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It’s that time of year again. You want to prepare your students to do the best they possibly can in their GCSEs, without piling on the pressure.
So, if you can help them to revise in a way that doesn’t feel like a non-stop conveyor belt of information passing in one ear and out the other, you’ve made a decent start.
We’ve rounded up a small selection of tips, tricks, games, worksheets and all kinds of resources to help with this year’s English language paper. So check these out to see if anything might help your class study more effectively and efficiently.
Just as we included them in our roundup of GCSE English literature revision resources it makes sense to start here with past papers.
Whether it’s AQA, EdExcel, OCR, WJEC, or CIE you’ll find old papers at Revision World.
Click here for links to each.
This bundle of resources from TeachIt helps students recap key words and terminology for GCSE English Language, and lets them play some tried-and-tested games and activities, like this printable language board game, to go over important skills for the exam.
There’s even a handy revision calendar for them to print out.
See what might be useful for your students here.
At getrevising.co.uk you can filter through the hefty bank of resources and narrow it down by level, subject, examining body and curriculum area to get exactly what your class needs.
See what you can find here.
This comprehensive collection of resources from Ysgol John Bright school in North Wales rounds up an absolute wealth of helpful tools.
This includes YouTube video series from The English Teacher, Melanie Kendry and Mr Bruff, as well as PDFs, PowerPoints and Word docs covering everything Year 11s need for their English language tests.
Check out the full list here.
Here’s a handy 17-page PDF guide that takes you through each of the questions on both papers.
Grab this free revision aid here.
This page from Geoff Barton contains various resources for GCSE English that he has put together from his own teaching over the years.
The revision archive includes Handy Revision Hints, ‘C or higher funpack’, ‘Interestingness’ and more, and you can find them all here.
The concise and well-presented info on goconqr.com’s revision guides should be well suited to young people’s tastes, so it’s worth pointing them in the direction of this English language-based guide.
Check it out here.
One of the many benefits of the BBC Bitesize sites is how well it is laid out. It’s so easy to find everything you could want or need, and you know that it will all be formatted in a way that’s, as the site name suggests, easily digestible.
One of the other benefits is the the wealth of high-quality videos, which can be a great means of digesting information rather than students trying to cram in every note they’ve made, work they’ve done and handout you’ve created over the last year.
So, this video, for example, and its accompanying guide, takes pupils through the influence of poetry and rhyme on modern rap music, while this one discusses the use of persuasive language to raise awareness of school bullying.
Find these and loads more here.
This set of skills-focused resources lets pupils test their skills at analysing poems, pieces of writing and more, or indeed create their own piece.
Get these resources here.
At Teachit English there’s a great selection of revision activities including a a SPaG mat, language devices speed dating and pimp my writing.
Find these and more here.
You can also check out our last-minute maths revision resource roundup.
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