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AQA, WJEC Eduqas, OCR & Edexcel GCSE Spoken Language Scheme »

Paul Merrell | Thursday November 05, 2015

Categories: KS4, AQA GCSE, AQA GCSE English Language 2015, AQA Spoken Language, EDEXCEL GCSE, Edexcel GCSE English Language 2015, Edexcel Spoken Language, OCR GCSE, OCR GCSE English Language 2015, OCR Spoken Language, WJEC Eduqas GCSE, WJEC Eduqas GCSE English Language 2015, WJEC Eduqas Spoken Language, Hot Entries, Language and Linguistic Analysis, Speaking & Listening, Individual, Spoken English, GCSE Spoken English

Spoken Language Endorsement for GCSE English Language

The four English awarding bodies have developed the new criteria for Spoken Language assessment in the new GCSE English Language (9-1) qualifications. This will be a separately endorsed component, for which candidates will be graded Distinction, Pass, or Merit. Candidates who do not achieve a Pass grade, or those who do not take the component, will be given non-classified.

The Guidance Document for centres is copied below, including the assessment criteria and moderation procedures.

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Cambridge IGCSE First Lang English Component 5: Speaking and Listening Scheme »

Paul Merrell | Wednesday September 02, 2015

Categories: KS4, Cambridge iGCSE, English 0500, English 0522, Hot Entries, Language and Linguistic Analysis, Speaking & Listening, Individual, Group

Component 5 - Speaking and Listening Test Overview

If you follow 0500, Speaking and Listening is an optional component. If you so wish, you may choose to enter candidates for either the Speaking and Listening Test (Component 5) or for the Speaking and Listening Coursework (Component 6). Your students’ marks do not contribute to the overall grade they receive for the written components. Instead, this is separately endorsed on the certificate with a numerical grade: 1 (high) to 5 (low).

If you follow 0522, you again choose between either...

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GCSE English Language Spoken Language Study Scheme of Work »

Beth Kemp | Thursday September 05, 2013

Categories: KS4, AQA GCSE, WJEC Eduqas GCSE, Hot Entries, Speaking & Listening, Individual, Group, Drama-Focused, Spoken English, GCSE Spoken English, AQA English Language , Unit 3 Understanding Texts and Creative Writing, WJEC GCSE English Language, Unit 4 Spoken Language

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Spoken Language Study at GCSE

Some advice from an A Level English Language specialist

Firstly, don’t worry! What students are being asked to do at this level isn’t linguistically ‘heavy’ and will not require a lot of new terminology in order for them to do it very well indeed; in fact, many of us who were comfortable with the linguistics from our teaching of A level initially went overboard on concepts and terminology, producing students who, intoxicated by their new and exciting linguistics language,...

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Healthy Eating & Jamie Oliver »

Jack Todhunter | Wednesday August 04, 2010

Categories: Speaking & Listening, Individual, Group

A balanced argument?

Please watch the video below.

Two students in South Yorkshire watched a television programme about their local area that starred the chef Jamie Oliver. The topic was healthy eating.

The TV programme made such an impact on the two boys that they felt obliged to film their own video response to Jamie Oliver. They claim they wanted to make a “balanced argument.”

Please watch the film and discuss it with your classmates.

  • Why do you think Michael (wearing glasses) and Pat made the film?
  • What message(s) were they...
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Howard Webb - The Man In The Middle »

Jack Todhunter | Wednesday August 04, 2010

Categories: Speaking & Listening, Individual, Group

Howard Webb popped into school to give us his thoughts on the World Cup in South Africa.

Please watch the film.

This is a speaking and listening assignment, or rather a listening and speaking assignment.

You might want to watch the film again!


Answer the following questions orally:

  • What did Howard think of the World Cup?
  • How many yellow cards did he give out?
  • Which country objected the most to his decisions? Why did Howard think they were annoyed with him?
  • What exactly IS a pundit? What is their job? Which pundits do you know? What...
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Lewis Lends A Hand »

Jack Todhunter | Wednesday August 04, 2010

Categories: Writing, Productive, Creative or Original Writing, Speaking & Listening, Individual, Group

Professional musician Lewis Nitikman dropped by to lend Pat a hand.

