English

Our Aims

My aim is to bring some joy to the ‘must have’ subject of English. To foster confidence and pride in your written work; to open up the world of words and books and possibly introduce you to what will become some new favourites.

English GCSE Language is a vital qualification and a prerequisite for almost anything you want to do next. Understanding and writing well should be fun, empowering and form the building block of your educational progress. These are the aims of my English lessons online, both in English Language and English Literature. Whether or not you want to take your English studies to the highest level, you will use the skills taught in the English GCSE forever.

Online English lessons

English lessons online are via direct teaching, with ample learning materials to support you. Achieved by developing your reading and writing skills. So that you can communicate effectively and express your ideas and thoughts well while gaining an English GCSE. This could be through learning about the use of words in different contexts as in English GCSE Language, or by engaging with the power and influence of words and writing through a range of classic and modern texts studied in English GCSE Literature. Including one Shakespeare play, poetry and one modern classic. All the texts are highly accessible. Although you might have some trepidation studying Shakespeare over the years I have found that my students come to love his plays.  Most importantly, the courses should foster a life-long love of reading and engagement with the written word.

English A level

English Literature A level is a wonderful way to immerse yourself in your love of reading and thinking. You will become familiar with the main genres of plays, novels and poetry across the ages. Develop your awareness of how character, plot and themes develop in their contexts, and how tradition and critical thinking shape the way we understand our world today. So as well as a close study of the texts we will look at a great tradition of developing and interlinked ideas over time.

When we study English we have the great privilege to be part of an ongoing conversation that has been unbroken since well before Chaucer. It is part of a stream of ideas about how we live, think, and cope with strife, love and heartbreak.  We will also use modern critical approaches to open up texts to new readings.

Eco-criticism, is just one example, and it is an eye opening way of looking at texts and the physical environment bringing an earth-centred approach to our studies. Thus we might ask about the role of the setting, or the values, or the metaphors within the texts and ask how they reflect the ecological wisdom of that time and how we view those now.

We will look at the context of creation and the reception of works over time. We can examine which values have changed and what might stay consistent and universal over time.  

English Literature will enable you to develop the valued transferable skills of analysis, interpretation, planning and research. Eventually giving you the ability to think independently and see patterns across texts over time.

The possibilities are endless

English Literature A level is a strong core subject on university applications for:

  • humanities,
  • business,
  • law,
  • journalism,
  • media,
  • politics,
  • philosophy,
  • comparative religion,
  • History.

Many universities want to see that you have built up your essay writing and research skills and that you can express yourself logically and clearly.

Alternatively, you may develop your own creative responses through our online creative writing classes. You might choose this as an add-on to your English Language classes, or to develop you own ideas and expression. We will look at different genres of writing and some of the key ideas behind how stories work and why we tell them. We will look at some of the oldest stories and myths and explore how these can inspire or combined with our imaginations. Each week there will be some preparatory work done before lessons, and some collaborative work during classes. The group will not be judgemental, as this is about fostering personal expression, creative and re-creative tasks and growth.

If you would like to know more about the course please contact Jenny through the email below.

Let’s gets started, shall we?

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