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KS3 & KS4 English and Media

Teaching ‘Character and Voice’or ‘Relationships’from the AQA GCSE Poetry Anthology

Course tutors: Kate Oliver & Lucy Webster Tuesday 7th June Course no: 880. £280. Fee includes a copy of Exploring Poetry for the AQA Anthology (usual price £95).

Why should you attend? The course will take a skills-based approach to the teaching of poetry, giving you a chance to consider the most productive ways to use the new AQA poetry anthology for exam or controlled assessment, as well as strategies for teaching unseen poetry.We will be drawing on material from our publication, which is included in the course fee.

What will the course cover?

  • Engaging ways of developing students’confidence with poetry.

  • Taking a skills-based approach: ideas for the classroom.

  • Audio-visual jumping off points – using the readings, critical comment and visual representations from the DVD.

  • Strategies for preparing students to answer on an unseen poem.

  • A chance for you to plan with colleagues and share ideas – with the option of preparing students for the controlled assessment tasks or the exam.

NB: This is a repeat of a similar course held last term.

I liked the way that all of the sessions were interactive and led by such enthusiastic subject experts. The learning atmosphere was really supportive and enjoyable. Helen Taylor-Bennett, Bishop Luffa School, on the‘Teaching “Character and Voice”or“Relationships”from the AQA GCSE

Poetry Anthology’ course.

Introducing the Spoken Language Unit for AQA and WJEC GCSE 2010

Course tutors: Barbara Bleiman & Kate Oliver Thursday 16th June Course no: 883. £280. Fee includes a copy of Investigating Spoken Language (usually £95).

Why should you attend? This element of the GCSE specications is new to many teachers and will require fresh thinking, planning and resourcing.The specications emphasise an introductory, investigative approach. What might an investigation look like? How will you resource this? How much terminology and linguistic knowledge will you want to teach? How can you provide resources to meet the changing topics for controlled assessment tasks?What classroom activities will engage students? Is your own subject knowledge enough to cope with the demands?These are some of the questions the course will address and help you answer.We will be drawing on material from our publication, which is included in the course fee. If you are following the Edexcel or OCR specications, please contact Barbara or Kate at the Centre to discuss how far the course would meet your needs.

What will the course cover?

  • Getting to grips with the demands of the specifications and controlled assessment tasks.

  • Boosting your confidence about your own subject knowledge.

  • Trying out activities and approaches using short extracts from our publication.

  • Suggestions for assignments for both AQA andWJEC, with dierent ways of organising investigative work.

  • Classroom strategies to engage students and develop their condence.

NB: This is a repeat of a similar course held last term.

This was a really great day and has given me lots of condence to be able to cascade the information to the rest of the department.

Sue West, The Wye Valley School, on the‘Introducing the Spoken Language Unit’course.


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