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Howards End revisited

6 September 2018

I have just re-read E.M. Forster’s Howards End. I first read it at university, as part of the Cambridge LitCrit production line of 2/3 novels... more

The wit of Bojo

12 July 2018

I find Boris Johnson fascinating ... well, make that ‘appallingly fascinating’, to be more precise. As an example of great intelligence... more

Life & Works

20 June 2018

What can we learn about works of literature by studying the author’s life? This issue has been raised for me by a discussion of a student’s... more

Subscriber comments

  • 17 Oct Rania Youssef
    Text types, sorted for use
    Thanks a million David for your reply. And waiting for the new page. I gave the student a task that requires them to write a blog post/article where they need to agree or disagree with the motion (Poverty can be eradicated) Would this still...
  • 17 Oct Kris Campbell
    Sample recording 2
    Hi David, I'm in China and the sound recordings (Amazon Cloud front) for the oral are blocked. Is there any other way I can get access to them? Thanks
  • 16 Oct David Ripley
    Text types, sorted for use
    I hear, Rania, that 'Journal Entry' is almost certainly going to be used in future exams, so it is right to understand what is involved. I will develop this under the page 'Text Type Conventions' soon. In the meantime, consider these potted...
  • 16 Oct David Ripley
    The Individual Oral
    No, Kris, there are no specific requirements for how the caption should be phrased. However, it is clear that the caption should stimulate the student, and questions automatically stimulate some kind of response ... but of course you can stimulate...
  • 16 Oct Rania Youssef
    Text types, sorted for use
    Hi David, In the Speciman Paper there is the text type "Journal Entry". I am actually so confused about the differences between "Journal entry", "Blog Post", and "Article", especially, there are minute differences nowadays between online articles...
  • 16 Oct Kris Campbell
    The Individual Oral
    Hi, I thought the caption or title accompanying the photo should be in the form of a question. Is that correct?
  • 15 Oct Egle Karmonaite
    NEW Grade boundary chart
    Got it now! Thank you again!
  • 14 Oct David Ripley
    Text types, explored
    Excellent, Vicki - your emphasis on 'command terms' is absolutely correct. These command terms in fact sum up what one has to DO in each task ('describe' / 'explain' / 'argue' etc), and the choice of text type is of course a consequence of...
  • 14 Oct Vicki Fraser
    Text types, explored
    Yes - I think so..! It will be important that the students look closely at the key words - command terms - for each question to decide on the appropriate choice of text type, and one that they can handle effectively. Thank you for your quick...
  • 14 Oct David Ripley
    Text types, explored
    Well, Vicki, I believe that the idea of giving a choice of text types was not to allow students to "feel comfortable" about showing their productive skills ... or at least, not primarily. To explain: > the major purpose of having three options...
  • 14 Oct Vicki Fraser
    Text types, explored
    Hello. I have read the comments above and am also interested in confirming the new Paper 1 marking criteria, and the new choice of 3 text types given. At first I felt secure in the knowledge from the Lang B guide that the idea was the students...
    Extended Essay 2018
    Ok, David I clearly understand your point. Thanks