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English Language & Literature GCSE

Learn with a highly qualified, experienced and friendly tutor

Sharon has been teaching English Language and English Literature GCSE for over 15 years but stays up-to-date with the latest learning and teaching research and best practice. She adapts lessons to the individual needs of each learner and creates a learning experience which quickly boosts her students' confidence. Sharon's skills are evident in the progress her students make.

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About the English Language & English Literature GCSE Programmes

The Tutor, Sharon, was awarded Master of Education in Applied Linguistics (with Distinction) in 2016 and, amongst other qualifications, has a BA (Hons) in English & French  Language Studies (2:1) and a Certificate in Teaching English (CELTA). 

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GSCE / iGCSE English Language & English Literature

Sharon teaches to the specification of each GCSE / iGCSE exam board, using up-to-date exam board specific materials, which she supplements with current and authentic texts and other resources. Sharon supports students to reach their full potential in all the skills required for each unit of the English Language and the English Literature GCSE.

Meeting the Individual Needs of Learners
Sharon applies her knowledge and researched based teaching methods to devise a learning progamme for each student which puts their individual learning needs at its centre.


Sharon works closely with her students to build a strong,  personal but professional relationship by:

  • building their confidence;

  • helping them improve their study skills;

  • providing relevant information about the syllabus;

  • providing relevant information about the exams;

  • providing opportunity for questions and meaningful discussion.

Special Educational Needs and Disability

Sharon has been working with learners with a range of learning differences and physical impairments for many years. Supporting all her students to reach their full potential is the motivation behind her teaching, which is rooted in self-awareness, flexibility and sensitivity.

Home Educated and Private Candidates

Sharon teaches the full course syllabus for  English Language and English Literature GCSEs and iGCSEs and will support students and/or their parents with the process of securing a place to sit the exams at local exam centres, or schools and colleges which accept external candidates.

Developing Effective Skills

Sharon motivates her students by ensuring that texts are accessible to learners of all abilities. Providing appropriate
stretch and challenge, she supports students to develop the skills they need to read, understand and analyse a wide range of different texts covering 19th, 20th and 21st century time periods. Sharon works with her students on the skills needed to write clearly, coherently and accurately using a range of vocabulary and sentence structures.  

Sharon supports her students to develop the crucial skills required for:

Literal and inferential comprehension: 

  • understanding language in context;

  • exploring plot, characterisation, events and settings; 

  • distinguishing between what the explicit and the implied; 

  • explaining motivation, event sequences and the relationship between actions or events.


Critical reading: 

  • identifying, and distinguishing between, themes; 

  • supporting a point of view by referring to evidence in a text; 

  • recognising and evaluating different responses to a text; 

  • understanding and using the writers’ social, historical and cultural contexts to inform evaluation;

  • making an informed personal response through analysis and evaluation of a text.

Evaluation of a writer’s linguistic and literary choices: 

  • analysing and evaluating language, structure, form and presentation choices; 

  • using linguistic and literary terminology for such evaluation.


Comparing texts:

  • comparing and contrasting texts, referring to theme, characterisation, context, style and literary quality;

  • comparing two texts critically using the above tools.


Producing clear and coherent text: 

  • writing effectively about literature for different purposes, for example, to describe, explain, summarise, argue, analyse and evaluate; 

  • articulating and presenting a point of view;

  • selecting and emphasising the key points; 

  • using relevant quotation and using comprehensive and appropriate textual references.

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