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Teaching English is about more than IGCSE’s and IB exams

One of my key objectives when teaching, is to inspire students to explore ideologies, culture and history through literature.

Reading is often seen as an academic chore, but I want my students to see it more as a pair of binoculars which allows them to closely observe aspects of life that they may not have experienced or even be aware of.

In this week’s grade 8/9 English Literature class, we started to read/study/analyse ‘MASTER HAROLD AND THE BOYS’, a play by Athol Fugard.

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101 Great Books To Read for College Bound Readers

Students who take tuition and classes to boost their SAT score often find improving in the English section to be the most challenging.

Prevention is better than cure and it is more beneficial to work on building comprehension and analytical skills in advance through regular, quality reading .

The College Board sets the SAT papers and recommends 101 “Great Books” to read.

I suggest that the best time to start reading  is grade 8/9, before the pressure of external examinations intensifies.

Read deeply paying attention to the following ideas rather than just plot:

  • themes
  • character development
  • authorial purpose
  • how effects have been created
  • setting
  • context

Click on the link below for a downloadable list of books. I’m sure you will find one of the great masters of literature appealing.

101 Great Books To Read for College Bound Readers

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Literary analysis of Trump’s inaugural speech

An application of IGCSE/IB English Language skills.

Does Trump Really Have the Best Words?

A statistical analysis of Trump’s inaugural address
by Justin Rice, published on 01/20/2017

On January 20th, Donald Trump delivered the 58th presidential inaugural address. Trump is a singular figure in US history and hordes of pundits will spend countless hours dissecting the content of his speech.

Rather than doing the same, Analitics have analyzed what Trump says, using data analysis to explore how he says it, and comparing his words with those of the 57 previous inaugurals to see what we learn.

click the link below to read the analysis.

Does Trump Really Have the Best Words? A statistical analysis of Litcharts.com Trump’s inaugural address by Justin Rice, published on 01/20/2017

Books + Data by LitCharts

US Colleges that do not require SAT or ACT scores

For those of you understandably sweating over the upcoming SAT exam on 21st January 2017, do not lose hope. If after numerous tuition sessions, timed practice papers, meticulous revision of grammar and mathematics rules you still do not quite achieve the score of your (or anyone elses!) dreams, all is not lost.

Take a look at this list of schools listed in The Washington Post that do not require SAT or ACT scores and focus your attention on

  • original and authentic university essays,
  • IB scores
  • endeavours that show a genuine commitment and passion for your chosen field of study.

A list of 180+ ranked schools that don’t require ACT or SAT scores for admissions