This area of the site is devoted to the compilation of a range of generic teaching and learning resources.

There is obviously an inexhaustible list of ideas, suggested classroom practices and (frequently downloadable) materials that could be included, and so we expect this section to grow considerably .  Please make suggestions about things you would like to see in the comments section at the bottom.

Perhaps the most significant 'growth area' will be in the range of resources we make for the teaching of individual texts, and to begin with we will of course try to prioritise the more common choices.  However, if you are short of ideas for particular works then please let us know and we will do our best to make suggestions and find or create suitable support materials for you.

In addition, in the pages linked below, you will see suggestions for tackling more generic skills that underpin the course, including the all-important need for quality essay writing.  This is all too often a rather thorny area, in relation to which teachers can sometimes voice different points of view. Undoubtedly, we are always in a space between providing concrete help, direction and sometimes useful scaffolding for our students  - whilst (hopefully) refraining from prescribing the ways in which essays should be written.  (The notion, for instance, that all essays should have five paragraphs is sometimes said - and is surely an idea that should be resisted.)  The more control over the structure and the direction of the essay a student can exert, then the more likely it is that they will demonstrate independent ownership as well as exhibit all important higher-order thinking skills.  

Finally, we have begun to create pages that relate to other relevant fields, including formative assessment and assessment for learning, revising literary works and ways in which you can adopt particular teaching and learning strategies in your classrooms - including, in the first instance, the value of role play and drama more generally.  

More to follow... !

Selected Pages


Structuring essays 12 May 2017

Organising ideas in essays and then presenting them in a meaningful, developed manner is one of the most challenging technical...


Writing good paragraphs 2 May 2017

Writing good paragraphs is inevitably an essential element of all good essays, and one that you will spend a good deal of...


Text resources 2 May 2017

It goes without saying that this list could be very long indeed, and so will evolve over time. You will be able to find...

The first few lessons 6 September 2019

The first time you meet any class is an exciting (and sometimes slightly daunting!) experience but of course a very important...

Conclusions: Paper 2 20 November 2018

There are various ways in which you can conclude your Paper 2 essay. Making sure that you avoid the pitfalls mentioned...

Mini-texts to go 14 October 2018

While most of us have access to past paper 1 examinations, it is good to have a bank of other extracts that can be used...

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