English Literature A Level and GCSE Audio Tutorials
Whether you are teaching or studying English Literature, our audio tutorial series have been designed to provide you with all the analysis required at both GCSE and A Level. Written by those who have a real passion and understanding of their subject, each series goes into detail across the core components of what needs to be taught and learnt, giving you an alternative and complementary resource to help you achieve success both inside and outside the classroom. As with all our series, the wonderfully flexible medium of audio brings the texts to life in a unique way and makes preparing for class, researching for an essay or even studying for the exam an absolute pleasure!
Our series on Great Expectations is written and recorded by Ian Brinton, a former Head of English for Dulwich College and Sevenoaks School, and also a prolific writer on Dickens. The series analyses the major characters and themes that run through the book. There are individual podcasts on MIss Havisham, Estella, Wemmick and Magwitch, there and on the key themes including prisons, the concept of a gentleman and guilt. It also looks at the different endings Charles Dickens wrote.
This podcast series, written by Charlotte Unsworth, a prolific blogger on English Literature and English Teacher at Skipton Girls High School, will examine each of the 15 poems you are required to study across AQA's Love and Relationships poetry anthology for GCSE. From Seamus Heaney's Follower to Charlotte Mew's The Farmer's Bride, each poem will be fully examined, looking at structure, form and language so that you will gain an in-depth understanding and be prepared for those all important exams. Our actors have also read each poem so you can listen to them being recited before and after you have listened to the actual podcast discussing the poem, enabling you to relate to them.
The AQA Power and Conflict poetry anthology is a collection of extremely powerful and moving poems. In this audio tutorial series, Mrs Rebecca Kleanthous, an English teacher and an examiner who specialises in poetry, explores the themes and ideas across the poems, analyses the technique used by the poet, including language and structure and provides suitable comparisons with other poems within the cluster. You can listen to a narration of the poems first and then listen to the analysis that follows
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 to give a complete analysis of Jekyll and Hyde including discussing the context, genres, themes and characters of this wonderful novella. To be used both by schools as an alternative resource and for individuals to help across their studies, including coursework, essays and revision for Jekyll and Hyde.
Written by Mary Shelley, Frankenstein has horrified and enthralled readers for nearly 200 years. In this series, especially written for GCSE students, Alex Blott and Alexandra Campbell take you through all the chapters and provide a detailed analysis of all the key elements of this sublime novel, from its context and genre, to an in-depth discussion of all the characters.
Our Macbeth series for GCSE English Literature is one of our favourites. Our authors, Catherine Hartley and Stella Vassiliou, two fabulous teachers (both 1st class honours graduates from Oxbridge) bring to life and explain one of Shakespeare's most famous tragedies. We are also delighted to have the renowned Shakespearean actor, Guy Henry, play Macbeth throughout the series.
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.
The History Boys is Alan Bennett's multi award winning play, scooping both the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play and the 2006 Tony Award for Best Play. Our series is designed to the AQA specification and will take you through all you need to know for your GCSE. We examine genre, context, analysis of key characters and the major themes that run through the play, including sexuality and education. We also take you through the action of the play. The final podcast will give you an overview of what questions you should expect and how to answer them.
The GCSE podcast series for Ishiguro’s novel, Never Let Me Go, will give you invaluable insight into 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.
Animal Farm, by George Orwell, is one of the great dystopian novels of all time. It is layered with many different meanings, making it a joy to read and to interpret. The series is written by Aimee Coelho, a passionate English Teacher at Millfield and an examiner. It analyses the genre, structure and form of the novel, examines context and key characters , gives an in-depth review of each chapter, and finally helps you prepare for that all important GCSE examination.