English Department

 

Members of Staff:

Mrs Sarah Duke  

M.A. (hons), M.A. Film., P.G.C.E

English (HOD)

Miss Amy Brackenridge

B.A., P.G.C.E

French, English

Ms Elisabeth Livingstone

M.A. (hons), M.Lit., P.G.C.E

English

Ms Eleanor Hughes 

B.Sc. Hons, P.G.C.E

Health & Social Care, English

 

ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND ENGLISH LITERATURE
Pupils will study the GCSE English Language and English Literature specifications offered by CCEA. 


Virtual Classrooms:
Welcome to our virtual classrooms.

Click on the links in Ms Hughes’ classroom to be introduced to the core components of Year 11 English Language and Literature:
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Click on the links in Miss Brackenridge’s classroom to be introduced to the core components of Year 12 English Language and Literature:
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Click on the links in Ms Livingstone’s classroom to be introduced to the core components of AS Level Literature:
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Click on the links in Mrs Duke’s classroom to be introduced to the core components of A2 Level Literature:
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Aims
Within the framework of the general aims of Lurgan College, the English Department seeks to provide an environment that enables the student to fulfil his/her academic and social potential. Our department thus endeavours to:

  • Encourage students to contribute in a positive and mature manner to society;
  • Heighten each student’s awareness of human diversity, thereby promoting understanding of individual needs and attitudes;
  • Acknowledge that individuals may learn in various ways;
  • Enable students to evaluate the power, complexity, versatility and sensitivity of the English Language through their experiences of English and English Literature in the classroom;
  • Equip students with the skills required to critique stereotype and bias founded upon gender, religion and ethnicity.

 

Joining us in Year 11 at Lurgan College?



Click here to access 10 Things to Do to Prepare for GCSE English 

In preparation for students’ transition from KS3 to KS4 we recommend that students read, in advance, the core text ‘Of Mice and Men’ and familiarise themselves with the work of John Steinbeck.


This text has been selected for many reasons. However, Marcus Mumford the first collective recipient of the Steinbeck Award, sums it up perfectly here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R9mvivr1DmU



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Here you can also explore John Steinbeck’s connection to Northern Ireland and the festival, with its schools’ programme, that runs annually in February.
http://www.steinbeckfestival.com/

 

 


GCSEpod:

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The English Department is pleased to subscribe to GCSEpod; an online resource system that allows pupils to access learning materials on any device they may use.


Students should explore GCSEpod here:
https://www.gcsepod.com/news-gcse-learning-revision/support-independent-gcse-learning/


For parents/guardians, you can gain further information here:
https://www.gcsepod.com/news-gcse-learning-revision/gcse-parental-engagement-linking-classroom-home-gcsepod/

 

Joining us in Year 13 at Lurgan College?

We recommend that all students intending to study English Literature, at Advanced Level, aim to read widely in preparation for this course.

  • We encourage students to explore the following site and to join us in Year 13 having read a selection of novels from this list:
  • https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/494P41NCbVYHlY319VwGbxp/explore-the-list-of-100-novels-that-shaped-our-world


  • Potential students are encouraged to explore, independently, the poetry and contextual background of Seamus Heaney and Robert Frost.
  • We also encourage any potential students to read Mary Shelley’s novel ‘Frankenstein’ and Arthur Miller’s ‘The Crucible’ in advance of their close study of these texts at AS Level.
  • These are also excellent suggested activities, in the following booklets, to allow students to develop the necessary skills to succeed at Advanced Level Literature.

Click here to access 10 Thinks to Do to Prepare for A Level English 


Click here to access Making the leap 

GCSE ENGLISH LANGUAGE:
40% of marks are allocated to Controlled Assessment.  20% will be awarded for responses to Spoken and Written Language, and 20% for Speaking and Listening.  Students will therefore be working towards their overall GCSE grade throughout their course of study.


CONTENT

SUMMARY

ASSESSMENT

WEIGHTING

UNIT 1

Writing for purpose and audience and reading to access non-fiction and media texts.

External written examination. Assessed at the end of Year 11.

1 hour 45 minutes.

Students respond to five tasks.

30%

UNIT 2

Speaking and listening.

Controlled Assessment.

Teachers assess the tasks and CCEA moderates the outcomes.

 

20%

UNIT 3

Studying spoken and written language.

