I'm a 30 year old who's found himself having to study the Edexcel English Language and Literature A level for career progression (and general personal fulfilment). Now I'm a little past it and can't say that I took A levels particularly seriously first time around, but I really want to (need to) do well in this one.
I'm trying to get it done in one year (as I need it to get on a teacher training position) and have already read the texts (Wuthering Heights, The Bloody Chamber, The Importance on Being Ernest (and seen a production), All My Sons) and have recently finished going through base analysis of the anthology - Voices in Speech and Writing an Anthology. I'm also fairly well read (Burroughs, Dostoevsky, Camus, Satre -to name a few favourites) and educated to degree level. But... I lack other people's input into any aspect of my course, as I'm sadly doing it alone.
What I want to know is if any of you out there with fresh young brains would be prepared to discuss any of the elements of this course with a tired old git like myself. I work in education so have a strong belief in the youth of today leading us into tomorrow and am in need of a bit of leading myself.
If there's anyone that would like to help I'm currently trying to put together a general watch list for the texts in the anthology. I'm talking language use/purpose/specialised vocab(Logos, pathos, ethos type stuff)/reader engagement etc... Generally, what should I be looking for when analysing text and what do I need to do to write an A* answer?
I would be very grateful for any response to this and it would further cement my belief that the younger generations are generous and commendable people.
Help the aged!
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