Pat wants to become a musician himself when he leaves school so after a chat, the two of them popped into our studio at school to compose this number:

They hope you like it.

Now Lewis has left Pat some homework. He wants Pat to come up with some lyrics to turn their tune into a song.


Listen to their music again and with a classmate, bounce some ideas around.

  • What subject matter springs to mind?
  • What music does it remind you of?
  • What topics do you like talking...
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Pulp Non-Fiction »

Jack Todhunter | Wednesday August 04, 2010

Categories: Speaking & Listening, Individual, Group

Our school is just down the road from where the rock band Pulp used to rehearse so we zoomed down to interview their drummer Nick Banks.

Nick has taken over the family business where the band played.

Watch the film.

  • What did Jarvis Cocker say the group “made rattle” in their time?
  • What did Nick’s parents think of Nick being in a band in the early days and how did their opinions change over time? Why do you think they changed their minds about their son and his choice of career?
  • What according to Nick is the weirdest place he ever...
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Shakespeare Film Making »

Jack Todhunter | Wednesday August 04, 2010

Categories: Media & Non-Fiction, Media & Non-Fiction Activities, Shakespeare, Shakespeare - Other Activities and Resources, Writing, Speaking & Listening, Individual, Group

This is an interactive assignment on Shakespeare and you have been asked by a production company to help them complete a short film on the famous playwright.

Watch the video.

Discuss it with your classmates.

  • What messages are coming across in this short film?
  • What does the title suggest “The Bard and The Barred”? Who is The Bard and who might be The Barred?
  • What do you think about the comments of the girls?
  • How do you respond to the man’s comment at the end?
  • The film was shot in two locations. Where are they? Why are they important...
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Say Something! »

Jack Todhunter | Wednesday August 04, 2010

Categories: Speaking & Listening, Individual, Group

The life of rock star Jim Glennie.

Lots of students quite like the idea of being a rock star…the fame, the fortune the glitz.

Students from school in South Yorkshire interviewed rock star Jim Glennie from the band “James”.

If at first you do not recognise the name of Jim or his band, check out the video and we are sure you might know their material.

  • What instrument does Jim play?
  • How does he cope with fame?
  • What role did Jim’s school play in helping him become a rock star?
  • How would Jim like to teach music in school if he was a...
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Kid Gloves - Special Needs »

Jack Todhunter | Wednesday August 04, 2010

Categories: Speaking & Listening, Individual, Group

Please watch the film below.

The above film was shot in a special school. The students have used glove puppets to talk about life and its ups and downs. The film won a prestigious competition.

Watch the video and discuss it with your classmates.

  • Why do you think the judges of the film competition liked this film?
  • What does it have to say about disabled youngsters?
  • Did any of the comments surprise or upset you? Make you laugh? Disturb you? Inform you?


The producer of this video has been approached by a local university. The...

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Improvise Task Based on Lord of the Flies »

Jack Todhunter | Friday August 07, 2009

Categories: Prose, Lord Of The Flies, Writing, Productive, Creative or Original Writing, Speaking & Listening, Drama-Focused

If you have read the last page of the novel Lord of the Flies, you will realise that William Golding had the novel Coral Island in mind when he wrote his tale.

The Task

The following playlet explores some of the issues involved. Once you’ve read the script, improvise a response then write it up.

  • What exactly DOES he think?
  • Does he sympathise with Golding or attack his views?

The following scene takes place in the common room of a public school. One teacher is sipping coffee and marking some school exercise books. The other, William...

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Who is Beelzebub in Lord of the Flies? »

Jack Todhunter | Friday August 07, 2009

Categories: Prose, Lord Of The Flies, Writing, Essays, Prose Analysis, Speaking & Listening

The Task

The boys on the island busy themselves looking for a beast or demon. We are painfully aware of the irony here. There is indeed a devil on the island… or rather several and they are openly on view.

Looking closely at the action in Golding’s novel, who do you consider could be described as a demon?

Beelzebub (Hebrew בעל זבוב, with several variants) appears as the name of a god worshipped by the Philistines. In ancient contexts, there appears to have been little, if any, meaningful distinction between Beelzebub and Baal....

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