Controlled Assessment.

Teachers assess the tasks and CCEA moderates the outcomes.

20%

UNIT 4

Personal or creative writing and reading literary and non-fiction texts.

External written examination.

1 hour 45 minutes.

Students respond to four tasks.

30%

 

GCSE ENGLISH LITERATURE:

In English Literature our students will have the opportunity to study a range of literary texts. They will initially study John Steinbeck’s classic novella Of Mice and Men and a range of unseen prose texts taken from the nineteenth century. Following this, they will explore a range of poetry collated under the theme of relationships. In Year 12, they will study the Shakespeare play Macbeth and J.B. Priestley’s An Inspector Calls to complete this course. 


CONTENT

ASSESSMENT

WEIGHTING

UNIT 1:

The Study of Prose

External written examination.  Assessed at the end of Year 11.

1 hour 45 minutes.

Students answer two questions, one from Section A and the set question from Section B.

Section A is closed book.

30%

UNIT 2:

The Study of Drama and Poetry

External written examination.

2 hours.

Students answer two questions, one from Section A and one from Section B.

Both sections are open book.

50%

UNIT 3:

The Study of Shakespeare

Controlled Assessment.

2 hours.

Students complete an extended writing task based on a theme.

Marked by teachers and moderated by CCEA.

20%


AS ENGLISH LITERATURE:

At Advanced Level, our students begin to develop their critical writing skills and ability to present convincing arguments about texts. Independence of study will be fostered and encouraged. During this year they will explore three core areas of literature: prose, poetry and drama. The prose text is Mary Shelley’s gothic masterpiece Frankenstein, the poetry is a collection of poems written by Seamus Heaney and Robert Frost and the drama text is Arthur Miller’s The Crucible. The AS course is examination assessed.


CONTENT

ASSESSMENT

WEIGHTING

AS 1:
The Study of Poetry 1900–Present and Drama

External written examination.
2 hours.
Students answer two questions, one from Section A and one from Section B. Section A is open book. Section B is closed book.

60% of AS
24% of A level

AS 2:
The Study of Prose Pre 1900

External written examination.
1 hour.
Students answer one question.
Closed book.

40% of AS
16% of A level


AS ENGLISH LITERATURE:

At A2 Level, our students really begin to develop the confidence to bring their own independent research to their studies. This course is challenging; however, it prepares them well for third level education. Again, the core elements of prose, poetry and drama are focused on. This time, the drama text studied is Shakespeare’s Othello, the poetry is an anthology of Emily Dickinson’s work alongside a component on unseen poetry and for the prose element the students have the choice to decide this themselves. The study of prose is the coursework element and students are permitted to independently select two texts that interest them and write a 2,500-word assignment based on these texts (the only condition is that one text must be a 21st Century novel). This task is great preparation for further studies, as the students are introduced to the key concepts of independent note taking, wider reading, bibliographies and referencing that are invaluable at degree level.


CONTENT

ASSESSMENT

WEIGHTING

A2 1:
Shakespearean Genres

 

External written examination

1 hour 30 mins

Students answer one question.

Closed book

 

20% of A level

A2 2:
The Study of Poetry Pre 1900 and Unseen Poetry

 

External written examination

 2 hours

Students answer two questions, one from Section A and the question set in Section B.

Closed book

 

20% of A level

A2 3: Internal Assessment

 

Internal assessment Students complete a 2500-word essay.

 

20% of A level

 

Extra-Curricular Opportunities:

The English Department are committed to allowing their students the broadest experience of language and literature that they can provide. The teachers in this department facilitate a range of extra-curricular activities ranging from: Book Group, Film Club, Public Speaking Society, Young Enterprise and Community Service. In addition to this, we arrange annual trips to The Heaney HomePlace (Bellaghy) and an A Level Conference to Coleraine. Please do visit the appropriate pages on the extra-curricular section of this website to gain additional information on our extra-curricular activities. Finally, we run a creative hub online platform that allows interested students to gain information about opportunities and competitions within the arts field.

 

Support:


For any students who wish to avail of additional support, we facilitate a four-week afterschool literacy mentoring scheme. Mrs Duke, Mrs McMaster and selected Year 13 and 14 students meet with any students who have opted for additional literacy support to assist them in preparing for the units they will be examined in.