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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!

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Macbeth

English Literature

GCSE

WJEC

24 tutorials available 24 tutorials total

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 honoured to have the renowned Shakespearean actor, Guy Henry, play Macbeth throughout the series.

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Macbeth

English Literature

GCSE

CIE

24 tutorials available 24 tutorials total

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 honoured to have the renowned Shakespearean actor, Guy Henry, play Macbeth throughout the series.

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An Inspector Calls

English Literature

GCSE

CIE

16 tutorials available 16 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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Romeo and Juliet

English Literature

GCSE

CIE

24 tutorials available 25 tutorials total

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.

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Animal Farm

English Literature

GCSE

CIE

12 tutorials available 12 tutorials total

Animal Farm, by George Orwell, is one of the great dystopian novels of it's time and is layered with many different meanings, making it a joy to read and to interpret. Our audio tutorials, written by Aimee Coelho, a passionate English Teacher at Millfield and additionally an exam board examiner (so she knows exactly what is required for your examination), will furnish you with everything you need for your GCSE coursework and exam preparation. The series will provide you with all the necessary arguments and insights, analyses the genre, structure and form, examines the context and key characters , gives an in-depth view of the different chapters and finally helps you prepare for that all important GCSE examination. Animal Farm is a set text for OCR, AQA and Edexcel.

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Othello by William Shakespeare

English Literature

A Level

AQA

4 tutorials available 13 tutorials total

The events in Othello are so terrible and the emotions so raw that one has trouble distinguishing between reality and art. One wants to “call out” to make it stop – yet it is so unspeakably beautiful and true to human emotion that it makes one feel one has reached the beating heart of life itself. As a consequence of the power with which Othello speaks to the racial and international conflicts of our time, many critics regard it as the most significant Shakespeare play for contemporary audiences. The fact that it speaks so well to the conflicts of our time also means that it remains as vital, raw, disturbing, and dangerous as its subtle antagonist, Iago. Whether we can understand and respond effectively to the conflicts Iago stage-manages is really the measure of our ability to solve the central problems facing us. This series has brought together Brian Penman, a senior examiner, and Paul Hamilton, a Shakespearian expert, who together will guide and inspire you, so that you will not only thoroughly enjoy the play but be fully prepared for your exams.

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Thomas Hardy Poetry

English Literature

A Level

AQA

4 tutorials available 17 tutorials total

Part of AQA English Literature AS Level, Thomas Hardy's poems fall within the Aspects of Tragedy component. Here the the student will need to understand how particular aspects of the tragic genre are used and how they work. The texts include: ‘A Sunday Morning Tragedy’, ‘At an Inn’, ‘Tess’s Lament’, ‘Under the Waterfall’, ‘Lament’, ‘Rain on a Grave’, ‘Your Last Drive’, ‘The Going’, ‘The Haunter’, ‘At Castle Boterel’, ‘A Trampwoman’s Tragedy’, ‘The Frozen Greenhouse’, ‘The Forbidden Banns’, ‘The Mock Wife’, ‘The Flower’s Tragedy’, ‘After a Journey’, and ‘The Newcomer’s Wife’.

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Tragedy

English Literature

A Level

AQA

10 tutorials available 10 tutorials total

Tragedies are stories of misery, madness and murder. So why read (and watch) tragedy? It is one of literature’s most popular and enduring genres, but what possible enjoyment can an audience get from watching characters in the depths of despair? What does tragedy tell us about human existence? What does tragedy actually mean? In this series, we will examine all the different aspects of Tragedy and how you can apply it to your English Literature A Level. Written by Alan Scott, who is a senior examiner, it will provide you with the debate, analysis and examples of great tragedy.

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The Gothic Podcast Series

English Literature

A Level

OCR

4 tutorials available 5 tutorials total

This series introduces the students to the gothic as broad traditions/genres for those taking A Level English Literature. Specific texts will be mentioned and examined, but not in the detail of text-/author-centred series; the primary aim is to consider how various example texts might fit (or perhaps not fit) received wisdom concerning what gothic “is.”.

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The Tempest

English Literature

A Level

OCR

0 tutorials available 4 tutorials total

The Tempest, thought by many to be Shakespeare's last play, has become increasingly seen as one of his masterpieces. It is set on a remote island and draws heavily on the tradition of romance, telling the story of the sorcerer Prospero. Our series, written by Mary McNulty, a Learning Consultant Shakespeare's Globe and Myfanwy Marshall, an English teacher who specialises in Shakespeare, examines the plot, key themes, including postcolonialism, utopia, power, the supernatural, reconciliation and love. It also has a detailed analysis of the key characters including Prospero, Miranda, Ariel and Caliban amongst others. The series has been designed to help you through your A Level and to prepare you for your exams.

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