I take it you didn't do well, eh.
English is a pointless subject at G.C.S.E watch
- 11-02-2010 02:05
- 11-02-2010 02:13
I wonder what the OP got / has got / has been predicted ?
- 11-02-2010 02:29
Well, considering that I didn't read any of the books we had to do for GCSE English and always did my physics homework in English classes and still got an A, I'd have to agree with the OP. GCSE English really doesn't help your spelling and grammar and general communication skills that much. They should introduce some kind of exam which tested actual language skills and then have an optional English Literature exam for people who wanted to study literature in depth. I know they do have these as separate exams nowadays but English Language is still full of literature. I remember when we were forced to read Pride and Prejudice (although, as i say, it was something that i managed to avoid) and the discussions which followed were so incredibly tedious.
I remember when i was in year 9 and we were given English grammar lessons. They were half an hour each week and covered all your basics like nouns, adjectives etc. and then went onto things such as formal letter writing and writing styles in different types of publication. Those lessons were brilliant and i learnt so much about English from them. Far far more than from GCSE English. And we only had half an hour of grammar a week compared to 5 hrs of English GCSE a week. That's what English should be like!
(Original post by pamelaa)
- 11-02-2010 12:55
I think it's ridiculous that English people only have to study English up to gcse, here in Scotland most people study it until they're 17.