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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

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  • 13 Dec David Ripley
    Extended Essay 2018
    OK ... yes, memory/loss of memory is certainly a central theme of the novel, both on the literal level and on the symbolic / metaphorical. Complex, though - I'm not sure that I myself grasped completely what was going on. I imagine she is a...
  • 13 Dec Özlem İLGÜN KAYA
    Extended Essay 2018
    She is planning to work on the theme of memory/loss of memory. She has just started reading the book.
  • 13 Dec David Ripley
    Extended Essay 2018
    Well, Ozlem - to the best of my knowledge: Ishiguro has lived in Britain almost all of his life, he writes exclusively in English, and is certainly considered one of the contemporary masters of the novel in English (even rumoured for the Nobel...
  • 13 Dec Özlem İLGÜN KAYA
    Extended Essay 2018
    Hi David, An EE student wants to use The Burried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro for her essay. I was wondering if the book and the author would be suitable as I am not sure if Ishiguro is British or not.
  • 12 Dec Catherine Gallagher
    EE checklists
    Thank you! I told her the same, but I wanted to make sure that I was giving her the correct information .
  • 11 Dec biba kodek
    New CUP Course Book
    Thank you, we will order it.
  • 11 Dec Noemi Tello
    Text types, explored
    Hi! As I read the new guide and saw the long list of texts suggested, I decided to take basically the same ones as we had it previously. I assume that the main thing is that we tackle all three text types: personal, professional and mass media....
  • 11 Dec Noemi Tello
    NEW Grade boundary chart
    Thank you David! I had made a chart for my own, and I am pleased that most of it was just as the one you created. I´m curious how everything will develop with the students...
  • 11 Dec David Ripley
    New CUP Course Book
    I contacted Brad Philpot, Biba, and he has provided me with a link to the recently published expanded Teachers Resource site - which I have added to the page above.
  • 11 Dec Carolyn Heard
    The Migrant's Tale
    Thanks, very helpful, David!
  • 11 Dec David Ripley
    EE checklists
    This sounds more like Cat.2B than anything, Catherine, if she is mainly interested in the impact of a historical event (WW2) on social values in US society. It would seem that 'Catcher in the Rye' would be used more as illustration than as...
  • 11 Dec Catherine Gallagher
    EE checklists
    Hi David. I have a student who wants to write about how WWII impacted Salinger's themes of loss of innocence and rebellion in The Catcher in the Rye and what this showed about a post wold US society. She is interested in the cultural impact...