Year 11 English Language & Literature (2015-2017)
Head of Department: Mrs A M Gorman – email@example.com
Teacher of English: Mrs S Allman
Teacher of English: Mrs E E Beaty
Teacher of English: Mrs D L M Everall
Teacher of English: Miss K S Harpin
Teacher of EAL: Miss L Nicholsonova
Current Year 11 students will be taking two GCSEs in 2017 but they are taught side-by-side. Below is an outline of your course and what you can expect in the way of exams and coursework.
Course/Exam board: Edexcel International GCSE English 4EOA
Route two — 70% written examination paper and 30% internally assessed coursework (Paper 1, Paper 3 and Paper 4).
Reading – questions to test understanding of an unprepared reading passage and a passage from Section A of the Edexcel Anthology for International GCSE and Certificate Qualifications in English Language and Literature.
Writing – a short task based on the topic of the Section A reading passage, and a task to test writing to inform, explain and describe.
The assessment of this unit is through a two-hour- and-15-minute examination paper (including reading time), set and marked by Edexcel. Single tier of entry. Three sections on the paper — Section A, Section B and Section C. The total number of marks available is 60.
Paper 3 Coursework Portfolio
Students have to complete two assignments — one on reading and one on writing.
Reading – a piece of writing responding to Section B of the Edexcel Anthology for International GCSE and Certificate Qualifications in English Language and Literature.
Writing – a piece of personal and imaginative writing to explore, imagine, entertain and writing to argue, persuade or advise.
The assessment of this unit is through two coursework assignments
The total number of marks available is 80 (40 marks for each assignment).
Paper 4 Speaking and Listening
Students have to complete three assignments — one an individual talk, one pair work and one group work. The total number of marks available is 120 (40 marks for each assignment).
Course/Exam board: Edexcel International GCSE English Literature 4EOA
Route two — 60% written examination paper and 40% internally assessed coursework (Paper 1 and Paper 3).
Paper 1: Drama and Prose
The assessment of this paper is through a one-hour-and-45-minute examination, set and marked by Edexcel.
Single tier of entry.
The paper is divided into two sections: Drama and Prose. Students must answer one question from each section. Questions are equally weighted.
- There is a choice of two questions for each text in both sections.
- This is a closed-book examination. Texts may not be taken into the examination.
- The total number of marks available is 60.
Set teachers will choose texts from the following list:
Section A: Drama
Students must answer one question on one of the seven texts listed below:
Arthur Miller: A View from the Bridge
J B Priestley: An Inspector Calls
William Shakespeare: Henry V
William Shakespeare: Much Ado about Nothing
William Shakespeare: Romeo and Juliet
Oscar Wilde: The Importance of Being Earnest
Thornton Wilder: Our Town
Section B: Prose
Students must answer one question on one of the six texts listed below:
Jane Austen: Pride and Prejudice
Harper Lee: To Kill A Mockingbird
R K Narayan: The English Teacher
John Steinbeck: Of Mice and Men
Mildred Taylor: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
Nineteenth Century Short Stories (edited by Mike Hamlin, Christine Hall and Jan Browne, Heinemann New Windmill).
Paper 3: Poetry Coursework
The assessment of this paper is through one coursework assignment, internally set and assessed and externally moderated by Edexcel.
The total number of marks available is 30.
This paper must be based on the study of Section C of the anthology. Students will be required to submit one assignment of work based on these poems.
Students should study all the poems in the anthology. Coursework assignments should be based on a selection of at least three poems in depth from Section C of the anthology. The poems may be specified by the teacher, or chosen by the student. The assignment must also make reference to at least three further poems — these may be drawn from outside Section C of the anthology.
The assignment must enable students to respond critically and sensitively to a range of poems, and to show understanding of how meanings and ideas are conveyed through language, structure and form.
The assignment should allow students to make connections and comparisons between poems, referring to details to support their views.
There is no prescribed word length for the coursework paper. Typically the assignment may be between 1,000 and 1,500 words, but there are no penalties for exceeding this guidance.
Each piece of coursework should contain the student’s name, the date on which the work was completed.
Coursework pieces may be handwritten or word-processed.
Teachers can advise students about the production of coursework, but should not proof read early drafts or correct every technical error. Teachers may suggest improvements to the content of the coursework, but it is the student’s responsibility to make any corrections. There is no limit to the number of coursework pieces a student may produce from which to select the best piece for final assessment, nor to the number of drafts a student may produce.
Creative writing task practice
|Prose exam text
One from Section B (above)
Creative writing task practice
|Complete prose text for mock