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Helpful links for the WJEC GCSE for English Language (2015 -)

GCSE Eng Lang Component 2 bicycles. Edusites War and Espionage. Gettysburg and Blair. Lincoln question 4 exemplar. Language 2. Cassells Household Guide - chapter by chapter. Victorian London - Publications - Etiquette and Household Advice Manuals - Cassells Household Guide, c.1880s [no date] [this page is under construction and will be for some time; if you want the full text of a grey section (ie. not yet scanned), email me and I will prioritise it when I next tackle this book, ed.]

Cassells Household Guide - chapter by chapter

*show alphabetical list - click here Volume 1 Income and Management - I. ‘Golly’, ‘cassette’ and ‘croquet’: the words we no longer use. A huge ongoing study by Lancaster University and Cambridge University has discovered what, in fact, we probably knew already: that word-usage changes continuously under the pressures of historical malaise, new sensitivities, the new machineries of life and fashion.

‘Golly’, ‘cassette’ and ‘croquet’: the words we no longer use

“Golly” is fast going. No need to ask why. Good thing, too. And “gosh” is long gone; it’s one of those euphemistic items of religious vocabulary (along with “blimey” and “gadzooks”) that we largely godless people don’t see the point of any more. “Gee!” Also going quickly out of fashion are “crossword”, “playschool”, “Avon”, “cassette” and “croquet”. Help us preserve your dialect: tell us about the unusual words you use. Picture yourself heading out for a jog.

Help us preserve your dialect: tell us about the unusual words you use

Now picture your footwear. What word would you use? Daps, pumps, plimsolls, sand shoes, sannies, gutties, sneakers, runners or trainers? Now imagine you take a shortcut between two houses: are you in a ginnel, a snicket, a twitten, a twitchel, a drang, a closie or an alley? Chances are you recognise a maximum of two of the words in each of these lists, but all of them are in active use in the UK. We know this because, in 2010 and 2011, the linguists in the British Library had recording booths set up in locations all over the UK to capture the words we use.

The result was the Evolving English WordBank, a collection of words used in different parts of the country and elsewhere in the world. So come on, spread the word. Economist. BIOLOGISTS reckon that most species that have ever existed are extinct.


That is true of words, too. Of the Oxford English Dictionary’s 231,000 entries, at least a fifth are obsolete. They range from “aa”, a stream or waterway (try that in Scrabble), to “zymome”, “that constituent of gluten which is insoluble in alcohol”. That is surely an undercounting. The English have an unusually rich lexicon, in part because first they were conquered (by the Vikings and Norman French) and then they took their turn conquering large swathes of the Earth, in Asia, North America and Africa. Dedicated researchers have managed to capture some of the unwritten ones. The smaller and more local a word, the more danger it faces of dying out.

A study published in 2012 found some evidence for this homogenisation. But DARE’s editors resist the standardisation hypothesis. Some words were never a great loss in the first place. FoxType. Different exam board but still useful. BBC Bitesize - GCSE English Language - How to compare texts - Revision 2. Unseen-20th-and-21st-century-literary-texts-teacher-guide.

Brighton Rock extract. Mr Richardson Mock exam. Texts for Mr Richardson mock. BBC Bitesize - GCSE English Language - Writing fiction - Revision 1. Literary Non-fiction Texts. Argumentative examplar 2. Argumentative exemplar 1. Revision-GCSE: English Key Words. The new English Language GCSE: introducing 19th century fiction. Despite my delight at the inclusion of unseen 19th century fiction on the new English Language GCSE, I know that it will present some challenges to pupils.

The new English Language GCSE: introducing 19th century fiction

This means it will also present challenges to teachers in working out how pupils will access prose that differs greatly from the kind of prose written today. With that in mind, I thought I’d share how a colleague and I have thought about introducing 19th century fiction to pupils starting the new GCSE this year. We decided that, rather than concentrate on exam skills in the first instance, the initial study of 19th century fiction should be an introduction: we will look at conventions, literary devices and stylistic features. So, whilst we are teaching for the Edexcel specification*, which differs from other specifications in some ways, this may still be useful as an introduction to 19th century writing if you are using other exam boards, or when introducing the English Literature GCSE 19th century text.

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