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:
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 Unfortunately the site is no longer updated, following the premature death of the wonderful bloke who put it together, but I still think it is the best online ‘one-stop-shop’ for A-level English.
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.
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.