The changes to the new GCSEs are unparalleled in that a general school examination is being reformed simultaneously in all its aspects: specifications, content, demand, assessment process, grading and school accountability. In the new English Language GCSE teachers have been working rapidly to help all of our students grapple with the new demands; particularly comparing two complex non fiction texts (one written in the 19th Century) Daniel Willingham states: .It’s impossible to have higher order thinking without strongly established skills and lots of knowledge of facts’
The aim of Paper 2 is to develop students’ insights into how writers have particular viewpoints and perspectives on issues or themes that are important to the way we think and live our lives. It will encourage students to demonstrate their skills by:
- in section A, reading two linked sources from different time periods and genres in order to consider how each presents a perspective or viewpoint to influence the reader
- in section B, producing a written text to a specified audience, purpose and form in which they give their own perspective on the theme that has been introduced to them in section A
Our students now need a shift in English teaching practice in order to ensure that students have more focused cultural knowledge of any text; and a greater
awareness and understanding of Tier 2 vocabulary so that they will understand the essential meaning . Our course "Developing exam expertise for AQA
GCSE English Language Paper 2", therefore supports reading for comprehension and inference alongside targeting the context of the nineteenth century
world. This course will enable teachers to develop and share a range of practical strategies to empower their students in taking this area of the exam.
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