary and style are more so.
Any Questions?
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