Happy New Year

I don’t really do resolutions. My experience of them is littered with miserable failure. Nevertheless I will make it my intention not to leave those of you who check back here regularly, full of wide-eyed anticipation, disappointed so frequently or for such extended spells.

Elizabeth asked about useful revision for what we covered in Term 1, and I had intended, as I said in a previous post, to give some suggestions.

Can I mention again the most useful online resources, which are permanently linked from the ‘blogroll’ in the right hand sidebar:

http://www.universalteacher.org.uk/contents.htm#langa

This is a superb resource, that covers pretty much everything needed for our English Language course. Most of it is also releveant to the Language side of the Lang/Lit course, too (though beware: the Lang/Lit specific pages relate to a different specification than the one we do at McAuley). Unfortunately the site is no longer updated, following the premature death of the wonderful bloke who put it together, but I still think it is the best online ‘one-stop-shop’ for A-level English.

http://www.englishbiz.co.uk/#A-level

This site is produced by perhaps the most helpful and generous English teacher working today. This site is so good, that I am sure he could be making quite a lot of money from it by now, yet the resources are all offered absolutely free, and the webmaster offers a lot of personal help to other teachers and students. Some of the resources can be downloaded if you prefer to have printed guides in your folder, rather than reading online.

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/internet-grammar/

You know how difficult it can seem to get a hold of the terms and concepts required to deal with the grammar framework effectively. Just reading about it or listening in class can NEVER be anywhere near enough. What you need is practice and feedback, but there is too little time in class to do that adequately. The Internet Grammar of English combines clear, step-by-step explanations of all the grammar you could need (and more), with interactive online exercises and tests to allow you to check your understanding. Although grammar is only a small part of this course, showing good understanding of this framework tends to be rewarded very highly in exams and coursework.

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2 Responses to Happy New Year

  1. amy p says:

    hiya sir
    hope u are enjoying your weekend ,um i was wondering if they were any website or anything so i could look at the next section of work ?
    So i can try and start understanding before we get to lesson on monday

    thankyou
    amy

  2. Mr Heald says:

    Hi Amy,

    Yes, I’m enjoying my weekend: writing Year 11 reports (which I’ve already written once but there was a problem eith the school e-markbook system, so they disappeared), marking practice exam papers, and preparing lessons for the coming week.

    Mind you, I did get out yesterday to watch my son in a tag-rugby tournament at Castle Park — his school came second.

    Language and Power is the topic we’re moving on to next, along with Language and Occupation which is very closely related.

    So this is as good a point as any to remind you that there is no topic on this course for which your knowledge won’t benefit from a visit to http://www.universalteacher.org.uk. Specifically:

    http://www.universalteacher.org.uk/lang/power.htm

    These sections of the englishbz.co.uk website:

    http://www.englishbiz.co.uk/semiotics/basicsemiotics/ideologies.html

    and

    http://www.englishbiz.co.uk/extras/binaryintro.html

    are also very useful for the whole ENB2 unit (indeed it’s useful in a much wider sense: analysis of texts at ENB1 will also often benefit from looking at ideology).

    I hope this helps, and I’m delighted to see you asking: sorry it took me a little while to get back to you, but I didn’t notice your post until after I’d broken off to make the tea, bath Katie, and put her to bed.

    See you tomorrow.

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