English Language and Literature is a dynamic and exciting course for students who feel they have an enthusiasm and skill in both areas. It combines examining literary texts with using an understanding of how language works to create texts and to suggest the speaker or writer’s identity. As you work on both Englishes, you will examine how spontaneous speech operates in real life and how dialogue can be represented in texts. This course enables students to study a wide range of text-types, including fiction such as novels, short stories, poetry and plays and non-fiction varieties including memoir, articles, online texts and conversational transcripts.
The course consists of two exams:
This focuses on exploring an anthology of text-types and one stage play, such as 'A Streetcar Named Desire'
This unit involves studying a wide range of non-fiction texts on a chosen theme, in preparation for responding to an unseen text on one theme, from the following list:
We will also read and examine two literary texts on one of the above key themes; for instance, 'The Great Gatsby' and 'Othello'.
The English Area at Varndean College offers a weekly class for writers run by published performance poet and writer, Rachel Shorer. It is an extracurricular activity open to all. In each session, she leads workshops on developing students’ skills in different aspects of creative writing. Prose, poetry, drama and script writing are all covered. Rachel also offers detailed advice on individual work in progress.