Sixth form English
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In the last eight
years I've taught in a number of sixth form colleges and colleges of
further education in Hampshire. I have done AS and A level English
Literature, English language, English language and Literature,
Media Studies and (some) Politics. I've also taken on some GCSE
classes with pupils who have to catch up.
experience as a professional poet and critic are useful, partly as
'street cred' and partly as they give me a particularly close
knowledge of how imaginative literature is 'put together'
I also have a PhD in English language/stylistics, and have written
textbooks which are used in Language and Literature courses.
are two key relations to understand in studying GCSE English
One is is
what is sometimes called the 'linguistic framework', that is the way
to describe words and meanings in a 'professional' way using clear
The second is
to be able to see how the particular type of word or sentence in a
text acts to produce a this or that kind of meaning or effect.