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A Recipe for Originality in your Descriptive or Narrative Writing.

Need to produce some narrative or descriptive writing? Sometimes you just run out of steam.  Sometimes you just can’t get started. And sometimes, you want your writing to be that little bit more original. Here’s a simple recipe that should help. First of all, put any thoughts of writing long sentences to one side. Next,…

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Choose Your Words Carefully.

There were clouds down by the river today. It had been a hot summer and the clouds came as a shock after endless days of bright, blue skies and sunshine. The clouds brought to mind ‘Both Sides Now’, written by Canadian songwriter, Joni Mitchell, in 1969, in which she reflects on the different ways of…

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Which one’s Which?

You’re just about to tackle Paper 2 on the GCSE English paper and you’ve been given two sources to read.  One from the 19th Century Non Fiction and one from the 20th or 21st Century Non Fiction. I’d always assumed it was easy to tell which was which. Until recently when I heard a Year…

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Descriptive Writing Tips for GCSE English

The descriptive writing question on your GCSE English Language paper carries a lot of marks and can make a big difference to your final grade. This blog post with free download sheet will provide you with an explanation of how to produce an original piece of descriptive writing in response to the question. In addition,…

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Recent Student Feedback

We’re proud of the work we do and that’s why we always like to receive student feedback. Here are some recent comments from a range of Year 11 students who are all studying for the GCSE English Language examination. One student reported valuing the work done to help familiarise him with the questions he’ll be…

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Destination GCSE English Language.

Out on a bright, crispy morning walking my dog, Henry, and high above, a white jetstream was soaring out towards the Atlantic. A quick look at the Flight Radar app on my phone tells me it’s a Lufthansa cargo plane en route from Frankfurt to Chicago. The current forecast for Chicago O’Hare International Airport is…

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Sweat Like A Robot – Improving Your GCSE English Exam Performance.

Scientists in Japan have created a humanoid robot that can work out and even sweat just like a human. These new robots can be used as crash test dummies and to design muscle analytics for athletes and sports. It’s all about reducing risk and improving performance. Got me thinking about how we could apply this…

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Be Your Own Google

We all like to look our best, play our best, and be our best. It’s human nature. But try just a little too hard to impress and it can backfire. Your GCSE English exams are no different, especially when it comes to vocabulary choices. Here are a couple of examples from a Year 11 student…

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Shooting the Breeze

Finding myself on an unexpected trip to Spain last week to assist with a family medical emergency, I ordered my usual – cup of tea and a KitKat – as the EasyJet aircraft soared high across the cold dusk of a late November evening. A short while later, I heard a lot of laughter from…

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Really good English teaching.

I thought now might be a good time to explain why I created Your Webinar Teacher. For me, the clue is in the word ‘teacher’. Because that’s what I’ve been for most of my career in one form or another – an English teacher. A really good English teacher too. I bumped into an ex-student…

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