October 2018 Teaching A level English Literature Update | Pearson qualifications

Autumn 2018 Teaching A level English Literature Update

5 October 2018

This update provides A level English Literature teachers with updates for the autumn term.

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Possible addition of 15 minutes to the exam duration for 9ET0 02

We’ve been consulting with you on this change. We will feedback on the outcome before Christmas.

Resit rules

If you have students asking about resit arrangements, including carrying forward coursework marks, please see the resit guidance.

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Ordering more free Shakespeare critical anthologies

View the step-by-step guide

Autumn and spring training

Autumn networks: 25th September - 18th October

We'll be giving feedback on the 2018 exam series as well as exploring approaches to integrating our new 'Poet to Poet' podcast series into your teaching.

Teaching prose, 15 November, London.

Responding to unseen and contemporary poetry, 3 December, London.

Exploring the teaching of ‘Different Interpretations’ for Component 1:Shakespeare, 11 March 2019, London.

Coursework marking training, January and February 2019, multiple locations & online.

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Pearson English Conference 2019

We hope you can join us on 25-26 January 2019 for our conference. We will delve into the importance of creativity in the classroom, and look at ways in which you can incorporate it into your everyday teaching of English Language and Literature.

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Coursework texts, titles and set up

If you’re currently setting up coursework texts and titles with your students, do look at the key guidance. This includes a recording of my coursework clinic which talks you through the whole set up process and provides resources for checking titles.

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Pre-1900 form

Please remember to ensure that you complete the pre-1900 form, confirming that your students are studying 3 pre-1900 texts by the end of October.

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Summer network pack available

Do have a look at the summer 2018 network pack. The event focused on teaching prose and particularly on contexts. Student scripts (see slide 11) demonstrated the rigour an understanding of genre and literary context can lend a response.

Facebook page

Over the summer, the wider English team set up a Facebook page so they can keep you up to date more regularly with news around our qualifications, new support documents and details of upcoming training events.

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Question summaries

In case you’ve not seen them, you can consult these summaries of all the questions set on A level English Literature 9ET0. I update them after each series to give you a sense of how questions are set.

I hope the rest of the term runs smoothly and wish you a good break at half term in due course.

Best wishes


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