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Last Minute English Language Exam Cramming

As we know, the Reading section is tricky! Most of you will have completed the past papers, so here are some texts that you can use to create your own reading questions. You should be able to guess which texts fit which question best! Of course, practising comparing texts is essential for that question 4 – worth a huge 16 marks.

Here are the three texts you can use for last minute prep – annotate/highlight and PEE analyse. Devise some questions and time yourself undertaking some answers. Remember: Higher – 1s) Information retreival 2) Linking language and presentational devices 3) Language used to convey feelings 4) Comparison of Language.

Source 1. Eng Lang Climate change article

Source 2. Bear Grylls fake article

Source 3. Eng Lang Adventure text

Mr M has helpfully provided a couple of Writing section questions to tackle tonight – give them a go to hone your skills:

Write a brief article for a website of your choice telling your readers about an interesting
or unusual place you have visited. Explain why it was memorable.
(16 marks)

Your school or college is inviting entries for a writing competition. The topic is
“Too many tests, examinations and assessments are ruining young people’s lives and don’t add to their education’
Write your entry arguing for or against this view. (24 marks)


Reading material – Looking for Section A style articles? Look no further

Look at these linked articles and practise your reading skills as part of your revision – can you scan the text for purpose and audience? Can you skim the text for key information? Can you do a PALT analysis (remember: Purpose, Audience, Language and Tone)?

1. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/9774109/Working-mothers-only-break-even-on-childcare-costs-after-four-months.html

2. http://www.adn.com/2012/12/31/2739314/shell-drilling-rig-is-adrift-again.html

3. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/02/world/africa/stampede-at-new-years-celebration-kills-dozens-in-ivory-coast.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&smid=tw-nytimes&_r=0

Remember to think which type of question the article would be suitable for – remind yourself of the question types and even make your own questions based on these texts and time yourself with a written answer (try ten minutes as a time limit to really test yourself).

Happy reading, well maybe not, they aren’t very happy articles, but they are useful.


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Two New Ace Revision Resources

Happy 2012!

Christmas may be over, but the English department never stop giving! Please find these two really useful revision resources:

1. This leaflet is from AQA and it provides a really short burst of ideas and revision points for The Reading and Writing sections of the exam: AQA Revision leaflet

2. This revision booklet has been produced by an English teacher and shared for free. It has a really useful guide, separated for both Higher and Foundation, into both the Reading and Writing section. There is useful time guidance as well as some good example answer material: http://www.mrbruff.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/Mr-Bruff-Revision-Guide2.pdf
Thank you to Mr Bruff!

Enjoy the New Year, but don’t fall behind and not revise for this crucial exam, be the master of your own fate!


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