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GCSE English Literature Audio Study Guides

Our English Literature GCSE series have been created to aid both students and teachers throughout their coursework and in preparation for the exams. Written by subject specialists, they cover all aspects of the specification required giving students the ability to access pertinent information in a short, sharp and easily digestible manner. The audio format enables accelerated learning, with no distraction and can be played both inside and outside the classroom. They have been designed to complement what is being taught and to help reinforce key learnings.

Each series is broken down into individual tutorials, examining core elements of the text, such as analysis of key characters, the context, the structure and form, key themes and individual chapters and scenes.

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A Christmas Carol

English Literature

GCSE

Eduqas

13 tutorials available 13 tutorials total

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.

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Blood Brothers

English Literature

GCSE

Eduqas

17 tutorials available 17 tutorials total

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.

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Never Let Me Go WJEC

English Literature

GCSE

WJEC

26 tutorials available 26 tutorials total

Never Let Me Go is the haunting story of a group of friends whose purpose in life is far removed from that which any of us might expect. The GCSE podcast series for Ishiguro’s novel will take you on a journey through the book and help you prepare for your exams at the end of the school year. It takes you through all you need to know and will ensure that you can answer the key questions you will receive in the exams. The podcast series examines all the different genres associated with the book, the importance of context, the core themes including the importance of art and creativity, ethics of cloning, outsider status and mortality, gives a detail overview of the characters involved and then includes a detailed analysis of the book itself, chapter by chapter. It is brought to you by experienced head of English and exam board specification writer, Stephen Lucas and Dr Laura Salisbury, Senior Lecturer in English Literature at Exeter University

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Of Mice and Men

English Literature

GCSE

WJEC

15 tutorials available 15 tutorials total

In John Steinbeck's classic novella, we see two friends working through the farmlands in California during the time of the Great Depression. In this study guide for GCSE, we examine Of Mice and Men in detail, looking at the myriad of themes involved, the key characters, its context, the structure and setting as well as giving a detailed step by step guide to each chapter, so that you can easily follow the book and to prepare you for your exams. The final two tutorials will furnish you with key quotations and how to use them as well as equipping you with exam techniques. Our series has been written by Hannah Walsh, who, when she was studying for her PGCE at Exeter University, won the Ted Wragg Award for Outstanding Trainees in recognition of the high standard of her English teaching.

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The History Boys - WJEC

English Literature

GCSE

WJEC

19 tutorials available 19 tutorials total

The History Boys is Alan Bennett's award winning play including the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play and the 2006 Tony Award for Best Play. All of our tutorials take you through all you need to now for your GCSE, including genre, context, analysis of key characters and the major themes that run through the play, including sexuality and education. The final podcast will give you an overview of what questions you should expect and how to answer them.

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Great Expectations – Charles Dickens - WJEC

English Literature

GCSE

WJEC

11 tutorials available 11 tutorials total

The podcast series on Great Expectations, written and recorded by Ian Brinton, a former Head of English for Dulwich College and Sevenoaks School, as well as having written many books on Dickens, will help prepare you for your GCSE and analyses the major characters and themes that run through the book. The examination of the key characters includes individual podcasts on MIss Havisham, Estella, Wemmick and Magwitch, there are individual podcasts on the key themes of prevalent throughout the book, including prisons, the concept of a gentleman and guilt as well as looking at the different endings Charles Dickens wrote. Throughout the podcast series, the different podcasts will refer to Pip so you gain an in depth understanding of his character.

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An Inspector Calls - WJEC

English Literature

GCSE

WJEC

16 tutorials available 17 tutorials total

The GCSE podcast series for JB Priestley’s play, An Inspector Calls, will give you invaluable insight for your GCSE and help you prepare for your exams at the end of the school year. It looks at the genre, structure and plot, why the play is enduring, the context of the play and how it was a voice for Priestley’s beliefs, gives a detail overview of the characters involved and then includes a detailed analysis of the play itself as well as giving hints and tips on exams techniques.

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Pride and Prejudice - WJEC

English Literature

GCSE

WJEC

25 tutorials available 25 tutorials total

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.

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The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

English Literature

GCSE

WJEC

17 tutorials available 17 tutorials total

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, or sometimes known more simply as Jekyll & Hyde has entertained readers for over 100 years. Written by Robert Louis Stevenson the novella has impacted our natural language with the phrase "Jekyll and Hyde" coming to mean a person who is vastly different in moral character from one situation to the next. Our GCSE series has been written so that you will fully understand the context, genres, themes and characters of this wonderful novella and will guide you through the course and help prepare you for your GCSE English Literature exam.

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Eduqas Poetry Anthology - 1789 to Present Day

English Literature

GCSE

WJEC

39 tutorials available 40 tutorials total

Welcome to our analysis of the poems in the Eduqas Poetry Anthology for GCSE English Literature, written by Rebecca Kleanthous, a specialist poetry examiner. The Eduqas selection of poetry provides a rich heritage of poets from the 18th century all the way to the present day, including romantic poets, war poets and modern day poets, providing a wonderfully varied selection for study. Each poem is analysed in detail, including the context, key ideas, content and the structure and form used, helping prepare GCSE students throughout their coursework and in preparation for their exams. There is a narration of each poem as well as three podcasts at the end that provide techniques to aid in analysing poems, how to compare poems and how to tackle the unseen poem.

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