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La Môme
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I'm gearing up for my English IOC, which will be on a select passage from Austen's Pride and Prejudice. I'm planning on writing commentaries/plans for each important passage that my teacher has indicated may be included...but what else does one have to know? Manner of speaking, any advice like that? Should I record myself before the exam, etc?

And good luck to the May 08 kids.
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I've just done mine and I have a few tips:

Firstly, what you are doing it already good - keep practicing!! But I would suggest not writing the commentaries but getting a microphone and a recording system on your computer and actually saying the commentaries. Writing them is 10x easier than saying them!!

Second - Write, and memorise a decent introduction to your text. The introduction of the text should be the same no matter what extract you get. It should include things like: title, author, plot, themes, and then important events leading up to the passage, and important events after it.

Thirdly - practice planning for the commentary. Really you should know the book well enough so that whatever extract you get you shouldn't waste time annotating it. I would say 5-10mins annotation, and 10-15 mins planning and structuring how you are going to say it. THIS IS IMPORTANT - it is soooo much easier to speak when you have a decent structure!!

Just out of curiosity - do you only have one book that your commentary is on?? I thought that you had to have more, the standard level people at my school had two books, and the higher levels had more, plus poetry!

good luck with the study!
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Ah, no. We covered several books for the purpose of the oral examination, and had to choose a particular work. So there's a really wide field of passages I could get, but it's just been narrowed down in terms of the work. So I'll turn up on the day having to know my book basically back to front!

And thank you for the suggestions and the luck. It's on Wednesday, so I'm freaking out pretty well.
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