English Literature A Level and GCSE Audio Tutorials
Great literature fires the imagination and brings language to life. Welcome to our English Literature library for GCSE.
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A group of teenagers do something bad, really bad, then panic and cover the whole thing up. But when they find out that the cover-up unites them and brings harmony to their once fractious lives, where’s the incentive to put things right? DNA is a fascinating play and our series will take you through all you need to know for your GCSE. Produced by Mark Richards, a senior examiner, he certainly knows how to cover all the different elements to achieve a good grade.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen was one of the most popular novels of its day and it continues to be so, with many film and small screen adaptations. In this series we examine all the key aspects that you will need to know and understand for GCSE English Literature, ranging from its context, major themes, character analysis and look at all the different chapters. It's penultimate tutorial examines some of the most pertinent of quotations, including; "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.”, which gives a clue to the type of book it is. Written by Jan Heron, a English teacher of many years and one who holds 5 stars on the Rate My Teacher website, Jan is also an exam board examiner so knows what is required to achieve good grades.
Jane Eyre is a turbulent love story with many different themes, twists and compelling characters, making it a fascinating novel to study. In our tutorial series, written by Charlotte Unsworth, an experienced English teacher, we will analyse the key characters and themes within Jane Eyre, as well as having a detailed look at the importance of the settings. We finish with a tutorial that has been designed to help approach exam questions. Best of luck.
This classic novel by Arthur Conan Doyle provides many discussion points and intrigues. We examine Sherlock Holmes as a character, The Victorian serial novel, Detective fiction & associated tropes, the themes of Colonisation, Imperialisation, class, the Fear of the Other and Drug consumption! We look at the structure and form of the novel, including serialisation, Novella and Mystery / Detective Story, provide further detailed character analysis and how they reflect the context and the major themes. We examine each of the individual chapters of The Sign of Four, providing a precis of each and provide a podcast on quotations as well as exam guidance to help when it comes to your English Literature GCSE.
In these podcasts on Willy Russell's Blood Brothers, we’ll be revising each section of the play in some depth, and picking out ideas or details which might come up in your Literature exam. In addition, there are in-depth podcasts on the characters within the play and the first couple of podcasts will give you a bit of background which will, hopefully, help you get the most out of your reading of the text.
A Christmas Carol is amongst the most famous of Dickens’ works, and Ebenezer Scrooge, the chief character, is perhaps the best-known and most distinctive of all his creations. Our AQA GCSE English Literature series for A Christmas Carol will guide you through everything you need to know about this classic of Victorian literature and help you understand how best to approach it in your exams.