The GCSE English Literature syllabus is made in such way that it makes you interpret and evaluate it while reading it. It makes students to not only understand the literal meaning of the text but also makes them realise and understand the deeper meaning of the words and phrases that go beyond their literal meaning.
GCSE English teaches students to explore, learn and understand various ways in which the language can be written and interpreted. Students also learn to interpret the language in their own way. They learn to form and opinion.
GCSE English Literature broadens student’s way of thinking and makes them experiment with the words. They learn to use words like they haven’t learned before. So that they can express themselves better.
The subject covers the following topics:
Prose – Dramas (famous drama from well know authors and writers), short stories (like The Last Leaf).
Poetry – these include sonnets, duet, well know poems of love, war and the way of life.
The board has been tinkering with the assessment patterns every now and then. They now to plan to assess students on the basis of exams where in more weightage is to be given to the exam (60%) and forty percent of weightage is to be given to the coursework.
Should you take the course?
There are certain skills that you must have to take up the course:
1) Reading skills: to understand the literal (understanding the actual meaning of words and phrases) and implicit meaning (The message the author is trying to convey) of words.
2) Using textual evidence: reading the text thoroughly and quoting the text. This shows how good a reader you are.
3) Analysing writers’ styles/techniques: Every writer has a unique way of writing. Understanding and analysing the message the author message is very important.