The skills and requirements for the GCSE English language exam are very specific: retrieving information from texts, inference, analysis of language, presentational techniques and comparing texts are some of the skills needed. For writing, students are required to engage the reader and produce a response, which relates to the purpose and audience.
This book teaches students how to write using different purposes - to inform, explain, argue, advise, describe, persuade, review and how to make the tone and register of their writing suitable for the audience.
It emphasises the P.E.E or P.E.T.E.R technique, so students have a blue print (format) to work from; make POINT, give EVIDENCE, comment on TECHNIQUE, EFFECT and RESPONSE. This helps students to develop analytical skills for non-fiction tasks and responses in English literature papers.
The students are also taught to use rhetorical techniques - groups of three, speaking directly to the reader, rhetorical questions, inclusive pronouns as well as stylistic devices like similes, metaphors and high level vocabulary.
The aim of this book is:
- To help every child gain a grade C in GCSE English.
- To outline the requirements of the present GCSE course and to teach students to structure and organise a piece of writing
- To teach students to look for key words in a task and to plan a suitable response.
- To teach students to use linguistic and stylistic devices.
- To show them how to use rhetorical techniques.
- To teach P.E.E techniques and to teach the analytical skills required for English language and literature tasks.
- To teach good spelling, punctuation and grammar.