Here is a summary of all the support available for the new Edexcel English GCSE qualifications.
As more resources and events become available I will make further posts promoting them. Please also see www.english10.co.uk
Do get in touch if you have any queries.
With best wishes
English Subject Advisor
We are teaching the new GCSE English syllabus. When the students answer the question about themes in other parts of the novel (Unit 2, texts from other cultures) are they supposed to refer directly back to the passage that they have been analysing the language in before? I have read the marking criteria, but still find myself a little unsure about what is expected from them.
We are also teaching the new GCSE Lang and Lit syllabus. Our students will be studying Of Mice and Men for both Language and Literature. We are quite clear about the nature of the exam questions, but a little confused about taking texts in. Can the students take texts into both exams?
Thank you for your post.
Regarding your GCSE English Unit 2 query, there is no requirement for students to mention the passage presented for the a) and b) questions. Examiners will be focusing solely on the candidate's response to the treatment of theme in the other part of the novel which the candidate has chosen.
GCSE English Language Unit 2 and GCSE English Literature Units 1 and 2 are all open book exams, so yes your students can take in clean copies of the texts. GCSE English Unit 2, however, is closed book.
RE: Unit Three English Language
I haven't yet received the CD of Spoken Language Examples- who do I need to contact about this? We have received the standardisation DVD! Also, if in the controlled assessment the students are discussing clips from YouTube, how do we cite this? Do we give the URL?
Thanks in advance,
Thanks for your post.
The CD-ROM of spoken language audio clips and transcripts is being finalised at the moment with a view to it being sent into centres in the next couple of weeks. However, you can find the clips and transcripts on our website now on the following link under 'Spoken Language Resources':
Regarding citing YouTube with URLs, yes this would be helpful.
That's fantastic Lionel- Thank you!