This series explores all the key themes, context and characters within this great novel by Charles Dickens. The series has been written by Ian Brinton, ex Head of English at both Dulwich College and Sevenoaks, who has written numerous books on Dickens and has read Great Expectations 17 times.
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!
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.
Romeo and Juliet is one of Shakespeare's greatest and best loved tragedies. In this series for GCSE English Literature we analyse all aspects of the play ensuring that you gain a full understanding of the various complexities, including key themes, characters, context and structure. As with Macbeth we have brought together Stella Vassilou and Catherine Hartley, both of whom received Masters in English Literature from Oxford and Cambridge University and are now teaching GCSE English Literature.
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.
The podcast series for Great Expectations will prepare you for your GCSE and bring to the book to life so that you have the necessary understanding required. 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 podcast will refer to Pip so you gain an in depth understanding of his character.
Animal Farm is one of the great dystopian novels of it's time and is layered with many different meanings. Our podcast series will examine all the key elements you require for your GCSE, helping you across your coursework and preparing you for your exams.